Web Swinger!

I finished reading the Scarlet Spider recently and had a moment of unease. It feels like among the Spider-Men–well, at least the ones I’ve read, which isn’t that many–the Amazing Spider-Man is this close to being the underdog. So let’s take a look at the roster of Spider-Men that I have encountered so far.

Disclaimer: I am not claiming to be some Spidey expert. On the contrary, I started fairly recently. These are merely observations, not definitive, expert opinions. Feel free to correct me in a manner my fragile heart can handle.

comics_amazing_spider_man_700_variant1. The Amazing Spider-Man. Probably the most famous among all Spider-Men, TASM is the flag in the Spidey boat. Tons merchandise, lots of movies, the Amazing Spider-Man, and of course, Peter Parker, has easily become a household name. Even non-comic fans probably know his history: bitten by a radioactive spider, which gave him spider powers.

The Powers: Spidey has the proportionate strength of a spider, so he can lift things that are way heavier than himself. Increased agility and speed. The ability to stick and crawl on walls. Plus, what is probably the most useful skill in his arsenal, Spider Sense. This tingling has saved his arse loads of times. And how can we forget his webs; although they are not organic, which spells trouble once he runs out of web fluid.

3722036-spider_man_2099_hd_wallpaper_by_tommospidey-d629sk3.png2. Spider-Man 2099. As the name suggests, Spider-Man of the future. I am quite giddy that Miguel O’Hara is getting a re-boot after what happened in Superior. 2099’s costume is my personal favorite among all the Spideys, despite the fact that it is just a ripped up Dia de Muertos t-shirt.

The Powers: The pre-requisite strength, agility, and speed. Although unlike TASM, 2099 develops organic webs later on. He literally developed spinnerets in his arms, which looked pretty disturbing. But I guess it’s a good thing they didn’t grow in his butt. He also has retractable talons at the tips of his fingers and toes which, apart from added traction and wall-crawling, also doubles as a weapon. If I remember correctly, 2099 also possesses accelerated vision.

ultimate_spider_man__miles__variant____wallpaper_by_squiddytron-d61x64d3. All-New Ultimate Spider-Man.13-year old Miles Morales under the mask, this version of Spider-Man might as well be the most controversial given that Miles is of Hispanic descent. In short, he is colored. He is also extremely inexperienced, but I think he’s learning the ropes (webs?) real well. Miles takes on the role of Spider-Man after the Ultimate’s Peter Parker dies from a gun shot. It’s essentially the same history, just a different character.

The Powers: Apart from the strength, agility, wall-crawling and speed, he also has Spider Sense. What’s more, Miles has a cloaking ability, giving him the ability to blend into his surroundings. Once cloaked, he is practically invisible. He also has this Venom Touch which is capable of paralyzing enemies (even capable of momentarily disabling Giant Woman) as well as destroying electronic devices (like what happened with The Prowler). He inherits Peter Parker’s web shooters after Aunt May gave it to him.

Scarlet_Spider4. Scarlet Spider (Kaine). Okay. This is Scarlet Spider. Not the Ben Reilly version but the Kaine version. It is a shame I haven’t read Ben’s Scarlet. I shall work on that. So anyway, Kaine is more famous as the villainous, facially-deformed clone of Peter Parker in The Clone Saga. However, he was cured, went to the good side, et cetera, et cetera. He took up the role of Scarlet Spider as a new lease in life.

The Powers: Again, the speed, agility, and wall-crawling, plus a greater amount of strength. Although he doesn’t have Spider Sense, Kaine can “talk” to spiders, giving him a potentially unlimited recon team. He has organic webs and Ultimate’s cloaking ability. He still possesses the Mark of Kaine which enables him to burn anyone who comes in contact to his hands. Plus, he has Spider Fangs, which I assume are his webs in their hardened state. They’re like Wolverine’s retractable claws, only they’re not adamantium.

The Face-off

Clearly, Scarlet Spider has the most powerful set of abilities among these Spider-Men. Why is it, then, that Peter Parker, and not Kaine, is the most famous and well-loved web slinger? Looking at these Spideys, it’s quite obvious that each of them have their own drawbacks. TASM, the lack of a powerful arsenal. Ultimate, his age and thus, lack of battle experience. Scarlet, his past as a murderer. It seems like 2099 is the most balanced among them. Good for you. Although he tends to be a bit explosive at times.

I guess the general inclination towards underdogs is at play here. I mean, it is a natural reaction. Despite the fact that the Amazing Spider-Man only has his genius to go with his powers, he does his best to save a lot of people, sacrificing himself in numerous instances. He has come a long way from being a socially-awkward teenager, no doubt about that. So it’s only natural that fans would consider him a hero. And he is.

Peter’s character is easy to love. Awkward boy next door, his development is something that is touching to behold–like the blossoming of a flower. And there are a lot of instances in Peter’s life that are easily relatable for the common reader: being bullied, first love, losing a relative, being pushed to make decisions. This makes Peter’s story really endearing. I mean, unlike Kaine, not a lot of us murder people on a daily basis.

Not to say that the other Spidey versions are not worth loving. They are. Each Spider-Man has their own reason for taking up the mask and fighting the bad guys. They have their own struggles within themselves. They have their own failures and accomplishments which make them great in their own unique ways.

So which Spidey do you like? Take your pick.

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A shy and quiet person who loves anime, books and Japanese food.

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