Why do YOU love Peter Parker and the Spider-Man series?

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Why do YOU love Peter Parker and the Spider-Man series?

Post by Big Al » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:01 pm

Kind of an obvious question but one I do not recall actually being asked here.

For each of you what is it about Peter Parker's character that makes YOU like him?
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Re: Why do YOU love Peter Parker and the Spider-Man series?

Post by Big Al » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:53 pm

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Re: Why do YOU love Peter Parker and the Spider-Man series?

Post by MisterMets » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:50 pm

This is an interesting question.

The core is just so brilliant: an intelligent, likable and witty young man atones for an early screw up at great cost to himself, unable to articulate his inner dilemma to the outside world.

And then there’s all the other stuff that works so effectively. Marvel Manhattan is simply the best fictional setting in any work of speculative fiction. If the Rogues Gallery isn’t the greatest, it’s up there, competing with Batman, Doctor Who and maybe Dick Tracy. Likewise if the supporting cast isn’t the absolute best in the comics medium, they merit an honorable mention. The power-set (super-strength, webbing, spider-sense, etc.) is perfect for an action series in a visual medium.

It all adds up to immense potential.

There's something the literary critic Harold Bloom said of Hamlet that I think applies to Spider-Man's potential.
Here is a bewildering range of freedoms available to Hamlet: he could marry Ophelia, ascend to the throne after Claudius if waiting was bearable, cut Claudius down at almost any time, leave for Wittenberg without permission, organize a coup (being the favorite of the people) or even devote himself to botching plays for the theater. Like his father, he could center upon being a soldier, akin to the younger Fortinbras, or conversely he can turn his superb mind to more organized speculation, philosophical or hermetic, than has been his custom. Ophelia describes him, in her lament for his madness, as having been courtier, soldier and scholar, the exemplar of form and fashion in all of Denmark. If the Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is Poem unlimited, beyond genre and rules, then its protagonist is character unlimited, beyond even such precursors as the biblical David or the classical Brutus. But how many freedoms can be afforded Hamlet in a tragic play? What project can be large enough to contain him?

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