Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Web of Romantic Entanglements

Did I forget any?


It's kind of weird, right? When everybody gets together, it's either really awkward or really comfortable.

4 comments:

'Lil Ric said...

Never understood the persistence of the "nerd" label that stubbornly clung to Mr. Parker...

Justin said...

Yeah, Peter was pretty well denerdized even while Ditko was still drawing the book. The moment he lost the glasses, the ladies started paying attention to him; sort of a gender-reversed "She's All That."

I think Ultimate Spider-Man and the movies have sort of brought "Peter's a nerd" back, because it's a nice, simple hook to sell the story. But you can only coast on that for so long because eventually he has to get together with Mary Jane or Gwen or whoever for that romantic subplot.

Really, the only way you could keep "Peter's a nerd" going is if you made a dedicated effort NOT to let the other kids ease up on him and the girls give him a chance. Nothing ever changes for him. It'd be a really sweaty and ugly and unpleasant series...and actually, it might be the way to make Spider-Man INTERESTING again, but it wouldn't play.

plok said...

Oh, I wouldn't want Ultimate Peter Parker's life, would you? Screw the spider-powers, I don't like to identify with the guy, it's just hit after hit after hit, and it never lets up.

Liz teased Peter to make Flash jealous, and Gwen flirted with Flash to make Peter jealous. Never realized just how very symmetrical it is 'til you pointed it out. Gwen wished Peter was braver, Liz wished Flash was more sensitive.

Man, I musta had too much to drink...imagine feeling compelled to mention such things two weeks after they were brought up...

plok said...

I'm afraid I must further delay your already long-delayed email, Justin, as I've just become an uncle. Will take at least twelve hours to process such information, but then I believe I'm gonna want to hear music.

Right now it's all supersonic silence!