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    I'm not really keeping up with the current goings on with Spidey, but the last time I did he just lost his job as Science Editor of the Daily Bugle (practically when he first got it), which I thought was a real shame. While I thought editor was a bit high up the ladder for someone who's never really done much of the writing side of newspaper work (science writer/reporter would've been better, imho), I thought this was a perfect combination of his two non-superhero worlds. While the JMS run was the last real time I enjoyed Spider-Man, I can see how being a high school teacher might age him up more than TPTB are comfortable with, especially since he's directly mentoring kids who were around his age when he first started as Spider-Man (which only highlights his age even more). But as a science reporter/writer, he could still have all the other trials and tribulations of someone perpetually in their 20s, while seemingly progressing in his life.

    Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attn as previously mentioned, but it seems as if Marvel has had a hard time nailing down one specific job for Pete. Anyone have a favorite or any ideas for a new one that could maybe stick around for awhile?
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    Last I checked, during Nick Spencer's run, he was in graduate studies at Empire State University trying to (re)earn his doctorate, and according to the Ghost-Spider series around that time, he became Curt Connors's teaching assistant. That said, I'd think the reason Marvel has a hard time nailing down a specific job for Peter is that Marvel has a hard time letting Peter progress meaningfully beyond the classic status quo in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntsman Spider View Post
    Last I checked, during Nick Spencer's run, he was in graduate studies at Empire State University trying to (re)earn his doctorate, and according to the Ghost-Spider series around that time, he became Curt Connors's teaching assistant. That said, I'd think the reason Marvel has a hard time nailing down a specific job for Peter is that Marvel has a hard time letting Peter progress meaningfully beyond the classic status quo in the first place.
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    i predict another forced scandal... (let's see, you had Jonah calling him out for a doctored photo, then the "plagiarism" for when Otto had his body..) and another "reboot" after that..

    I'd like to see Peter... nah, it would be written to end in disaster, anyway...

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    idk but its time for something to stick. Peter should be at a point where he completely balances his personal life and superhero life.
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    Will we ever get a job that lasts as long as the Bugle did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frontier View Post
    Will we ever get a job that lasts as long as the Bugle did?
    I honestly can't believe it's been this long without reverting to that hallowed ground. Slott tried it but Spencer said nah and went with the student trope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exile001 View Post
    I honestly can't believe it's been this long without reverting to that hallowed ground. Slott tried it but Spencer said nah and went with the student trope.

    Horizon was perfect. Real shame that got nuked.
    Slott and Spencer kind of did a one-two punch though of destroying any chance of Pete having a legitimate journalism career. Pete got busted for doctoring photos in Slott's run and later for academic plagiarism at the beginning of Spencer's. Realistically that should close the door on his career in journalism.
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    Remember when Spider-Man was a live streamer? Ah yeah right... that went absolutely nowhere because Peter unprofessionally ruined the entire thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exile001 View Post
    I honestly can't believe it's been this long without reverting to that hallowed ground. Slott tried it but Spencer said nah and went with the student trope.

    Horizon was perfect. Real shame that got nuked.
    Well, it depends on what you wanted to get out of Horizon.

    I don't think Slott sold it near as well as the Bugle status quo compared to it just being a way for more tech/costumes for Spidey, especially from a supporting cast standpoint.

    My favorite interpretation of Max Modell is the one from the Marvel's Spider-Man cartoon where seemingly every decision he makes, however well-meaning, ends up screwing Peter over. I think a similar take to Horizon might have made it more interesting
    Quote Originally Posted by The Negative Zone View Post
    Remember when Spider-Man was a live streamer? Ah yeah right... that went absolutely nowhere because Peter unprofessionally ruined the entire thing.
    And the new costume that lasted all of an arc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntsman Spider View Post
    Last I checked, during Nick Spencer's run, he was in graduate studies at Empire State University trying to (re)earn his doctorate, and according to the Ghost-Spider series around that time, he became Curt Connors's teaching assistant. That said, I'd think the reason Marvel has a hard time nailing down a specific job for Peter is that Marvel has a hard time letting Peter progress meaningfully beyond the classic status quo in the first place.
    Spencer had NO IDEA what to do with Pete or how to write him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris0013 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncanny Mutie View Post
    Spencer had NO IDEA what to do with Pete or how to write him...
    I think he had some good ideas, at least in the beginning. We may never know how much of what transpired later in that run was down to him and/or down to interference from higher up, given all the allusions to One More Day that ultimately went nowhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEchidna View Post
    Slott and Spencer kind of did a one-two punch though of destroying any chance of Pete having a legitimate journalism career. Pete got busted for doctoring photos in Slott's run and later for academic plagiarism at the beginning of Spencer's. Realistically that should close the door on his career in journalism.
    Which pisses me off because I think that is the perfect job for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonEchidna View Post
    Slott and Spencer kind of did a one-two punch though of destroying any chance of Pete having a legitimate journalism career. Pete got busted for doctoring photos in Slott's run and later for academic plagiarism at the beginning of Spencer's. Realistically that should close the door on his career in journalism.
    If I recall right, Peter doctoring photos happened during Brand New Day, so it might not have been entirely on Dan Slott, as BND had a rotating stable of writers in each arc. Would have to check the specific issue where it happened to see for sure, though. As for the "academic plagiarism," that was technically Otto Octavius hijacking Peter's body and life and then trying to get a doctorate in Peter's name using his own previous work, thinking everyone else was too stupid to see through it, although the point Spencer was making (or trying to make) was that Peter shouldn't have accepted any of the "success" Otto procured for him, since it was born of deception and theft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntsman Spider View Post
    If I recall right, Peter doctoring photos happened during Brand New Day, so it might not have been entirely on Dan Slott, as BND had a rotating stable of writers in each arc. Would have to check the specific issue where it happened to see for sure, though. As for the "academic plagiarism," that was technically Otto Octavius hijacking Peter's body and life and then trying to get a doctorate in Peter's name using his own previous work, thinking everyone else was too stupid to see through it, although the point Spencer was making (or trying to make) was that Peter shouldn't have accepted any of the "success" Otto procured for him, since it was born of deception and theft.
    Waid wrote that storyline, yep. But considering how close it was to Big Time and the planned new direction there I'm sure it was an editorial decision.

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