Spider-Man is our first Character of the Month, but his time in the spotlight is coming to an end. We've previously asked you about your favorite Spidey writers, villains, and more, but this week, we wanted to ask you a basic yet very important question: why do you love Spider-Man? Is it because of his indomitable spirit? Is it the way he cracks a joke even when the odds are stacked against him? Maybe you just adore his outfit and abilities? Or perhaps you read his book because you're a big fan of his villains and supporting characters? The Comic Vine crowd had two days to think about this question and one attribute received a ton of support: Peter Parker's morals and willpower.
Ever since Uncle Ben's death -- a tragic event he technically could have prevented -- Spider-Man has realized he needs to use his abilities to help others, no matter what the cost may be. The web-slinger has decided to put being a good and noble hero above all else and there's literally dozens of great examples of this. Refusing to call it quits against the Juggernaut; standing alone against the Phoenix Five; lifting that massive amount of rubble to save Aunt May... we all have our favorite examples of Parker's drive and they're most definitely not in short supply. Even if you don't love Spider-Man, I'm sure many of us can agree he's an admirable hero. Let's see why some Comic Viners say they love Spider-Man.
"Sure he appeals to people because of his excellently designed costume,and the fact that he's a wise cracker.
Spider-Man's an everyday guy.Spider-man is someone far away from perfect,and someone who always pays for his mistakes......but that doesn't stop him from trying to prove to the world that doing the right thing is good.He struggles to balance his life as Peter Parker and Spider-Man everyday,and faces obstacles on his every step.
He's a good guy with a strong will and personality.
And the most important thing of all,the moral lesson of Spider-Man is something that can be applied to every human being on the planet,and is the most right thing to do at any given situation you face in your life.
With great Power,comes Great responsibility."
"Voting is a real pain, because most of the characteristics said here are all essential to why I love this guy. I guess when it comes down to it, he's just an up beat guy, even in the face of danger he can still put a damn smile on your face. He is condemned by everyone but still manages to squeeze some joy out most (not all, obviously) of his experiences. Moreover, his honest and awesome morality make him all the more amazing (no pun intended), he's just a good person who suffered because of a mistake all unexperienced teenagers would make, that's what makes him relatable. Plus, when a guy is as kind as Peter Parker, you start to wonder what would happen when you get on his bad side..."
"The reason I love Spider-Man is because he is probably one of, if not the most relatable characters I've had the pleasure of growing up with. There is so much about Peter Parker and Spider-Man that I've been able to relate to and, at the same time, can see reflected in everyone around me. Peter Parker himself has so many aspects to his personality that I am sure anyone can find something in him they can relate to, whether it's his quirkiness, his humour, his morals, his intellect, his willpower, his past, and so forth. Not only is he just your every day guy, but the fact that he's so relatable on its own makes it all the more impacting just how much anybody could be Spider-Man, and that's just absolutely amazing.
Spider-Man's origin and his story is one that stands the test of time. You can reimagine or reinterpret it countless times or even put it in a completely different setting and time and it'll give off just a big of an impact as it originally did and keep its core essence. Spider-Man, as has probably been said before, is an ideal. One that shows us that he could be anyone at all, and is proven even more so by the many different "Spider-Men" [Eg. Miles Morales, Miguel O'Hara, etc] who are all their own, separate person with their own set of circumstances and even their own separate time, yet are still Spider-Man through and through!
I may have grown up with Peter Parker, but anyone who has or will grow up with Miles, Miguel, Kaine or any other are and can be just as big of a Spider-Man fan as I am. Spider-Man is an ideal, one that anyone can relate to and feel comfortable with, and that's what I love about him."
"I love everything about Spider-Man, but it's definitely got to be his morals and willpower. It's just so incredibly inspiring and amazing how he never gives up no matter how impossible the odds, and how he always manages to stand back up again after enduring so much pain and loss in his life. I just love Spider-Man so, so much; he's so funny and he's got the coolest powers (I'm more fond of characters with enhanced physicals rather than god-like status like Superman or Batman, so to speak), but this is really what I love the most about him :) "
Here's the poll results.
- His morals and willpower! The dude's a true hero. 43%
- His lighthearted personality always entertains. 28%
- Sorry, I don't love Spider-Man. 11% (GASP!)
- His powers and webbing are just too awesome. 8%
- Don't tell Spidey, but I mostly like him because of his great villains/supporting characters. 8%
- The costumes! Can't love a character if they look lame. 1%
What is YOUR favorite example of Spider-Man's morals and willpower? Share it with us below. Also, feel free to make future Question of the Week suggestions in the comments below or via Twitter. Want to continue celebrating Spidey? He's currently in the Batman Battle of the Month (go vote!!!) and we posted his Best Battles, Must Read Stories, and Best Covers. Don't forget to vote for the next Character of the Month, too!