A Geeky Gal’s question for Day 27 of the Geek Out Challenge is about favourite superheroes! I won’t lie, I’m not a big superhero fan – I don’t really read a lot of comics, watch the shows, or play the games. But there is one superhero in particular that I’ve followed since I was a kid, and that I’ve grown to love more in recent years.
Day 27: Favourite Superhero?
Spider-Man is, and always has been, the only superhero I’ve ever really cared about. I think it’s the relatability factor – Peter is a nerd, he’s bullied, he always seems to have the worst luck, and yet, he still tries his best to be a good person, and do the right thing. I got to know Spider-Man through the Sam Raimi movies – the first Spider-Man film came out in 2002, and I absolutely loved it. Tobey Maguire does a great job as Peter Parker, and a pretty good job as Spidey as well. In 2004, Spider-Man 2 came out, and to my surprise, it was actually better than the first one. In my ever so humble opinion, Spider-Man 2 is still the best Spider-Man movie ever (don’t @ me) and possibly the best superhero movie in general. It had a compelling personal conflict with Peter struggling to balance his life as Spider-Man and still be true to himself and his uncle. It had a phenomenal and grounded villain in Dr. Octavius, who is redeemed slightly in the end. Along with a fantastic soundtrack, great action sequences, and better Spider-Man quips, this film just had it all. We’re not gonna talk about Spider-Man 3.
I honestly didn’t enjoy the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films at all – they were poorly plotted, and it felt like the writers didn’t understand the character of Peter Parker at all. I wasn’t a huge fan of Homecoming either – feel free to boo and hiss in the comments below. While I love Tom Holland as Spidey, I felt that the movie had a lot of issues. The biggest problem for me was the filmmakers constantly trying to shoehorn Marvel/Iron Man plotlines into the story – it really took away from Spider-Man being the main focus, and it bothers me. They ruined Aunt May – she’s no longer a source of wisdom for Peter, instead, she’s just reduced to eye candy, and barely constitutes a side character. I liked Vulture as the villain, and felt he was handled fairly well, and the action set pieces were all well done. It just disappointed me a little – I’m really hoping for better (please just give me classic Spider-Man in New York City, seriously) in future films. The animated film, Into the Spider-Verse on the other hand, was released last year and it was an instant classic for me – Miles is a great character and the film has superb direction. I wrote more about it in Day 10 of the Geek Out challenge, if you want to see my thoughts – but it’s my second favourite Spider-Man film of all time, behind Spider-Man 2.
Obviously its been a while since those movies came out, and I never really got into the MCU, or cared too much about superheroes since. What really pulled me back into Spider-Man however, was Insomniac’s Spider-Man game on the PS4. I hadn’t originally planned on playing it, but I borrowed it from a friend, and literally couldn’t put it down. I think I beat the game in a week (100%, platinum trophy). The characters, story, and gameplay in this title were so stunning, it’s easily one of my favourite games of all time – you can see my full review of it here, if you’re interested. This game really got me back into loving Spider-Man – I’ve since started reading the comics, and gone back to watch the old 1967 animated series (which is absolutely classic). I’ve really grown to love this character, and despite the recent disaster with Sony/Disney over the asset, I’m looking forward to more future Spider-Man media.