Part of a recent issue of Marvel's flagship Amazing series featured villain The Chameleon taking the place of Peter Parker (not knowing that he's actually Spider-Man) and seducing Parker's roommate Michelle Gonzales. So it's got some of us thinking, did it mean that Michelle was raped by the Chameleon?
Someone decided to go and ask the writer of the story, Fred Van Lente, who argues that it is, indeed, not rape:
My understanding of the definition of rape is that it requires force or the threat of force, so no. Using deception to trick someone into granting consent isn't quite the same thing.
Which is not to say it isn't horrible, evil, reprehensible thing that Chameleon did. He is a bad man.
He insults parapelegics and dips people in acid too.
He also argued that Amazing Spider-Man #605 makes it very clear that Michelle and Chameleon did nothing more than make out in the kitchen scene in #603 and that "there was no sex, and therefore no rape".
But surely if Michelle is pictured wearing Peter's underwear, it is to imply that they had sex? I mean, if all they did was make out, Michelle wouldn't suddenly be wearing his shirt and undergarments?
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