With the new trailer for Captain America-Civil War, Team Iron Man unveiled their newest member: “Hey everyone”, Spider-Man. You may think Marvel’s most iconic superhero needs no introduction but its important to remember as Stan Lee pointed out, “Every comic book is someone’s first.” and considering this is his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe a brief character dossier is necessary.
Who is he?
Peter Parker is a high school student with a talent for science. After being bitten by a radioactive spider he gains some spectacular super powers and becomes Spider-Man. When an escaped convict murders Peter’s uncle Ben, he learns that with great power comes great responsibility. Despite the super powers and intellect, Peter Parker could still be described as an ordinary teenager. He goes to school, has a part-time job and has all the requisite issues and insecurities of any regular teen. Being a super hero isn’t easy. Neither is being a teenager. Poor Peter has to be both.
What are his powers?
After the spider bite, Peter Parker gained the proportional strength and agility of a spider. Not only is he physically twice as strong but he has perfect balance and staggering agility. He has the ability to cling to walls and ceilings, enabling him to scale tall buildings with ease. His instincts and are also vastly heightened, manifesting in what he calls “Spider-Sense”. The only spider aspect he didn’t develop was the ability to spin his own webbing, but Peter found a way around that. See, Peter is not just a kid with super powers, he is also a genius. His vast knowledge of chemistry and applied science enabled him to create his “web shooters”; small devices attached to his wrist which eject streams of his home-made adhesive substance which he uses to swing through the sky scrapers of New York.
Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962 for issue 15 of a comic series called Amazing Fantasy. Other characters created by Stan Lee have been improved upon by writers such as Frank Miller (Daredevil) and Peter David (Hulk). When it comes to Spider-Man however, nobody has ever written him better than our man, Stan. Amazing Fantasy #15 is comic book perfection. The insecurities of being a teenager, the confidence gained from anonymity and the requisite fun and excitement for a superhero comic are all perfectly crafted into this excellent piece of comic book history.
His role in the movie.
Spider-Man’s part in Captain America: Civil War will be the most interesting. This Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is a total newcomer so his story arc in the movie will vastly differ from the Civil War comic. From the trailer he is clearly aligned to Team Stark. Director’s Anthony and Joe Russo say that Spider-Man has a personal friendship with Stark but as he is still a teenager, we shall see where his loyalties lie as the battle of the heroes escalates.
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