Evolution Of Spider-Man


Giri Trisanto


“Spider-Man, Spider-Man. Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size. Catches thieves just like flies.” Lookout Canyon, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has made it to The Pony Express.

Spider-Man is such a famous character that many people obsess over. I mean, how could people not obsess over this incredible character? From the comics, to the movies, to the cartoons, Spider-Man never fails to impress his fans.

Over time, his story has changed, and there’s a lot to untangle about him. So, follow along to dig deeper on the iconic hero, Spider-Man.

Starting with the first comic written by Stan Lee, and drawn by Steve Ditko, Spider-Man gained many fans very quickly. “Amazing Fantasy #15” was a hit and had everyone raving about Spider-Man.

The thought of making a high school wallflower, like Peter Parker, have the powers of a spider was one big thing that brought the readers in, and the storyline of Crusher Hogan as the villain made the story very interesting.

After that, many other comics were made with Spider-Man, but the animated TV show that came out in 1967 really put his name on the board.

Fans fell in love with Spider-Man, and they were left longing for more.

In 2002, the first “Spider-Man” movie was released, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

Tobey Maguire did a fabulous job portraying the geek Peter Parker was made out to be. The film kept the same storyline of him getting bit by a radioactive spider and waking up the next day with the ability to shoot webs from his wrists and stick to walls.

His love interest, the very beautiful Mary Jane Watson, played by Dunst, is dying for a new car, so he jumps at the opportunity to get it for her. Since he is not the weak Peter he used to be, he signs up for a wrestling event to win the money for the car. This follows the storyline of attending the wrestling match, and leaving to find his Uncle Ben shot and dead. To add a twist from the comics, the writers decided to add in a new villain known as the “Green Goblin,” which helps show fans how much of a hero Spider-Man really is.

After this movie, Maguire and Dunst starred in two more Spider-Man movies, adding more crazy story lines, and even crazier villains.

After a few changes, “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies aired in 2012, starring eye candy actor, Andrew Garfield, and his love interest Emma Stone.

This version of Peter Parker is quite different from the comics and the first movie. He is more confident, less of a wallflower, and for sure a ladies man, which differs from the original character. But similarly, he sneaks into Oscorp and gets bit by a genetically-modified spider. His goal is to not only keep the city out of danger, but also to keep his love interest, Gwen Stacy, safe.

The change in love interest for this movie is a hit or miss with some fans, but most live for their love story.

These two very talented actors only star in one more movie after this, and the writers give a very devastating ending to the lovers’ story. This event sent Spider-Man fans into meltdowns over such a heartbreaking death.

The villains in these movies are: the Lizard, Electro, and a few scenes with Rhino.

These two movies were very risky to make, as the writers and producers changed a lot of the story from the original, but it was definitely worth giving a shot.

Perhaps the most famous Spider-Man, Tom Holland, made breakthroughs that went off the charts with his new role.

The first appearance of this new Spider-Man was in “Captain America: Civil War.” He’s not a massive part in the movie, but Tony Stark spends time in the movie introducing him into the MCU.

In 2017, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” came to theaters, and it had the fans going crazy for Spider-Man. The writers go back to the basics of Peter Parker being a nerd, and bringing back a divergent version of his love interest Mary Jane Watson, who is played by Zendaya.

His addition to the Avengers was a hit, and really put the name Spider-Man out there.

Holland later stars in: “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).

In 2019, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” came out, and his story continues. Many twists and turns continue to happen for the character, but he never fails to come out as a hero.

The biggest movie of them all, “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” sent the fans going crazy over the appearance of all three Spider-Mans. All from different multiverses, they come together and defeat all their enemies.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” had fans with their jaws on the ground, and the producers currently have fans yearning for more.

Currently, the script for a fourth “Spider-Man” film starring Tom Holland is in the works, but there is no set date for when the movie will be released.

We can’t forget about Miles Morales, a different form of Spider-Man. Miles Morales and Peter Parker differ in many ways. For instance, Miles has more powers than Peter, and Miles’ spider sense is stronger.

There are many different variations of Spider-Man, but one thing does forever stay true: he is an admirable hero who deserves the fan base he has now.