Question: When is it acceptable for a young man to pretend to respect authority but not actually do so; get revenge on people who embarrass him; break promises just because he doesn’t like them; believe himself to be smarter than everyone else; act as a vigilante instead of working within the system; sneak his girlfriend out against her parents’ wishes; and steal the identity of innocent people so he can get what he wants?
Answer: When he is the Amazing Spider-Man. Being a superhero, it seems, covers a multitude of sins.
There was a time in which superheroes put their true personality on display. Who they were when they put the mask on matched who they were when they took the mask off. The recent movie Chronicle did a great job showing how power magnifies who we already are, and for that reason must be used with caution. The ordinary moments matter. Not so with the new and improved Amazing Spider-Man. [Read more…]