Back in August 1962, Amazing Fantasy comics issue number 15 gave birth to one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. Everyone’s favourite friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man came swinging into action to battle the likes of Green Goblin, Venom, Doc Ock and Big Wheel (seriously, Google him and witness the utter warm trash of a villain Jackson Weele is).
Created by the legendary writer and living cameo Stan Lee and designed by Steve Ditko over 55 years ago, it wasn’t until 2002 that director Sam Raimi truly gave Spider-Man a platform that did the character justice. After 15 years, 5 movies and 2 franchises later, we still can’t get enough of him. With Spider-Man: Homecoming approaching cinemas fast, we couldn’t be any more excited to see our favourite wall-climber venture further into his new MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] abode. But why is this? After half a century of having read, watched and played as the arachnoid teenager, we should have been done and dusted with him by now, but no. So, here are three reasons why we should be pumped for new Spider-Man movies:
- There’s so much to explore.
On paper, we have seen over 30 iterations of Spidey including zombie, medieval, robot, noir, dystopian – the list goes on. It’s ridiculous some of the versions of the character there are. It simply goes to show how little we’ve scratched the surface. Spider-Man is far more than the “with great power comes great responsibility”, Uncle Ben origin story that has been drilled into our cranium. He should be explored and reinvented, not thoughtlessly rebooted. Writers have only now begun to have fun with the character which could lead to all sorts of intriguing possibilities that we are dying to see.
- He’s exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs.
One of the main reasons Spider-Man grew into a phenomenon was because of how relatable the character of Peter Parker was. Parker, who is Spider-Man out of costume if you’re bizarrely unfamiliar with who he might be, was different to all other superhero alter-egos at the time. As much as we wanted to be Captain America or Iron Man, we knew deep down that we were in fact Peter Parker, who was just your average nerdy teenager. He’s our ambassador to the Marvel universe as we see ourselves through him.
Though witnessing Gods deal with their problems is entertaining enough, combating ice giants isn’t exactly scribbled on your to-do list now, is it? Spider-Man brings it all back down to Earth as we really feel the gravitas of not only his challenges, but by also putting the bigger picture into perspective. It will be interesting to see where his road will take him now that he’s playing in the big leagues, pitching against some of Marvel’s heaviest hitters.
- The best Spider-Man film hasn’t been made yet!
By no means are we saying the previous instalments were rubbish (a few definitely are though) – quite the opposite. However, after giving these films a thorough inspection, are they really the best that Spidey can offer? The MCU redesigned the superhero genre since spawning the universe back in 2008 with Iron Man. Taking a relatively average character, they successfully turned Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr.) into a household name. Spider-Man needs this type of facelift now more than ever. The stage is already set and already we’re invested in this universe. We know Marvel Studios can deliver the goods and it will only be a matter of when, not if, we’ll get the greatest Spider-Man movie of all time.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is showing in theatres July 7