By Ben Weese
When I was very young my father turned me on to Spider-Man. In the nineties they had a great cartoon that I would watch and even tape it when it was on. It quickly became my favorite show and opened me to the world of comics. It was also the first thing my dad and I bonded over. You should know he was not an easy man to get to know and this was very important as a link with him. Reading the comics back then was a lot of fun as it was the clone of him and the Scarlet Spider. They even brought that into the nineties cartoon. I also always connected with Peter being the smart kid and feeling at times the odd-man-out.
Over the years, my love for Spider-man grew as I read the comics and watched other cartoons based on the hero. Finally, in 2002, we got Tobey McGuire playing Spider-man on the big screen. I was so excited I bought the book of the movie and read the whole thing! I then collected everything I could and invited all my friends to come see it. My mom packed us into her Durango and we headed to watch the movie. After seeing it I was ecstatic---I loved it---and when the second movie came out it was better than the first. This was the dawn of the superhero movie and it was great. I got to see my favorite hero on the big screen. I was so obsessed I even saved up $100 dollars and got the DVD special edition of the first movie. This was the life until 3 came out and ruined the high we were all on. Looking back it was bad but was it really that bad?
...OK, you got me.
By this time, though, I was full-on into the world of comics and finding other hero's I loved such as: The Flash, The Tick, Ghost Rider, Savage Dragon, Deadpool, and many more. I moved on and I was O.K. with it. Then Andrew Garfield appeared and he brought the Peter I knew and loved, the sassy college kid who made you laugh. He was better than Tobey, and both movies in my opinion were great. They put together a story-line so well that I was on edge waiting for the next movie to see if they would stay in line with the comics. (see Amazing Spider-Man 1&2 podcast). The "Death of the Stacy's" story line was done beautifully. When I heard they dropped the franchise I was pissed as he was a great Spider-Man.In fact, he was Amazing...
While waiting for more Spider-Man, I adopted a son and I opened him up to the world of comic cartoons starting with "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes". Then we found Ultimate Spider-Man and just like me my son fell in love with the Web-Slinger. He has seen a lot of different comic cartoons and to this day his favorites are Spider-Man and Batman. I find it awesome that I am raising a 3rd generation Spider-man fan!
Then along came Civil War and Marvel brought Spider-Man back to life.
It was Spectacular.
This kid played Spider-Man well and we finally got to see Spider-Man be Spider-Man with super-strength. Yes, we have seen it before but when Spider-Man caught Bucky's metal arm and then asked about it...that is the Spider-Man I grew up with in the comics. They have always done a great job with Spider-Man movies but I think each time they learn something new and bring it to the table. I do believe that Tom Holland will blow us away and this will be the best Spider-Man movie yet. I can't wait to go and see it with my son. I just wish they named it "Spectacular Spider-Man" instead of "Spider-Man: Homecoming".