RE"spec"t my grind


I've been watching how the MCU and Marvel take storylines and change them a little lately, as well as how recent releases tie in with those shows and movies. Something that seems to be on the horizon is the arrival of Jackpot.

Follow me for a second before you dismiss it. 

In the comics, Peter's Aunt May is dying because she was shot. Parker ends up running from the law after revealing his identity. He was told no one would be able to find out and the people he loves won't be in danger. But that isn't how it actually works out. The Kingpin sends a hit squad after Peter and they miss him, but hit May. She's lying in a hospital bed when we see a situation similar to the origin of Ghost Rider take place. Peter and MJ make a deal with Mephisto to save Aunt May. Instead of Peter's soul, Mephisto wants their marriage. Ultimately, they agree to the trade. 

Now, the story is too long to explain, but the major components share some key characters already at work in the MCU. First, Civil War is what launches the storyline into play with Peter's identity becoming exposed. In the Spider-Man movies, Peter's identity goes public because of Mysterio. Doctor Strange is weaved throughout the multiple comic storylines. Instead of a deal with Mephisto, Strange arranges for the event that leads to the world (and MJ) forgetting Parker and his life as Spider-Man. 

There are also times when characters like Dr. Doom, Loki, and the X-Men come into play. Doom is potentially going to make a major arrival in the new Fantastic Four movie. He may also be involved with the next Big Bad replacing Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror. Strange and Parker are still intertwined. Kraven and Mysterio are both also involved in the storyline and there has been talk of Mysterio popping back up in Secret Wars. Secret Wars is also part of the storyline, so there's that. The X-Men are coming over to the MCU and that makes a possibility for a long-term playout to take place. Then there's the Loki series that shows multiple lines of the multiverse connected to him. The MJ storyline includes a god of mischief named Wayeb. His Mayan background is slightly different, but that doesn't mean they aren't linked, at least in the MCU as a Loki variant. 

I'm excited to see how this will play out. The Jackpot movie idea isn't new. That's well known. The addition of the Madame Web film and all the additional Spider-Verse characters only opens up the idea of a character like Jackpot arriving at Sony (possibly as an exchange to free other characters up?). The big picture view MArvel uses to open up storylines to sell new and old comics continues to amaze me. But if the recent comic lines arriving in store give us any idea of where we see the movies headed, I don't think it will be long until Mary Jane becomes Jackpot onscreen. 

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