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Sunday, 13 October 2019
EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT SPIDER-MAN IS WRONG...
Y'know, something about SPIDER-MAN's origin that never really gelled with me was the idea that he had the proportionate powers of a spider - simply because he was bitten by a radioactive one. He certainly manifested similar abilities, though didn't possess the natural physical 'equipment' to produce his own webbing, making the first movie ridiculous in that respect, despite STAN LEE saying that he thought it was an improvement.
Therefore, if (for the sake of discussion) we accept the original notion that he got his powers from the spider, he could obviously only replicate its abilities in as much as his own human make-up would allow him to. But if that's true, then how did he manage to walk up walls while wearing gloves and (originally) thick-treaded boots?
Furthermore, whenever he was crawling on a ceiling, wouldn't his weight have brought it down - especially in offices where polystyrene ceiling tiles hid the electrical wires for air-conditioning and overhead lighting? It doesn't really make much sense. (I hear you - does any superhero concept?) But we're not stuck with the 'official' explanation if we don't want to be.
My own opinion (despite what the comics may now suggest) is that it was simply the radiation that imbued PETER with enhanced powers, not the spider - it was merely the 'messenger'. The radiation allowed him to transcend his human limitations and do things that he otherwise wouldn't be able to. Walking up walls? That was as a result of Peter having some kind of 'psionic' force that allowed him to defy gravity.
You see, in my view, because Peter saw the spider, it had a psychological influence on the way he understood and 'rationalised' his enhanced abilities. Potentially, if he hadn't been limited by his own perceptions of what a spider can do (disproportionate strength and speed, the ability to cling to surfaces), he might have manifested even greater powers - like being able to fly for example. (Even his so-called 'spider-sense' is merely a form of ESP.)
What I'm suggesting is that the spider was merely the conduit for the radiation that gave him his powers, not the source itself. The radiation affected his metabolism, increased his strength and speed, and also imbued him with the ability to develop just about whatever enhanced attributes he could imagine (within reason). Now, though, his powers have become established and can't evolve further.
Anyway, I think there's great story potential in my idea. I'd love to see a tale where Peter discovers he's a 'child of the atom', not the spider, and that the arachnid merely influenced how he interpreted his radiation-induced powers, and wasn't the genetic source of them itself. What say the rest of you Criv-ites? Let loose the dogs of dissent in the comments section.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, October 13, 2019