The religion of Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
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Religious imagery plentiful; local leaders worry about Superman's morals", published 8 July in Deseret Morning News http: The June 19,issue of Newsweek contained a list of the "suspected" religions of superheroes The Newsweek article is online at www. This is the woman who has had the most influence on Parker, and who raised him during most of his life. When Spider-Man gets a glimpse of his future, he sees the tombstone of his Aunt May.
Michael Straczynski, pencilled by John Romita Jr. Happy Birthday trade paperback, Marvel Entertainment Group: The demon, called Green Goblin, tries different strategies to disarm the one who stands in the way of his plans.
He tries temptation, lies, flattery - ideas that are neither creative nor new. To demoralize Spiderman's fighting spirit, he even tries to touch the people Spiderman loves most - the woman he loves, and his elderly aunt, who brought him up instead of his mother.
But power is found in unexpected places, and she is a committed believer. When the demon tries to attack her, she who seems so weak prays the Lord's prayer 'But deliver us from the evil one Blue 1, Marvel Entertainment Group: Blue hardcover collection The gospel according to Nightcrawler", on Thunderstruck. Out of all the myriad of cartoon superheroes created in the last fifty years, very few have articulated or been indentified with a specific religious faith.
There have, however, been exceptions to the rule. Last year, it was revealed in the comics that Ben Grimm a. In the movie Daredevil, crucifixes and other religious iconography flood the screen as well as visits to the confessional in order to convey Matt Murdock's struggle between vigilantism and his boyhood Catholic faith.
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Comic books take on the world of faith and spirituality", published in Sojourner Magazine, July http: Jim Krueger, an author of Marvel Comics' Earth X series which explores issues of divinity, eternal life, sin, and retribution using the X-Men, the Hulk, Spiderman, and many other of Marvel's main characters. When you think about it, there aren't that many in film, or on TV either. Who are the Justice League going to fight this month?
How will Spider-Man deal with the latest menace? What will Batman do about the Joker? That kind of thing. At its heart, most religion tends to be about harmony. From a comics script writer's point of view, harmony is pretty dull. When you think about it, religion only makes it onto the news when there's a problem.
It's not real, and unless it claims to be speaking directly about reality which is what got Rushdie into trouble all those years ago it needn't cause offence.
Ordinary, what for want of a better word I'll call normal religious behaviour doesn't tend to make an impact in comics because, to be honest it doesn't make itself all that visible in real life either. Religion is much like sexuality in that sense - both are huge parts of an individual's life, but neither tend to be immediately obvious to the naked eye.VENOM vs Spider-man - EPIC Fight Scene (2018) - Tom Hardy vs Tom Holland
In my view, it makes sense that niether should surface in the foreground of a story unless they become relevent to the narrative.
This is a profoundly realistic approach when you think about it. Although not religious myself, I know a good many religious people. My Atheism, or their faith, tend not to come up unless we happen to be talking specifically about religion.
None of my friends introduce themselves to people with the words "Hello, I'm a Christian" or "Hello I'm a Muslim" any more than I introduce myself by saying "Hello, I'm an atheist". The subject just doesn't come up. So why should it come up when the characters in our comics speak to us? Considering her age and social background I think Aunt May is probably a Christian.
Why would she constantly tell us that? My Grandma who is a little older than May, but of a similar background is a deeply committed Christian, but she doesn't quote bible passages at people in the supermarket or anything, it's just the way she lives her life.
When Aunt May was going to marry Dr. Otto Octavius "Doctor Octopus"it was in a Protestant Christian church, in a Protestant ceremony, officiated by a Protestant clergyman. Michael Straczynski] run on Spider-Man has done interesting things with religion Along with prayer during times of great need, another way that Peter Parker has manifest faith in God is through expressions of gratitude.
What Parker is most grateful for is the people in his life - his close friends and family. Mary Jane Watson has been a close friend of Peter Parker's nearly since the creation of the character, and has been his most significant love interest. In mainstream Marvel continuity, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were finally married -- after many years of on-again, off-again romance -- in Amazing Spider-Man Annual 21 Peter and Mary Jane love each other deeply and their marriage is, for the most part, a strong one.
In and The Amazing Spider-Man depicted a period of great strain in their marriage, and the couple was separated for a time.
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After they decided to reconcile, Mary Jane was still staying in a hotel in New York while Parker was living in an apartment. Mary Jane was visiting Peter's apartment during the evening and Peter suggested it was getting late and that he should get her back to her hotel. Mary Jane insisted on staying, rejecting Peter's concern that he was distracted by a case and tired and that he wanted the first night they spent together after their reconciliation to be just right.
Michael Straczynski, penciled by John Romita Jr. I think it's time, don't you? I want it to be right, MJ. And will there ever be a day when that happens? I came back for you, Peter.
For everything you are, for everything you think you're not. Distracted or not, tired or not, you're my lover. And the dearest thing in the world to me. Let me prove it. Later, after some off-panel "husband and wife" activities, Peter lies awake and thinks about how blessed he is to have Mary Jane in his life. He explicitly thanks God for his wife. I can bench press a car. I can climb up the side of a wall. Fight twenty guys to a standstill. Swing across chasms thirty stories deep.
Feel a bullet coming my way and move fast enough to get clear. But something in her makes me gentle. Makes me happy to be alive.
And maybe that's it. Maybe that's what it really comes down to. So here's the thing, God. I know I complain a lot, and I know that you and me, we've got issues, but right now, just for tonight. Thank you for her. Reminiscent of other examples of Peter Parker's "talks with God," there are some notable, powerful scenes in Amazing Spider-Man 33 vol. In this story, Spider-Man appears to argue with God about to why these things have happened. Steven Waldman and Michael Kress, "Beliefwatch: Good Fight", published in Newsweek, 19 June issue posted online on 12 June Captain America is a churchgoer, and Spider-Man sometimes addresses God in spontaneous prayer The decor in Peter Parker's bedroom reveals his passion for science.
Note the picture of Albert Einstein top leftthe diagram illustrating hominid evolution left and the models of the U.
Ultimate Spider-Man issue 21 titled "Hunted"page Reprinted in Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 3: Double Trouble trade paperback, Marvel Entertainment Group: Spider-Man's religious background is most evident simply through his character and day-to-day actions.
Prayer for Peter Parker occurs mostly during times of extreme crisis, and sometimes as an expression of overwhelming gratitude. Science particularly physics and chemistry has been one of Peter Parker's most consistent passions. He is both extremely talented as a scientist and very interested in science in general. Parker's bedroom decor in Ultimate Spider-Man 21 -- with a picture of physicist Albert Einstein, a diagram depicting evolution, and models of the space shuttle and the U.
Enterprise -- was an overt method of illustrating his interest in science. Like most American scientists 1Peter Parker believes in God, but his overall outlook is on life is as a scientist. As noted above, Parker has frequently utilized his scientific abilities and his rational mind to overcome challenges and villains he has encountered as Spider-Man.
Peter Parker's passion for science, however, has never become the socially debilitating form of mania that one sees in some other scientist characters, notably Reed Richards Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. Parker has always tried to squeeze in an active social life, and although he has had many opportunities to work purely in science, he has usually chosen to do other things as a vocation photographer, teacher, etc.
It is also worth noting that Parker's scientific outlook and interest has been manifest as "scientism," which is the belief that the methods and theories of the physical sciences are suitable for all fields and endeavors, and the belief that science has primacy over religious, humanistic, social, spiritual and other aspects of life.
In many ways, Peter Parker actually represents a fairly balanced "everyman" or "typical American" in his outlook on life. He combines a modernistic rationalism with a practical American spirituality and humanitarian altruism. Interestingly enough, although he has long worked as a photographer or web designer in Ultimate Spider-ManPeter Parker has rarely seemed particularly interested in art which along with science and religion, is another potential major lens a person might view life through.
Peter Parker has been depicted as having grown tremendously in his abilities as a photographer over the course of many years, but he has simply never been as passionate about photography as an art as he has about other interests. Peter Parker even has an entire photography book published featuring his photographs, titled Webs: It reveals something about Parker's lack of motivation as an artist that this book was not even his idea.
Jonah Jameson worked with a publisher to create a book of the Spider-Man photographs which Parker had taken, but which were the property of the Daily Bugle. Parker was perturbed that he was left out of the loop on the creation of a book featuring his photography, but he had no legal recourse. He agreed to go on a book tour in exchange for a portion of the royalties from the book.
Did this experience prompt Parker to conceive of his own book idea and take artistic photos specifically for such a purpose? No, not at all. Peter Parker's accidental and seemingly unmotivated talent as a photographer was even the subject of a storyline in which another photographer at the Bugle, one who was extremely motivated by artistic concerns, experiences such intense jealousy of Parker that he collaborates with Doctor Octopus in an effort to best Parker.
The storyline mirrors the story from the movie Amadeuswith the jealous photographer in the Antonio Salieri role, and Peter Parker in the place of the naturally and nonchalantly talented Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Where this parallel breaks down is that although music apparently came easily to Mozart, it was nonetheless a great passion for him and he considered himself first and foremost an artist and musician.
Parker, on the other hand, seems to completely lack strong self-identification as an artist. Written by Brian K. Pencil art by Staz Johnson. Inks by Danny Miki.
Published by Marvel Entertainment Group: Reprints material originally published in magazine form as: Michael Straczynski even used a little divine intervention to help save the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane in issue 49 of The Amazing Spider-Man volume 2.
In what was certainly one of the most moving and most mature stories of Straczynski run on the series, this issue, titled "Bad Connections," features no physical battles and no villains. Peter Parker never even dons his Spider-Man mask.
The story is about Peter and Mary Jane trying to come to terms with the emotional distance that has come between them as they've been living such separate lives, one as a super-hero, the other as a successful model and fledgling actress.
The issue begins with Peter in Africa, where Ezekiel has brought him so that he could survive his confrontation with Shathra. Rather than returning directly to New York City, Peter trades the first-class ticket Ezekiel purchased for him for a coach class ticket all the way to Los Angeles, where Mary Jane was filming a movie.
We see Peter in Mary Jane's hotel room and Mary Jane in Peter's New York apartment at exactly the same time, as they both contemplate their marriage and their recent past.
Of course, both encounter empty rooms, assume the worst about the state of their relationship, and decide that their marriage is over - that it's time to move on.
As the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane seems to shattering, a bolt of lightning grazes the airplane that Peter is on, doing no real damage, but forcing the pilot to land in Denver to check the electrical system. Miraculously, this the very airport that Mary Jane is at, while her plane is making a scheduled stop on its way to L.
Peter does indeed meet up with Mary Jane at the Denver airport, and they begin the steps toward full reconciliation and saving their marriage, chronicled in further excellent stories that take place over subsequent issues. Using lightning - perhaps the most common symbol of direct action by deity, whether by Zeus, Jove, or Whomever - in this way seems almost like an intentionally un-subtle way of saying that Peter's continuing altruism and heroism has earned him a break, and that God wants Peter's marriage to last.
Note, in particular, how in the last panel of the scene it is finally revealed, against a backdrop of billowy - heavenly - clouds, that Peter's "bad luck" at having to make an unscheduled landing will actually put him in Denver. Straczynski, a self-described atheist although one fascinated with religioncan hardly be accused of proselytizing by including a little divine intervention in this story.
This positive turn of events can be viewed as one of God's "tender mercies," and mirrors the themes of countless acclaimed and beloved works of fiction depicting miraculous events which signal the lovingkindness of the Lord spoken of in Psalms. Bednar's sermon "The Tender Mercies of the Lord" April General Conference for other examples and explanations of what Straczynski does in this story. Of course, in a world where a spider-bite can give a person super-strength, speed, agility, wall-crawling powers and spider-sense limited precognitive abilitiesit might be possible that the lightning strike which allowed Peter to meet up with Mary Jane was just a coincidence.
But that seems like a stretch of the imagination, even in the Marvel Universe. Below is the text from this scene, pages 16 and 19, in The Amazing Spider-Man volume 2issue 49, written by J.
After everything I've put him through, would he even want me? Just a little longer. This was a mistake. I should never have come. The word's "It's over" appear, perhaps thought simultaneously by both of them. He holds a magazine in front of him, but dosn't read it. He stares into space, lost in thought, a miserable look on his face.
Before we take off you should familiarize yourself with the emergency insructions-- [Mary Jane is shown in her seat on an airplane. She stares, as if to look out the window, except that the window shade is pulled shut.
She is lost in thought, and looks miserable. We've got one stop-over in Denver, where we're expecting some weather, but we're assured it won't be any trouble-- [Peter's airplane, seen from the outside. His eyes are closed. Peter looks out the airplane window. Peter looks out the window. A bolt of lightning arcs through the sky and grazes the airplane. Did it hit us?! I'm getting irregular readings on the electrical system.
I think so, but I'm not sure. I wouldn't want to risk it, though, not on a flight this long. We don't believe it caused any damage-- [Peter's face is shown, as he sits in his seat, listening to the captain's announcement over the com system.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but airline safety regulations require that we have full confidence in our systems before continuing. What else can go wrong? So if you'll buckle up, we'll be on the ground in Denver in just a few minutes. This new line of comics utilizes characters that were introduced in Marvel's main line of comics launched inbut with origins reset to take place in contemporary times.
New York City, Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Art Thibert. Peter Parker is, once again, feeling considerably put upon because of the many problems in his life.
His girlfriend Mary Jane Watson recently broke up with him, and at about the same time he met Felicia Hardy, a cat burglar known as the "Black Cat. Although very much in love with Mary Jane, Parker wondered what it would be like to be romantically involved with the Black Cat.
Later, Mary Jane runs away because of the constant verbal abuse from her manifestly atheist father. Peter Parker is very worried about Mary Jane.
Among the many thoughts that go through his head while he worries about her, he wonders if God is punishing him for entertaining the idea of being with the Black Cat.
Peter Parker's thoughts as he goes to Mary Jane Watson's bedroom and sees for himself that she has run away are as follows: Where on earth could you have possibly gone?
Well, this is a nightmare. What is she thinking? Did she leave town? Did she leave me too? I-- I knew she was bummed out and going through stuff with her dad but this is insane. This is so out there for her. She's really this messed up?
I should never have told her I was Spider-Man. Nick Fury was right -- I should never have told her. Clearly she can't handle it. She's very-- she needs to talk to a professional or something is what she needs to do. This is God punishing me for even entertaining the idea of that crazy Black Cat woman.
Who knew MJ was even capable of--? After these thoughts go through Peter Parker's mind, suddenly inspiration hits him and he realizes where Mary Jane must be. He heads straight to the abandoned warehouse which they think of as their "little private hiding place" and sure enough, Mary Jane is there. She is cold and despondent, but Peter is relieved that he found her. Among his many troubled thoughts is the question: Is this a sign from God that he should quit being a super hero?
Peter Parker wonders if his losing his Spider-Man costume for the second time in a row is a message from God. Text from Peter's thoughts in this scene is below. I have no costume. I am a super hero without a costume. I don't even have a cool leather outfit that would pass for "costume-ish" in this more cynical world I live in. And even if I did, short people shouldn't wear leather. That must be a rule of life. And if it isn't, clearly it should be. Another rule of life should be that teenage super heroes on a very fixed income should make a point of holding onto their costumes during elaborate fight sequences.
How can I make a costume if I can't sew! I can't hire someone to make a costume. I don't even know where you get tights from. If I order them online or something, Aunt May will totally get the package before I do. And who even knows if they'll fit if I buy them online? I draw the line at ill-fit and schlubby. When I was dating Mary Jane, she could whip up a Spidey costume for me in a second.
I got my original costume from that wrestling organization I was wrestling for when I first got my powers. Maybe they have extra and I can steal some.
I mean, borrow some. Maybe I can get the costume from the jerk who was running around dressed as me robbing banks. Maybe someone up there is telling me not to wear a costume, or not to be a super hero. Maybe I was late to class and I didn't eat lunch.
Michael Straczynski, pencilled by John Romita, Jr. Servant of the Gods On a number of occasions, Spider-Man has been chosen as a servent of various religious figures and deities. An example of this took place in Peter Parker: In this two-issue story, the Buddhist deity Tara or at least a woman with a connection to Tara, or who sees herself as Tara's representative enlists Spider-Man's help.
In one scene during this story, Spider-Man contemplates the relative frequency with which he is enlisted as an agent of "metaphysical" beings. It's not often you find yourself swinging aimlessly around the city waiting for a major Buddhist deity to buzz you on your psychic cell phone. You figure the Gods must have this really enormous copy of the Yellow Pages which they open at random whenever they get bored or needy.
My listing is no doubt in the well-worn section under "Bleeding Heart. Either that, or some Bangladeshi ultra-chick with a great taste in super heroes has found a new and very meaningful way to pass the time.
He gave Spider-Man a rune, explaining "That rune you have will summon me in an instant should Tess be in danger. The final page of this two-issue story arc shows Spider-Man swinging home, with an image the Asgardian god Loki in the background. This story was written by J. Perhaps Spider-Man also felt he had a patron Asgardian god, or simply a new friend?
Is there a mystical, totemistic aspect to Spider-Man's powers? Ezekiel along with writer J. Michael Straczynski certainly seems to think so. After bringing Peter Parker Spider-Man to Africa in order to rescue him from the other-dimensional Shathra the mystical embodiment of a spider waspEzekiel tries to explain a side to his spider powers that he has never really considered before, and does not yet completely believe in now.
The follow panels and text are from the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man volume 2, issue 49, written by J. Okay, I know you don't want to hear this but pay attention, deal with it, because this is important. I know you're scientifically inclined, and I know you don't want to believe that your powers are in any way totemistic in nature or origin. But the paranormal or the unexpected is in every aspect of life. Church, physics, metaphysics, crop circles, Thunder Gods, Sorcerers Supreme, out of body experiences, extra-dimensional travel, the soul, art, music, Gaia, big green - sometimes gray - guys who should've died in gamma bomb bursts but just got real strong instead.
You can't isolate yourself from the whole world, and say noone of it has anything to do with you just because that's the way you want it. Maybe the spider that bit you was intended for you alone, maybe it was sent, maybe it was operating in a larger context.
That's a connection going in to something more, something bigger. Maybe the spider had nothing behind it at all, no meaning, no intent, no context, it just webbed its way into the wrong place at the wrong time. But that scientific event tapped into ideas and constructs and racial memories and powers that were here long before science showed up.
The Ashanti have stories of a Spider-Man that go back centuries. You could look it up. Spider-Man, launched in Augustshowcased the writing and illustrations of Todd McFarlanewhose eye-grabbing, rococo style drew unprecedented fan attention to the character.
Nevertheless, that issue set a benchmark for sales, pumping more than three million copies into direct-market comics shops and newsstand venues around the world. The Amazing Spider-Man, vol. Michael Straczynski and drawn by John Romita, Jr. The issue gained national media attention. Spider-Man in film and onstage The momentum that Spidey gained in the comics pages was also reflected in Hollywood.
After resolving a host of legal issues that had previously prevented its production, Sony brought Spider-Man to the big screen in May Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 proved equally successful. Director Sam Raimiwho helmed the trilogy, bowed out after the third film. Spider-ManMovie poster for Spider-Man 2 Turn Off the Dark was plagued with problems.
Exasperated by the repeated postponements of the official opening, theatre critics reviewed the show anyway, and most panned it. Taymor was forced out, and playwright and Marvel comics writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was brought in to collaborate on revisions to the script. That impasse was resolved in February with a unique deal between Disney and Sony that allowed the character to appear in films produced by either studio.