Spider-Man is now the most popular superhero in the general public eye, in spite of the fact that when Steve Ditko and Stan Lee created him, they thought he would be a huge flop. Well, #SpiderMan now stands as the face of Marvel. However, most of his widespread popularity comes from both of Sony's live-action depictions of the web slinger. Most notably Sam Raimi's 2002 adaptation of Peter Parker.
Although the majority of the population now thinks they "know" Spider-Man because of both Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man franchises, so many adjustments have been made to his character that most people have false knowledge of The Amazing Spider-Man! That's why today I will give you the seven things everyone gets wrong about Spider-Man.
1. Peter Parker Has Organic Webs
Thanks to some really strange enhancements to Sam Raimi's Spider-Man character because of film budget, ever since 2002, non-comicbook readers actually believed that Peter Parker's webs were organic. Even when Spidey debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, Spider-Man had mechanical web shooters. However, when Spidey was a host of the alien symbiote, Peter gained organic webs.
In fact, Sam Raimi's creepy organic webs became so widely popular that Marvel Comics decided to adapt the feature for a time. The change was so highly disliked by many Marvel fans that the publisher decided to bring back the original Spidey web shooters.
2. Uncle Ben Told Peter, 'With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility'
Sorry to disappoint some of you Spidey fans, but Uncle Ben didn't say that or anything close to that. Sam Raimi still got the idea from the comics, but instead of Uncle Ben saying it, it was Stan Lee. Even then, Stan Lee didn't deliver that exact line. Instead, he says:
At last that in this world, with great power there must also come — Great responsibility!
Even though the original Uncle Ben never said this, Sam Raimi's Uncle Ben quote became so popular that it now a key part of Uncle Ben's character in both cinema and the comics. Once again, Marvel changed comic origin by rewriting history, crediting Uncle Ben with this quote.
3. Spider-Man Is A Serious, Down-To-Earth Type Of Guy
Despite what most people think because of his on-screen adaptations, Spidey in the comics was always cracking jokes and thought almost everything was funny, sometimes forgetting when it was time to be serious. In fact, Marvel Comics considered both Deadpool and Spider-Man to be the "jokesters" of Marvel. This makes sense considering he is (or was) just a kid.
However, both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb's depictions of Spidey are very serious and don't have anything comedic about them, taking away most of what makes Spider-Man, well, Spider-Man.
4. Microscopic Hairs On His Hands And Feet Allow Him To Climb Walls
Another failure to follow comicbook origins because of the film's budget, Sam Raimi decided to make it that Spider-Man was more like an actual spider, with microscopic hairs that help him stick to walls. That sounds cool and all, but that was never the case for Earth-616 Spider-Man.
In the comics, when Spider-Man touches any surface it enhances the "flux of inter-atomic attractive forces," which basically increases the coefficient of friction between himself and the surface he comes in contact with. Now that I come to think about it, that is a lot more confusing than Sam Raimi's idea.
5. Spider-Man Has Never Killed Before
Spider-Man is known to have a "no killing" rule, although we have seen Spider-Man break that rule at least a dozen times. For example: when he shot Massacre straight in the head (to be fair, he was shooting and killing civilians). Spidey also straight-up killed Modular Man, and shot and killed Vulture. Point being — don't think Spider-Man won't kill if it's necessary.
6. He Became Spider-Man To Save Victims
When Peter Parker first acquired his spider-like abilities, his first thought wasn't to be a crime fighter. In fact, he initially wanted to make money, which he did soon after joining a wrestling match that got him his own popular TV show. Not until the death of his dear old Uncle Ben did Peter consider crime fighting as a career.
7. Spider-Man Has Always Kept His Identity A Secret
During the events of Civil War, Peter revealed himself to the world. He should have announced it a long time before, as everyone he loved was dead, so keeping his identity wasn't really keeping anyone safe anymore. Later, Doctor Strange wiped people's minds to make them forget they ever saw Spider-Man being unmasked, and Spider-Man went back to being "Spydey." Get it? No? OK.
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