After Life: Does Ricky Gervais hate Spider-Man?

While fans are excited about Spider-Man: No Way Home, Netflix’s After Life Season 3 has Ricky Gervais’ Tony making it clear he hates Peter Parker.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for After Life Season 3, now streaming on Netflix.

Following the resounding events of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, many fans have repeatedly expressed their love for the wall-crawler, whether it’s Tom Holland’s version or those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the past. However, there has been some scathing hatred towards the web boss recently, and it came from Netflix. after lifeRicky Gervais’ Tony making it clear he’s not a fan of any version of Peter Parker.

This happened in the Season 3 premiere episode when Tony and his photographer, Lenny, left a woman’s house after a story they were covering for their newspaper. Unfortunately, while they were on the zebra crossing, a driver cut them dangerously and accelerated, which led to another profane rant from Tony.


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He wished he had a brick to throw at the blue car, before saying he wouldn’t mind being a vigilante. However, he would only go after the bad guys, talking about Batman and Dexter, who he says did a civil service in ridding society of selfish demons.

Of course, Lenny called it all “mental” because he felt these people, just like Tony, had anger issues, even Tony admitting he might have been a jerk who just liked to punish people for the hell. He then referenced Spider-Man, revealing how annoying it was for a little teenager to get bitten by a radioactive spider and dress in “tight kid’s pajamas” to fight crime.


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He admitted he enjoyed the way Pete “sorted out the wrong people” after his uncle’s death, but then floundered in Spider-Man’s “little pony outfit.” Lenny was in disbelief as he found Tony’s duality a bit too extreme and dramatic, made worse by Tony exclaiming that he would “beat” Spider-Man. It’s a really vulgar exchange from rude Tony but nonetheless, it’s kind of funny.


Ricky Gervais' Tony Hates Spider-Man in After Life

However, he never fully clarified why he hated Spidey but embraced the Dark Knight as they were both driven by grief. Tony is the same kind of guy after losing his wife, Lisa, to cancer, and his father to dementia until old age in season 2, so this was a channel for him to vent his anger as he compared himself to them. It also summed up their dynamic as Tony educated a bewildered and naive Lenny about the comics, because all Lenny cared about was food and getting home to his daughter.


He often listened to Tony’s rants and even let him intimidate him into comforting Tony, but this one was pretty incomprehensible. And finally, the whole confirmed episode was that Gervais really wanted Spidey because he confessed that he would like to trample and crush him for some mysterious reason.

All three seasons of After Life by Ricky Gervais are streaming on Netflix.

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