Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Back To The Status Quo Edition

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Ever since the storyline that led to Doctor Octopus’ mind taking over the body of Peter Parker, some folks have been snarking that “We all know it has to end before the next Spider-Man movie.”  On the one hand, the sentiment is at least partially true, but on the other, it’s dishearteningly harsh, and seems designed to undermine everyone’s enjoyment of the stories being told.  The journey, it is said, is as important as the destination (sometimes more so) and the quality of the story-arc made ‘Superior’ as interesting a run as the ol Web-Head has had in a couple of years.  Marvel’s current publishing strategy allows for the wild and crazy creativity of a Superior Spider-Man or a Young Avengers, while guaranteeing that the toys will be neatly back in the box at the end of the run, as we saw with Brian Bendis’ mega-stint on the Avengers titles.  It’s a theory that could create the best of both possible worlds, which leads to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) finds that, sometimes, predicting where a story might go is immensely satisfying, asking: Does it affect your enjoyment of a story if you suspect that the characters might immediately return to status quo when the tale is complete?