We are still more than two months away from Tom Holland’s solo outing as our favorite web crawler.
Fans are devouring every new detail that surfaces about the movie, with many of those sweet bits giving us more and more insight about the story and plot. Now, by way of Yahoo! and the latest trailer we finally know that the Staten Island ferry scene in the movie is a character-defining moment for Peter Parker. But this is not the first time that Spidey has had a pivotal moment in his cinematic adventures and these are the scenes that make our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man one of the most relateable heroes on the big screen.
The Staten Island Ferry Scene
At the center of the ferry scene Peter Parker is donning his new Spider-Man suit courtesy of his new father figure, Tony Stark. On board the ferry is Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, and he just split the ferry in half. Trying to prove himself as a hero of the people, Spider-Man has just put the lives of innocent civilians in danger. Iron Man is forced to intervene and save the day. It is here that Peter’s new suit is taken away by Tony Stark followed by one of the most chilling phrases Tony has ever said:
“If you are nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”
From here on Spider-Man must fight his demons on his own with a new set of responsibilities. The ferry scene is the moment where Peter realizes that being Spider-Man is not a game. That saving the day means lives are at stake. Vlogging and posting his adventures on YouTube is not a priority when someone is in the face of death. Correspondingly, this scene echoes pivotal moments from previous Spider-Man films.
Spider-Man’s Character-Defining Moments In Film
In Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter’s character-defining moment came right after he got his powers. The death of Uncle Ben taught Peter that with his newfound abilities he must always help those in need regardless of how they treat him, rather than to use his powers for his own personal gain.
In Raimi’s Spider-Man, this happened when instead of catching a crook who stole cash from the wrestling event Peter (Tobey Maguire) was at, he let him go because the event manager didn’t pay him in full. Peter’s resentment towards the manager hindered his ability to stop the crime, eventually leading to Uncle Ben’s death.
In Webb’s iteration, Peter (Andrew Garfield) feels unstoppable with his new powers, making him rebellious towards Uncle Ben. After a heated argument, Peter rushes out of his house in anger, causing Uncle Ben to chase after him. When Peter then is in a grocery store, he witnesses a robbery and does nothing to stop it. He instead watches the robbery unfold, finding it amusing. Unfortunately, the same crook from the robbery moments later killed Uncle Ben, who was trying to stop him from getting away himself.
Again in Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, Peter (Tobey Maguire) has several character-defining moments. Here, perhaps the most impactful one transpires when he is trying to stop a train full of people from crashing. To fully save the train Peter must surrender his secret identity as Spider-Man and trust himself as Peter Parker. In the heat of the moment he realizes that one identity does not overpower the other. The people on the train now know who Spider-Man is and they all promise to keep his secret safe, teaching Peter that to truly form a bond with someone, honesty must prevail. This is later emphasized when he finally tells Mary Jane his secret.
These moments have all defined Peter Parker’s disposition and inherently these moments would only work with the character of Spider-Man in any cinematic universe.
Spider-Man Is Unique
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has tremendous character arcs for each and every one of their main characters, but none could have a character-defining scene like Spider-Man has had. Of course, characters like #IronMan, Captain America, #Thor and even Hawkeye have had pivotal moments that have transformed them. Iron Man by discovering his weapons were used by terrorists. Captain America by his will to serve his country despite being ridiculed by others. Thor by falling in love with humanity through Jane Foster, and Hawkeye when we were introduced to his family in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
What makes Spider-Man different from these heroes and their character-defining moments is that Spidey represents the innocent and inexperienced individual, who when faced with an irresolute situation, the inevitable outcome is assured recklessness.
What makes this work is that Spidey is young and we’ve all been in his position once before. Additionally, Spider-Man is one of the most beloved and most famous comic book superheros, so it’s no surprise why what happens to Spider-Man feels like it has happened to us. Of course we can all learn from Tony Stark’s struggles, but Spidey’s own struggles seem to resonate more with the general audience. Spider-Man may be a superhero, but he is more relatable to us as a mere human than any other character in the #MCU.
The Ferry Scene Will Change Spider-Man
The ferry scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming will be like the train scene in Spider-Man 2 and like the death of Uncle Ben in both Spider-Man origin movies. In this scene Spider-Man will learn to see the bigger picture, transforming him into the hero we all love and admire. Different from every other character-defining moment in the MCU, Spidey’s scene will hit the right chord better than any other hero’s because we all feel like we've been in Spider-Man's boots at least once in our lives.
What's you favorite character-defining moment in the MCU? Let me know in the comments below!
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