superhero appearing in Marvel Comics publications and related media
- Sam Raimi trilogy
- Amazing duology
- Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Spider-Man: She wants to make a warrior out of me. Warrior? Me? Heck, I'm still fighting acne!
- Stan Berkowitz, Len Wein, & John Semper, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, "Venom Returns", (October 26, 1996).
- One of my favorite recent exceptions is the series of four Spider-man flicks (Spider-Man: The Trilogy (Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3) and The Amazing Spider-Man). None of them are highbrow or classy. But despite their clichéd fluffiness, there appears to be a little-noticed tradition. In all of the first three films, Spiderman repeatedly saves New Yorkers from harm. But there is always a moment of brief role-reversal... when normal people, regular New Yorkers, step up and save Spiderman. Indeed, when I watched the recent fourth one — the reboot — I had to start by quashing sadness over Hollywood's craven inability to ever try anything new. Still, there came a moment, near the end, when — once again and with style — citizens stood up again for their hero. And I felt a thrill.
- One of the first things I did was to work up a costume. A vital, visual part of the character. I had to know how he looked ... before I did any breakdowns. For example: A clinging power so he wouldn't have hard shoes or boots, a hidden wrist-shooter versus a web gun and holster, etc. ... I wasn't sure Stan would like the idea of covering the character's face but I did it because it hid an obviously boyish face. It would also add mystery to the character....
- I needed Spidey in my life as a kid, and he gave me hope...Peter Parker has inspired me to feel stronger, he made me, Andrew, braver. He reassured me that by doing the right thing it's worth it, it's worth the struggle, it's worth the pain, it's worth even the tears and the bruises and the blood...He saved my life.
- Peter Parker is such a positive character, he's pure wish fulfillment, an underdog.
- I created Spider-Man. We decided to give it to Steve Ditko. I drew the first Spider-Man cover. I created the character. I created the costume. I created all those books, but I couldn’t do them all. We decided to give the book to Steve Ditko who was the right man for the job. He did a wonderful job on that.
- It was Steve Ditko that made Spider-Man the well-known character that he is.
- I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.
- What I like about the costume is that anybody reading Spider-Man in any part of the world can imagine that they themselves are under the costume. And that’s a good thing.
- There is a lot of serious subtext to the character if you want to look for that. That's what interested me in playing him, because you had much more freedom and much more depth there than you do with Batman or Superman, for example. Spider Man was created as a darker, more conflicted character, and that was my interest in taking the role and I think the director Sam Raimi shared that perspective. This is not just going to be a dumb action vehicle. There will be a lot of serious elements that audiences will be able to find in the film and in the Spider Man character and still have fun with the concept.
- Peter Parker is not a typical action hero. He's probably the most down-to-earth, most carefully drawn, and least plastic of comic book figures.
- I think the aspects which shape Peter Parker are those very common to young people who go through a whole series of existential doubts and conflicting desires about who they are and where they stand in their world. It's about identity and self-discovery and figuring out a little more about who you want to be and who you think you should be. That's what's so intriguing about the SPIDER MAN concept - the fact that Peter Parker openly raises his doubts so that the readers of the comic strip could share his worries and fears. He's not an all-powerful, all-knowing cardboard superhero. He's not a superhero at all, by that standard. He's very mortal, someone who agonizes a lot about his role in life. For an actor, being able to get into those areas is what you dream about.
- I explained to Danny that I liked my villains a little more layered-some moral ambiguity, some shades of grey-and that, frankly, I'd had my fill of the psycho's and mass murderers running through the pages of half the comic books on the stands. (And those-heaven help us-were the heroes!) Peter Parker, on the other hand, was, is and always will be a kind , decent, compassionate, caring human being-something of a rarity in the comic book climate of the 90's.
- I was hoping against it, believe it or not. People laugh when I say this, but I did not want to do Spider-Man. I wanted to stay on Daredevil. The only reason I did Spider-Man was because Stan asked me and I felt that I should help out, like a good soldier. I never really felt comfortable on Spider-Man for years. ...I felt obliged to [mimic] Ditko because ... I was convinced, in my own mind, that he was going to come back in two or three issues. ... I couldn't believe that a guy would walk away from a successful book that was the second-highest seller at Marvel. ... After six months, when I realized it wasn't temporary, I finally stopped trying to [mimic] Ditko. ...I was doing these nine-panel pages and the thin line, and I was doing Peter Parker without any bone structure — just like Ditko was doing, I thought.
- John Romita Sr., Romita interview, Alter Ego #9, pp. 27–28.
- People often say glibly that Marvel succeeded by blending super hero adventure stories with soap opera. What Lee and Ditko actually did in The Amazing Spider-Man was to make the series an ongoing novelistic chronicle of the lead character's life. Most super heroes had problems no more complex or relevant to their readers' lives than thwarting this month's bad guys.... Parker had far more serious concern in his life: coming to terms with the death of a loved one, falling in love for the first time, struggling to make a living, and undergoing crises of conscience.
- Aunt May: He knows a hero when he sees one. Too few characters out there, flying around like that, saving old girls like me. And Lord knows, kids like Henry need a hero. Courageous, self-sacrificing people. Setting examples for all of us. Everybody loves a hero. People line up for them, cheer them, scream their names. And years later, they'll tell how they stood in the rain for hours just to get a glimpse of the one who taught them how to HOLD ON a second longer. I believe there's a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams. Spider-Man did that for Henry and he wonders where he's gone. He needs him.
- Train passenger: He's......just a kid. No older than my son.
- Steve was hired by a guy named Stan Lee to create a comic book super hero who was part man, part spider. My father contributed to the costume, the idea of the web shooting out of Spider-Man's wrist, and the movement which he made with his hands to release the web. In the early stories, Spider-Man had an Aunt May who was named after my father's own favorite Aunt May Cerniglia from his mother's side. She was a full blooded Russian, like his mother Anna Telesewski. Aunt May married an Italian and lived in New York.
- We were children and in school, and he feared that it could negatively effect our lives if people knew he was an erotic fetish artist. Even so, my mother was very upset and felt that this interview might come back to haunt us one day and that we might miss out on an opportunity. She was proud of his involvement with Spider-Man and wanted people to know the truth. She told my brother and I that, if anyone ever asked us whether or not my father contributed in the creation of Spider-Man, we should tell them the truth, that he did. I remember it clearly and I remember telling myself not to forget this. And so I haven't!
- Amber Stanton, "A Tangled Web", The Creativity of Steve Ditko, (2012).
- My contribution to Spider-Man was almost nil...
- [We] worked on storyboards together and I added a few ideas.... I think I added the business about the webs coming out of his hands.
- Eric Stanton as quoted in Theakston, Steve Ditko Reader, (2002), p. 14.
- Spiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spiderman.
- Is he strong? Listen bud—
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead.
Hey there! There goes the Spiderman.
- Wealth and fame, he's ignored—
Action is his reward.
Life is a great big bang-up—
Wherever there's a hang-up,
You'll find the Spiderman!
- Mary Jane: Who are you?
- Spider-Man: You know who I am.
- Mary Jane: I do?
- Spider-Man: Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
Pop culture referencesEdit
- Spider-Man: Everybody gets one.
- Sam: What you just said. It's from Spider-Man. You're dumping me with a line from Spider-Man?
- Curtis: No, no, no. No!
- Sam: You immature pathetic shallow bastard!
- Curtis: You know what you said about “no matter what I do, the ones I love will be the ones who pay”? Is that from Spider-Man?
- Nathan: I don't know. I was just trying to sound intelligent.
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