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JOURNAL #5: “learning why Spider-Man will always be my hero.”

I’ve mentioned it before but Spider-Man is my favorite superhero – He has been since I was five years old. I’ve watched all the movies, I read the comics, and yes I even love the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. [I have the whole series on DVD!]  just watching him swing around, beat up bad guys, and make terrible jokes has made me into the person I am now. Last night however, I had the pleasure in [finally] watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2  and it got me thinking, why else do I like this character? I thought about it long and hard, and have come to some conclusions why I would choose Spidey over the likes of Superman or Batman any day. Please be aware – this post will have spoilers for the Spider-Man movies, comic books, and the character in general. Otherwise, if you’re okay with spoilers and other super hero stuff, read on!

lemme lay it down for you

like many of my favorite characters, Spider-Man is extremely fallible. I mean, sure – he has super powers [does whatever a Spider can], and he has the smarts; but ultimately – Peter Parker [depending on what form of Spider-Man you read/watch] is just a kid. He’s been Spider-Man since he was a young teen, and has grown both as a hero and a person. He’s not like Iron Man or Batman in the sense that he doesn’t have a ton of money [before being hired by Tony Stark – in the comics – he just took pictures of himself as Spider-Man and sent them to The Daily Bugle for some cash] or really – anyone.

Peter Parker has gone through a lot – both as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. from losing [more than one of] his loved ones [his parents, Uncle Ben, Gwen, etc], to feeling lost, to losing himself to the dark of his mind [read the venom symbiote story-arc], to even dying.. more than once too! It shows that even as a young man, he can push through the hardest of situations: and for that, I applaud you.

There’s also the most important part of him, which is what I take from him most: his humor. As we all know, Peter Parker – before the Spider-Man days – was a nerd. he had next to no friends, no one acknowledged him other than his family [Aunt May/Uncle Ben] and they always told him he was more than enough for anyone. When he became Spider-Man, it’s almost as if through becoming a hero, he became someone new. He jokes [almost insults] with villains while he battles them, even when he’s at the brink of death, he still makes time to make a joke out of things [SPOILER: like in Amazing Spider-Man 2, when Electro knocks him down and he’s clearly dying and his first words are “I hate this song”]

It’s through this humor [I like to believe anyway] that he manages to push through the bad, and turn it into something good. [which is something I do all the time, thanks to The Web-Head] even if he helps tons of people, he still lets Uncle Ben/Gwen Stacy’s death linger over his head – but somehow he manages to push forward, hoping one day – he can make it up to them. It’s reasons like this he left The Fantastic Four and quit The New Avengers – the more he cares about someone, the more likely they will die. No doubt he’s bound to blame himself.

In the end though, Spider-Man is still [swinging] around, but it’s not Peter Parker; not anymore. [he died in issue 700] we now have a new Spider-Man, who is none other than Miles Morales – who Peter actually gave his blessing to.  [see Miles’ costume above] I haven’t read any of the Morales time-line but at some point [hopefully soon] I plan to, because although I grew up with Peter Parker, I will gladly accept a new Spider-Man who has been passed the torch by Parker himself.

In all seriousness though, I want to thank you Spider-Man for being my hero. You’ve made me into the man I am today: making me live by the famous words of Uncle Ben: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, and without you – I would never have become the person I am now. I may not have super powers, but through your life and your hardships, I’ve learned to be a better person – and to be strong even in the hardest of times.

THANK-YOU.

welcome home. [RIP]

 

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with great power, comes great responsibility.

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Why ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ DESERVES it’s praise

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being as I work all this week, I figured this [now passed] weekend was perfect time to do some things that have been scratching at my head as of late: like go and [finally] see the new Marvel film — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. this is going to be a short-ish review so be aware that there will be spoilers after the jump, and that the full review will be found [after I type it up] over on Letterboxd here. Now, let’s talk about some space heroes, shall we? SPOILER WARNING!

The film opens up on a depressing note, with young Peter Quill watching his mother die of cancer and to make matters worse — he doesn’t know who his father is.. [but us comic book fans do, don’t we?] after running out of the hospital, young Quill gets picked up by what can only be described as the coolest alien spacecraft ever! 20-some years later, Peter is doing well; gathering interesting artifacts on different planets and pawning them off for profit – too bad the one his latest score is HUGE SPOILER ALERT! something Marvel calls: an Infinity Stone.

Now the thing about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is the fact that they’re so much more than just a group of misfits — more than a: half-human, two alien beings, a talking raccoon and a walking/talking tree; they become like a family to one another.. In the end, they actually need each other for survival. It feels real, it definitely tugs at your heart strings- in more than one way. Guardians is funny, sad, quirky and has a ton of fun being so. [don’t even get me started on that soundtrack, it’s perfect for the film]

Now what separates GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to most other Marvel films is the amount of cameos in the movie itself. From one of the Chitauri from The Avengers [you gotta look quickly – it’s in one of the glass cases during the scene with ‘The Collector’] to talks of the other Infinity Stones within the Marvel cinematic universe. The best cameo [in my opinion anyway] was the one at the end — after the credits. It’s a special little quirk, which many people may or may not have understood. That cameo was by none other than this guy!

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for those keeping points at home, that’s none other than fucking HOWARD THE DUCK! he hasn’t been in a film [let alone as a cameo] since his movie in the 80s – which was a commercial flop unfortunately, but look at him! he’s nearly perfect! he looks and acts [all in a span of 30 seconds] like he should have been back in the 80s! but what does this mean though? does Marvel have a plan for a new Harold The Duck film? Or was it purely to see who’s wise enough to notice who he is? Let me know what you think of this in the comments!


So does GUARDIANS deserve it’s fan base? definitely. is it the super hero film of the summer? absolutely! So do yourself a solid and go see it — it’ll tear at your heart strings, but you’ll enjoy every minute of it! [and with a grand total of 121 minutes of super heroes goodness.. who could say no?]

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