60 years of Spider-Man: a superhero like no other | new university
Spider-Man was introduced to the world in June 1962, when the Marvel comic “Amazing Fantasy #15” was released. 60 years later, his name has spawned a massive media franchise that includes several blockbuster movies, several cartoons, a hit video game series, and several bestselling comic books. Spider-Man helped launch the careers of many famous creators, including comic book writers Brian Michael Bendis and Todd McFarlane, as well as creator Stan Lee.
Spider-Man was originally created by Lee out of a desire to subvert the typical superhero. While most superheroes of the era were adults who found their powers that brought them fame, like Superman or Batman, Spider-Man was a teenager who found his powers were giving him trouble. While some, like Lee’s editor Martin Goodman, thought this approach wouldn’t work due to its unconventional nature, it seems to have succeeded precisely for that reason, as its story of a hero with the problems of an ordinary person resonated all over the world. the world.
Spider-Man’s origin story is as follows: Nerdy and clumsy Peter Parker lives with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. One day, while on a trip to a local science fair, he is bitten by a radioactive spider, giving him his commensurate speed and strength. He uses this new power to fight a wrestler for money but refuses to arrest a thief soon after. The thief ends up killing his uncle Ben, who teaches him the lesson that “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Spider-Man is known for his memorable supporting cast. These include his bully turned ally Flash Thompson; J. Jonah Jameson, a newspaper publisher who views Spider-Man as a threat but hires Peter as a photographer anyway; and Mary Jane Watson, Peter’s independent and supportive girlfriend.
The character is also known for his memorable villains, including the Green Goblin, Peter’s best friend’s father, who was driven insane by a secret formula; Doctor Octopus, a scientist with several mechanical arms attached to his body; and Venom, an alien symbiote who bonded with a reporter, granting him powers similar to Spider-Man. In particular, Spider-Man’s villain, the Punisher, a vigilante seeking revenge for the death of his family, became so popular that he became his own comic book.
In addition to Peter, there are many other versions of Spider-Man. They include Takuya Yamashiro, a Japanese motocross racer who got his powers from an alien and has the ability to summon a giant robot; Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino child who assumed the post-death identity of Peter’s incarnation in his universe; and Gwen Stacy, one of Peter’s other love interests who gained her powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter in alternate continuity.
In addition to the comics, Spider-Man is also known for his appearances in various media adaptations. TV shows, cartoons, and video games have made the character famous even to people who don’t read comic books. But most of the general public know Spider-Man from his film adaptations. Through portrayals of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland, Spider-Man came to life on the big screen and lives in the hearts of fans ever since.
The three actors each put their own spin on the role, portraying Spider-Man in different ways. Maguire’s Peter Parker stays true to Spider-Man’s origins – a lonely teenager struggling with his newfound powers – and his performance in “Spider-Man 3” spawned the famous “Bully Maguire” meme that’s still beloved to this day. day. He is socially inept, no longer a bit clumsy and dorky, but he is good-natured and develops a strong sense of responsibility. Garfield’s Spider-Man is sarcastic and sarcastic with a witty sense of humor; his romance with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is heartwarming but bittersweet, given the end of their relationship. Holland creates a memorable Spider-Man through his character’s involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his notable “father-son” relationship with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his dealings with Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch ). The three Spider-Men reunited in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” creating superhero movie history and setting multiple box office records.
Looking to get into the Spider-Man comics? Try the Ultimate Spiderman series. This line of comics modernizes the character’s origin story. For example, Peter was bitten by a genetically modified spider in this version. It also speeds up the plot, with Venom appearing after only 33 issues, not 301, and alters storylines that appeared in the original comic, such as the “Clone Saga”. The series can be found in trade paperbacks, which are comic book compilations, usually consisting of a single storyline or related issues.
Spider-Man has long dominated comic book and movie media. With its relatable personality and memorable cast, it looks like it will continue to grow in popularity well into the distant future.
Bailey Kanthatham is an entertainment writer. He can be reached at [email protected].
Grace Tu is an entertainment staff writer. She can be reached at [email protected].