Marvel’s MC2 comics weren’t a major hit originally,, but some fine-tuning could allow these comics to reach a younger generation of readers.
Spider-Girl may not star in too many comics nowadays, but at one point, she was the star of her own alternate universe. MC2 was an imprint of Marvel Comics, as well as an alternate universe that showcased the future of Marvel and its greatest heroes. In doing so, it provided something that few ongoing comics ever can.
MC2 showcased a way in which comics could actually move forward while still offering a more "classic" experience. It was also a great way for younger readers to get on board reading monthly comic books, especially through heroes who were both recognizable and relatable. With all these things going for it, it's time for the home of Spider-Girl to be given a second chance.
MC2, aka Marvel Comics 2, was an imprint that spun off from a What If…? issue that introduced Mayday Parker (Spider-Girl). This comic would itself be based around the events of the infamous Clone Saga, which is considered by many to be one of the worst stories in Spider-Man comics. Despite the quality of this source material, MC2 and its premiere book would become fairly well-regarded by fans.
That mainly applied to Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz's Spider-Girl, which constantly staved off cancelation and was backed by a fierce fanbase. The series focused on May "Mayday" Parker, the daughter of Spider-Man and Mary Jane who had inherited her father's powers. Other books included J2 (featuring the heroic son of X-Men foe Juggernaut), A-Next (the new generation of Avengers), Wild Thing (focused on the daughter of Wolverine and Elektra) and Fantastic Five. Most of these titles didn't last long, though that was mainly due to a distribution deal for the books falling through.
Spider-Girl would continue once the other MC2 titles had ceased publication, with Mayday's popularity far surpassing that of other Spider-Girls and Spider-Women. She's now MIA from comic books, and the same is definitely the case for the other MC2 characters. Though they may have been out of the limelight for several years, they could be the key to Marvel reaching a newer, younger audience.
It's no secret that superhero and comic book fans have their favorites, and any attempt to get rid of these heroes can many times be met with skepticism or outright vitriol. Comic books are a gamble of keeping things similar while also moving characters forward, with the idea of marriage and having children being the biggest obstacles to either goal. Much like the Ultimate Universe comic books that would release after it, MC2 was a way to have the traditional heroes while also showcasing a younger, newer and sometimes more diverse generation of successors.
MC2 ran alongside the mainstream Marvel Universe comic books, and it was firmly presented as an alternate future to those stories. Thus, fans of the "real" incarnations of certain heroes could simply follow the main titles, while younger readers could follow the adventures of heroes closer to their age in the MC2 books. These titles lacked decades of publication and continuity, making them easier for newcomers to get into. Likewise, their writing was largely geared toward younger readers, having a more classical outlook and eschewing the darker narratives of the early '90s. MC2 books would be perfect for school libraries and book fairs.
Such titles could work as a gateway for younger readers or even lapsed older fans who crave more "old-school" storytelling, with those who enjoy them branching out into Marvel's other offerings from there. Using a hit heroine like Spider-Girl once more to lead the charge would be a good choice, especially since she might be instantly more "recognizable" to most. It would also give kids today their own generation of heroes who speak to them in a specific way. MC2 didn't last long in its original incarnation, but a push in the modern day could see it reach a greater audience than ever.
Timothy Blake Donohoo is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in Communication and minored in Creative Writing. A professional freelance writer and marketing expert, he’s written marketing copy and retail listings for companies such as Viatek. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, watching documentaries and catching up on the latest Vaporwave and Electro-Swing musical releases.