Ok, so in terms of Spider-Man I have to disagree with you. One of the lasting appeals of Spiderman is the fact that despite being an iconic hero, he's always been an "everyman" character that deals with the regular issues a normal person would. By making him rich, it takes away from that and suddenly makes him closer to a Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne type. To me, that's never been Spider-Man. They could have given him a better, well paying job instead of making him rich.
As for Miles Morales, sadly I don't give a damn about him. Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Miles sort of is an example of everything that has gone wrong at Marvel.
In regards to BatxCat I have to say I have to disagree with how you envision things simply because I don't want to see her wasted in books just being in the panel just to remind readers "oh yeah! They're together." TBH, they could be married, in love but still often apart doing thier own things and I'd be fine. Because thier relationship can't be normal. Because they're not normal. With Batman's obsession and Catwoman's aloofness it wouldn't make sense for them to try and have a normal type relationship. Not to mention Catwoman is a far more hands on character than Mary Jane or Lois could ever be.
So even though I agree that her presence in his books would have to increase I disagree with how you think she could/should be used. In short if you're not going to really use Catwoman in a particular arc then don't show her. Little cameos are a waste for a character of her calibur.
The difference between us is that I don't think that Spider-Man being rich takes anything away from his consistently poor past. It's not as if all the years he spent poor or struggling to make ends meat have been erased. Rather, he's now doing exactly what Superior Spider-Man attempted to do and attempting to live up to his full potential, because a cornerstone of the character has almost always been that he's extremely intelligent and that he lets his own guilt, dating back to his Uncle Ben's death, keep him from capitalizing on that. Peter Parker is a genius, plain and simple. That's been acknowledged time and again. Therefore, there's really not any reason that he shouldn't have always been rich with an intellect like his and with the friends/resources he has access to. The "everyman" aspect of him is great. I love it and would never devalue it. I literally couldn't emphasize it's importance enough, but I also enjoy new ideas, especially when they're handled well. Peter attempting to use his intelligence to do more and attempting to do more with the wealth that comes from it has been a good change of pace, which definitely ties into Miles Morales being thrown into the 616 universe as a younger Spider-Man. And again, it honestly wouldn't make sense from a thematic standpoint to have Miles as a young Spider-Man and Peter then going through the same problems that he's been going through for decades now. As I pointed out in my post, they've already given him a stable home life/income once before, which wasn't grand in any way (High School Science Teacher), after which he went back to being poor. The poor angle is quite simply played out at this point. They can return to it whenever they want, but after 30+ years of that i'm not going to suddenly act as if it's killed the character to try something new. Having access to a company and money certainly adds another similarity to Tony Stark, but it doesn't make Peter a clone of him and the differences in how the two handle it are what makes the story interesting at all, just like how the differences between how Batman, Nightwing, and Robin handle their problems can make all 3 of them stand apart from one another, despite various similarities.
Peter Parker is Spider-Man. So is Miles Morales. Simple as that. Amadeus Cho Hulk and Jane Foster Thor are what's gone wrong at Marvel. Miles Morales isn't, which is one of many reasons that he's been received much better than the latter two.
When did I say that Bruce and Selina couldn't be apart doing their own things? Answer, I didn't. I said that they at least have to appear on panel together now and again doing random things that married people do, otherwise you'll have readers wondering why they're not doing said things, where one is all the time while the other's at home, and it'll be exactly the same as if they weren't married at all. If you're not going to actually change anything about the characters and how they're presented in their own stories despite them being married then there's no point in you having them be together at all, because it won't add anything. Little cameos are hardly a waste of a character and the idea that a character can't make them is silly and contradicts that basic strategy of shared comic books lol everyone from Superman to Booster Gold has made little cameos. It literally doesn't cost anything to have a scene in a story where Batman and Duke are investigating the Riddler that shows Catwoman in the background working on her motorcycle, especially when she still has her own series that depicts her doing major things in Gotham away from Bruce, AND you still have her making major appearances in Bruce's series as well. Little cameos are honestly exactly what you should be doing with comic couples in which both characters don't just appear in the same series. This isn't some all or nothing thing, which goes back to how I never said the two couldn't be apart (In fact, i'm pretty sure, without looking back at my original post, that I said they should both be shown doing major things). The best tactic is to do everything with them, from major appearances to minor ones.
But then you can run into the trouble sometimes with characters like Mosiac who are brand new and don't sell at all.
I don't think it a lack of originality so much as the thought that if you give a character a new name the won't sell.
I'd say it's a confirmed thought too, because new characters often don't sell well, whereas the characters who are connected to an older character via a name often do. The lack of sales for the new character without the connection leads to the series, even if its good and shows promise, being cancelled before it can really hit its stride and draw in a large, dedicated fanbase, while the new character with the connection manages to stick around to do the same based off the sales of those who are interested in the name/connection alone. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule, but Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz as Green Lanterns are statistically going to have a better chance than new guy John Remington with the power to hop between dimensions (Not real of course, just using an example lol). Quite a few people might complain about specific names/titles being used again and again, but the simple fact is that that's what people buy. Too many comic readers don't take risks and try out new titles. That's why you typically get new heroes being introduced in team series instead of through their own solos. I agree that the best anyone can really do is just buy what they want to buy and when it comes to Legacy Characters just read the stories and judge them on their own merits. Barry Allen and Jay Garrick might share the same basic abilities and code name, but the histories, thoughts, and actions of the characters within the stories allow them to stand out, which then serves to make them completely different as characters. To me, it just means that you need to ensure a Legacy Character has a really good writer to help him/her not just come off as a knockoff of the earlier character(s).
Edited by Ace1225, Yesterday, 12:41 AM.