The Most Human Superhero: Spider-Man

The Most Human Superhero: Spider-Man

For over fifty years, we have been following the adventures of the Amazing Spider-Man - so what makes us keep coming back?

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the third film incarnation of the friendly neighborhood webslinger in under ten years - the film itself being a sequel to Captain America: Civil War. Despite these movies, the countless TV shows, video games, toys, and comics, it is obvious that the audience hasn't grown tired of Spider-Man. And why would they? He’s not a perfect hero, he makes mistakes, people don't always trust him - we can see some of ourselves in the character.

His love life isn't perfect when compared to other heroes, and it only helps to make him seem more “everyman.” Starting with his high school crushes - Liz Allen, etc, Peter Parker isn't smooth like Tony Stark. He’s shy, socially awkward, and, as said in the first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, “Midtown High’s only professional wallflower.” It should be noted that thanks to a retcon in Alias, Jessica Jones had a crush on Peter when they were in school. Even when Peter later dated Gwen Stacy and future fiance Mary Jane Watson,he wasn't always the best boyfriend - he is the Amazing Spider-Man, and just because it’s date night doesn't mean crime stops. Yet despite this, he is still deeply in love with Mary Jane and will do anything to be with her. That's something we all can relate to. One of his driving forces is love, and he’s done everything possible to keep his personal life safe from harm.

Mistakes have been made, and those stick with him. His origin is based on this, wherein he lets a criminal go free after a wrestling match. The unnamed criminal goes on to kill Peter’s Uncle Ben in a carjacking, causing Peter to use his powers for good and not for personal gain. This comes up for Peter quite often, knowing that he has to be the hero to prevent another death like that of his uncle (very much like Batman.) The famous Death of Gwen Stacy story involves Green Goblin dropping Gwen from the George Washington Bridge, and as Spider-Man slings a web line to catch her, the sudden stop snaps her neck. This unexpected death becomes a driving force of the character for several issues, and often is brought up even now - such as when the mainstream “616” Spider-Man met the alternate universe Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy. With every mistake and error he makes, it only helps Peter grow and become a better hero. He learns from them, much like we do. These follow him, make him into the man he is. And with every one, he is determined not to let it happen again.

The mantra of Spider-Man is one that has become one of the most iconic lines in literature - “with great power comes great responsibility.” As this is motivates Peter to be the hero New York needs, it also gives a message to the reader. Throughout the fifty-plus years of the character’s publication, this six word phrase comes up again and again - always there to remind us to do good. Currently, Peter Parker is running a company, yet he hasn't stopped being Spider-Man. These words echo in his head, reminding him that he is more than just a guy in a costume. He is a hero to many, and he owes it to the people to keep them safe. His "great responsibility" comes from a desire to do good with his life, which is a desire of many. This sentence, first used in the very first appearance, is a staple of the comic book genre, and even the Supreme Court has cited it in their rulings. Power is always nice, but one must use that for good and for the betterment of mankind, not for themselves like so many do.

Spider-Man is one of the rare superheroes that we all can connect to in some way. He isn't perfect like Superman, nor is he as confident as Iron Man. He is the average guy, with all the problems life brings. Peter Parker stands out as someone who doesn't really fit the usual “superhero stereotype,” but that's what makes him a good character. He fights for what he belives in, and keeps the knowledge of his past mistakes as a guiding light. We all can see something to relate to in Spider-Man, and the next generation will as well. I mean, come on - they’ll be on the twenty-third reboot by then.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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