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Mea Culpa: An initiation ceremony for Spider-Man fans

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01.09.2019

In a comment article about the dispute between Sony and Disney about the rights to Spider-Man, we used the phrase “for the uninitiated …” Speaking as a semi-initiate, with a rudimentary understanding of the difference between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC one, I thought that this might be a patronising way to introduce a paragraph of explanation.

I can see why the author did it, knowing that most of those who would be interested in the article in the first place would be familiar with the background. But there is never any harm in a short recap of “the story so far”, even for an audience that knows it well.

Much more often,........

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