Poor Spider-Man—the dude just couldn’t catch a break during the 2000s. Marvel seemingly felt pressure to keep pushing the envelope with the character in order to inject life into The Amazing Spider-Man’s slumping sales, but instead of giving creators the freedom to craft great plots, overwhelming editorial interference led to some of the worst stories the company ever put out. And one prime example of this is 2004’s “Sins Past.”
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, this story revealed in a flashback that Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, had impregnated Spider-Man’s old girlfriend, the late Gwen Stacy, with superpowered twins while the two were still dating. Of course, the twins eventually came after Spider-Man in the present after they aged at an advanced rate, thanks to the Green Goblin serum in their blood. In retrospect, this sordid tale ruined the beautifully tragic story of Gwen Stacy’s death from Amazing Spider-Man #121 by making her seem like a complete hussy here.