The wedding between Peter Parker and Mary Jane was a happy occasion back in 1987, but when the 2000s came along, Marvel was looking for ways to split up the power couple. Apparently, writers and editors had found it hard to keep a married Spider-Man interesting when so much of the character’s career had depended on the romantic drama in his life. So, the company launched the storyline "One More Day," which was designed to put an end to his marriage and begin a new era for the Wall Crawler.

The bad part? The story was absolutely illogical. Simply put, in an attempt to save the life of his Aunt May, Spider-Man cuts a deal with Mephisto, a.k.a. The Devil. In the deal, Mephisto demands that Spider-Man give up his marriage as payment for his aunt’s life. Of course, Peter Parker and Mary Jane agree, and voilà, the Spider-Man marriage was over.

The story itself was a hodgepodge of flat plotting and editorial interference that made the whole thing feel like it was written at gunpoint by the otherwise stellar J. Michael Straczynski. This is the perfect example of how, at times, editorial interference can completely overshadow the creative aspects of the superhero genre. It also led to the vilification of then-Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, who many fans still believe is more diabolical than Mephisto himself. It's just another example of how people will always remember the bad over the good.