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Subj: Re: What is your pet nerd peeve relating to Spider-Man?
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 at 08:10:20 am CST (Viewed 187 times)
Reply Subj: What is your pet nerd peeve relating to Spider-Man?
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 at 05:03:50 am CST (Viewed 214 times)

    Now we've all been Spidey's fans for quite a few years, and we've also read quite a bit of writing about him, be it of the "here's what you need to know about the world of the Wall-Crawler" type journalistic articles aimed at people whose only exposure to the franchise had been a movie or television adaptation to essays written by self-appointed "experts" on comicbook-related websites. What is the thing that bothers you most there when you come across it?

    For Stan Lee it is, by his own admission, when people spell Spider-Man without the hyphen ("Spiderman").

    For me it is when people compare the (actually quite short-lived) Gwen-Peter-Mary Jane triangle to Betty Cooper, Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge, especially when, as happens most of the time, they then go on to portray as a simple, wholesome "girl next door" like Ms. Cooper (because both are blondes) and MJ as a glamorous society type like Ms. Lodge (because both aren't blondes), almost completely ignoring the actual state of affairs and the differences in principle between the two set-ups (such as Peter clearly being Gwen's boyfriend, not MJ's) all the way to Gwen's death.

    So what is your pet nerd peeve?

The idea that Norman is Peter's arch nemesis. When I grew up in the 80's Norman was a distant memory and Otto was the numero uno nemesis. Otto put the time in to become number 1. A series of bad retcons allowed Norman to be blamed for the clone saga and allowed him to ascend to number one. Sure he killed Gwen Stacy years ago but he died right after that. He shouldn't have come back. To me he undercuts the other villains (and Harry was just more interesting with Norman dead). He's the new Kingpin...always behind everything.

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