despite reading countless complaints about the House of M on these boards, i finally caved and bought the TPB last night and read it in sitting. i actually enjoyed it. i thought it was interesting and provided some interesting insights into minds of the characters involved. but there's something that's been bugging me and i'd like your guys' opinion. as a recap, the House of M series circles around the crazy Scarlet Witch who creates an alternate reality and forces the entire world to live in it. this alternate reality is, first and foremost, a mirror image of Magneto's ideal society: homo-superior outnumbers homo-sapien and everyone is living in relative peace and harmony. within this world, every other super hero is given what they always wanted (or want). which brings us to Peter's alternate reality. in this reality, we find him married to Gwen, with a son named Richie, and his Uncle Ben still alive. Spider-Man actually has fans and is generally loved by New York. Mary Jane is nowhere in the picture. she's out in Hollywood, making blockbuster pictures and dating the likes of Tony Stark. my question is, do you think this reality was created by the Scarlet Witch to represent the reality Peter wants or the reality he figures would be best? the difference between these two realities can be summed up thusly: the reality Peter wants is how he would have it, if he could. that implies he's unhappy with his marriage to MJ as he would rather be married to Gwen. he wishes he had a son and his uncle Ben as well as the love and admiration of New York City. the reality Peter figures would be best is more of a construct based on his fears and regrets. he regrets letting the mugger get away and allowing him to kill Uncle Ben. he is haunted by the death of Gwen Stacey. he fears he's holding MJ's career back. he fears the radioactive bite from the spider has possibly made him infertile or worse, would cause his offspring to come out deformed and/or mutated. i'm wondering about this because if it's the first, if what we saw was what Peter wishes his life was like, how are we supposed to feel about MJ? i understand Gwendy was his first love, but isn't MJ his current love -- if not the love of his life? so much time is given to Gwen, this tragic character that MJ takes the backseat to her and MJ is his wife! MJ has been through more with Peter than Gwen ever was! do writers just not get MJ? do they not know what to do with her? the only reason Gwen might be more interesting is because writers make her that way. i understand Peter will never get over Gwen's death, but isn't it time Marvel moved on?