With Spider-Man: Homecoming set to come out in a few days, Wisecrack has gone and delved into the philosophy surrounding both Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man as well as Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies—and I have to say, it’s an interesting analysis.
With people initially thinking that Spider-Man was supposed to be a metaphor for Peter Parker entering puberty—hence the changes in his body including the white fluids that he secretes suddenly starts secreting—Spidey has actually become a hero that sort of represents America and its role in the world.
It’s also quite interesting to see the relevant contrast with Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker and Andrew Garfield’s. Maguire’s Spider-Man is more of a beat-em-up hero who uses brute strength to conquer his foes, while Garfield always tries to reason with his villains first. It’s also worth noting that a constant subplot for Maguire Spidey is that he is poor and is constantly struggling to make ends meet. Garfield Spidey is actually living a pretty well-off middle-class life.
With that in mind everyone is curious as to what kind of Spider-Man Tom Holland will bring to the table. One thing’s for sure, the critics who’ve seen the movie already absolutely love him.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7.