By: Nick Schifani
How's it going, everybody?! As you may know, Valentine's Day was this week. So, to keep with the love theme that we here at Nerd901 are striving for, I have decided to share with you why I love Spider-Man so much. I'm sure it isn’t a shock that I love Spider-Man. Hell, look at my Twitter handle. It's @WebHeadNick86. That has to scream love…or obsessive. Or maybe both. Either way take this quick journey with me, to go deeper into my favorite character ever. Don't forget to give us a shout on Twitter @Nerd_901, and let us know your favorite character. All the best!
Let's start off with who Spider-Man is at a basic level. There isn't a better place to start than his secret identity. Peter Parker is the everyman. I think that is one of the many reasons people were drawn to him in the first place. He wasn't a god from Asgard, born into a rich family, or a powerful alien from a distant planet. Nope, he was your everyday kid trying to get by in high school. As a nerd growing up, how could I not relate to this? Peter Parker was normal. That's the appealing part of Spider-Man. Underneath the superhero get-up, Peter Parker is there. It's Peter's morals that allow him to be the hero that he is to this day. He strives to not only make his city a better place but the world as well. You will never see a character that lives by a single motto like Peter Parker does. The forever lingering line that his late Uncle Ben left him, a phrase that we all know, "With great power, comes great responsibility." This phrase is a reason why I love Peter Parker. He has always stayed true to his morals, and for that, I have an unwavering love for him.
Now that we have touched a little bit on the man under the webs, let's speak a bit about Spider-Man, the hero. We all know it's the man under the mask that makes the hero. While that may be true with Spider-Man, there are some moments that the mask allows Peter to be more than a masked man. His mask, costume and spider symbol allow him to be the hero he wants to be. He knows that he can crack jokes, poke fun, or deliver nerve racking quips to villains, all thanks to his identity being covered up. This allows him to gain an edge over his opponents. If Spidey can get into the heads of the bad guys he is facing off with, then he knows he has the upper hand. Nothing gets under the skin of villains more than the hero not taking them seriously. This has always been the plan for Spider-Man. He is incredibly calm in most situations. He can throw foes off their game with quips while formulating the perfect plan for their defeat all at the same time. It's an attribute that I grew to love about ole Web Head. As a matter of fact, it's something I took to heart growing up. If I was ever faced with a difficult situation I knew I could give myself some more time with a quip or joke.
Over the years Spider-Man has grown to be a worldwide sensation. He went from street level hero to universally loved. It's evident from the animated TV shows and movies we have seen over the past couple decades. It became more evident when the world took a collective sigh once Marvel Studios struck a deal with Sony, allowing Marvel to take the reins of Spider-Man. This allowed Marvel Studios to use Spider-Man in the third Captain America movie, titled Civil War. I will never forget the feeling watching Peter Parker show up in a true Marvel Studios movie. The second the actor, Tom Holland, took the screen the whole theater erupted with joy. It was finally happening. Spider-Man was finally in the rightful hands.
Over the many years of my life, I have fallen in and out of love with plenty of things. Various sports, activities, and love interest have come and gone. Though, there has been one stable I could always count on. That of course, being Spider-Man. Whenever my favorite sports team lost, or relationship ended I was heartbroken. But, I know that at the end of the day I could turn to one person to lift my spirits up. Spider-Man was always there for me. He is a family member to me. There hasn't been a moment in my life that I went without him. I opened my heart to him many years ago, and I still allow him into my life to this day. The biggest example has to be the name of my son, James Peter Schifani. Yeah, where do you think Peter came from? No surprise here. That's not to mention the name of my nephew, Nolan Parker Schifani. Together my brother and I found a loophole in the system. We got a Peter Parker in the family. If that doesn't show dedication to the love of my hero, then I don't know what does. I will forever love Spider-Man/Peter Parker. No matter what is going on with him in the comics, TV shows, or movies I will always be right there to take him into my life. Good or bad I will always have a special connection to him. He has shaped my life to who I am today. So, that is why I love Spider-Man.