During the late 90s, when I was between six and nine years old, I was a giant Spider-Man fan!
I never read any of the comics, I was more into Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck comics when I was little, but I have enjoyed his adventures through other media.
I was first introduced to the character through the Norwegian dub of the Fox Kids cartoon.
I used to play with my friends, but instead of Cops & Robbers we’d play as Spider-Man and his villains.
Spider-Man villains are the best in the genre, with only Batman villains coming close, so they were a huge reason for my infatuation with the series.
I liked to play as Shocker, due to his cool costume and ability to shoot shock-waves out of his hands. Although I had him confused with Electro for years as a result of his powers being changed from sound based to electrical based in the cartoon for some reason.
Later, I fell in love with Sam Raimi’s first two Spider-Man films from 2002 and 2004.
MovieBob’s Really That Good episode about those films thoroughly explains why they are as great as they are.
When I saw Spider-Man 3 in 2007, I was afraid that I had grown out of the franchise, so I was very happy when I later learned that the film was universally despised.
I wonder how many people have thought that they have grown out of something they loved simply because they saw a bad iteration of it.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ film from 2012 and its 2014 sequel did a lot to make me forgive Spider-Man 3.
Spider-Man 3 may have been the worst of the Raimi films, but it was still a film about Spider-Man, not a Sony marketing campaign starring a cool dude dressing up as Spidey on a lark.
So after three subpar Spider-movies in a row, it felt amazing to see Peter Parker show up in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016, fighting alongside Iron Man and the other Avengers, back in the nurturing arms of Marvel Studios.
And then ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ took that ball and ran with it the very next year, and now ‘Homecoming’ is my second favorite Spider-Man film ever, my favorite being Spider-Man 2.
This year, Spider-Man played a pivotal role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, next year will have sequels to both ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Homecoming’ with ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ being released, and at the moment I am having a great time playing the new PlayStation 4 Spider-Man game.
It really makes me feel like I’m a friendly neighborhood spiderman, as I swing through New York with ease.
And today, 14th of December 2018, the new animated film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is released, and by all accounts I’ve heard so far, it is great.
This is truly a wonderful time to be a Spider-fan!
I don’t know what it is about Spider-Man that makes me like him so much.
I have a fear of heights (and I don’t much care for speed either), yet I often imagine myself swinging from building to building.
Perhaps, with great imagination comes a loss of anxiety.