Peter Benjamin Parker, also known by his superhero alter ego Spider-Man, is a fictional character appearing in comic books by Marvel Comics.
While he was a great character, he was unfortunately derailed in the "One More Day" comic saga.
Why He Was Not Your Friendly Neighborhood Guy
Note: This article will only talk about his character in the One More Day Comic Saga, as the original Spider-Man is likeable
- To write down the first problem, he's been horribly flanderized and derailed beyond recognition to the point that he acts nothing like his original counterpart, where he went from the brave friendly superhero we knew and love into a wimpy coward who only cares about his aunt and nothing else. In short, he is now a whiny immature manchild who goes against everything the original Spider-Man stood for.
- Firstly, he is so hellbent on saving Aunt May from dying and there is not much he can do about it. He just asks everyone (including Doctor Strange) to save her instead of taking this as more of a realization that he has to throw away his normal life in order to become more responsible with his power, but no, this goes against everything the original Spider-Man stood for.
- He is so desperate to save Aunt May that he has to give up his marriage with Mary Jane. When what really should have happened was a "love conquers all" ending.
- He is also very immature in this storyline, at least he was a lot more mature back in high school, and a lot more responsible too, kicking a lot of supervillain and criminal ass. now he's 27 and acting a lot younger than he was 10 years prior, in fact, he spends a lot of this comic acting like a 7-year-old.
- He was even reminded of the daughter (who is in fact an illusion by Mephisto) that he will never see because he erased his marriage with Mary Jane, He should have took this warning and declined the deal with Mephisto, but no, this Peter takes no warnings.
- He even proves to be a spider out for blood as even before the storyline, he almost killed the Kingpin for assassinating Aunt May due to learning his secret identity during Civil War by slapping him.
- He sacrifices his relationship just to save his aunt and not the world.
- He eventually does go back in time to being 17, just to go back to a status quo.
- He gave up his marriage of Mary Jane, and gets his Aunt back with no comeuppance, and now Aunt May is well again, basically making this Peter Parker a Karma Houdini.
Redeeming Qualities That Are Your Friendly Neighborhood Guy
- He was a much better character before One More Day, and he got better shortly after the story.
- He does want to save his aunt, which was a good thing, but there is a bigger world out there.
- He can be entertaining, but for all the wrong reasons.
- His characterization was eventually fixed in "No Way Home' an adaptation of the comic.
- As savage as it was, him beating down on Kingpin was justified and memorable.
- Perhaps his characterization in this comic storyline is the best example on how not to write Spider-Man.