For many people, Spider-Man: Homecoming ranks as one of the best superhero movies ever made. Not only does the movie provide lots of youthful web-slinging action, but it also represents Spidey’s true arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following his brief preview in Captain America: Civil War. The film’s creators avoided the oft-depicted Spider-Man origin story, instead hopping feet-first into the early days of Spidey’s crimefighting career.
Spider-Man’s backstory is classic, and the multiple iterations of said story over the past half-century have only added to the potential plot details that future films could pilfer. However, the screenwriters involved will no doubt have to judiciously choose which parts of Spider-Man’s past they actually bring to the silver screen. After all, with decades of publishing history, Spider-Man has been through some difficult things, and not everything from his youth is appropriate for Hollywood.
Peter Parker Growing Six ArmsPhoto: Marvel Comics
In many ways, the early years of Spider-Man serve as an allegory for puberty. While previous movies have played this angle up to a certain extent, none have gone quite as far as the comic books did.
Peter Parker experiences all sorts of strange and unfamiliar bodily changes during his teen years, but spider-powers are nothing compared to the time he sprouted four extra arms. This sudden mutation caused the wall-crawler all sorts of stress, but future films will undoubtedly focus on more “normal” high school problems.
Spidey Taking A Stand Against Aliens Promoting PromiscuityPhoto: Spider-Man Vs The Prodigy
Spider-Man has faced off against plenty of alien threats in his time. However, none posed so specifically awkward a threat as The Prodigy, who attacked Earth in a one-shot issue aimed at warning teens about the dangers of unprotected sex. The Prodigy wanted teens to have children so that their lives would be ruined, which isn’t exactly a nice message for any teen parents to read.
Spider-Man was outraged by this plan, and defeated the invaders single-handedly, doling out bits of wisdom about the importance of abstinence along the way. There really doesn’t need to be any further explanation why something like this is never going to show up in theaters.
The Spider-MobilePhoto: Marvel Comics
So, why does a guy who can web-sling around town need a car? The real world answer is that Marvel wanted to sell toy Spider-Mobiles, which forced Spidey’s creators to shoehorn the ridiculous contraption into his stories.
In continuity, Spider-Man’s good friend/frequent antagonist Johnny Storm, AKA The Human Torch, designed the dunebuggy-esque vehicle for his pal. The Spider-Mobile did have some cool features, like the ability to drive on walls, but it was too silly of an idea to stick around for long.
Spider-Man's Love For BananasPhoto: US Department Of Agriculture
The US Department of Agriculture once used Spider-Man in a PSA about healthy eating, and it made about as much sense as one would expect. The ad features Spidey defeating a giant monster, which is par for the course for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Things take an interesting twist when Spidey is offered a handsome reward, but turns it down in exchange for a single banana, telling kids that healthy eating is its own reward. Spidey may eat a banana in Homecoming, but he won’t do it to make a weird point.