Spider-Man: 10 best comedic acts of the 2000s
Spider-Man has been one of Marvel’s most iconic comedic properties since its debut in 1962. In the 2000s, that popularity increased further with the genesis of Sam Raimi’s film. Spider Man trilogy. In comic book terms, the decade offered a more mature and humanized take on the wall-crawler.
Of the revelation of his identity in Civil war in mourning for the death of Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man: Blue, this phase of Spidey’s life has been tumultuous. He is plagued by his sense of responsibility while questioning his own heroism. In more ways than one, the 2000s marked the formative years of modern versions of Spider-Man.
ten Civil war (limited series)
Civil war is an ambitious crossover event involving multiple Avengers. The titular conflict refers to the clash between Captain America and Iron Man as they differ in their views on government control over superheroes.
Spider-Man plays a major role in this story. First, he joins the Iron Man team and dons the Iron Spider costume designed by Tony Stark. He even continues to unmask himself to the public to support the Superhero Registration Act. Later, a change of mind forces her to join Captain America. His internal dilemmas add further context to Peter Parker’s constant struggle to balance “great power” and “great responsibility.”
9 Spidey Meets the President (The Amazing Spider-Man # 583)
Released a week before Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration in 2009, this unique story finds Spider-Man among the many attendees at the White House. But when an “impostor” Obama arrives on the scene (Chameleon in one of his disguises), it’s up to Spidey to save the day.
It’s a simple and straightforward storyline, but the real-world setting makes it unique. The cover featuring Obama and Spider-Man in one frame also stands out.
8 Spider-Man: Blue (Limited Series)
The blue color of this limited series refers to the melancholy that plagues Spider-Man after the tragedy of The night Gwen Stacy died. Unable to protect her from the clutches of the Green Goblin, he spends his days alone and imagines himself talking to Gwen.
Instead of focusing on quick action, Spider-Man: Blue takes an introspective approach to the past of its protagonist. It then goes on to show how even superheroes can struggle to deal with their own personal issues. With similar stories about other characters like Daredevil: Yellow and Captain America: White, Blue also makes for an essential collector’s item.
7 Back in Black (The Amazing Spider-Man # 539-543)
Located the day after the Civil war, Peter Parker discusses the death of Aunt May. Determined to find his shooter, he dons his symbiotic black suit and engages in uncontrollable violence.
Back in black is a major story arc because it shows how even Spider-Man can let go of his moral for once. The rage he feels over May’s death pushes him to his breaking point. Usually the web-slinger is associated with a childish and humorous character. But in Black In Black, his thirst for revenge resembles that of other morbid Marvel heroes like The Punisher.
6 Hangar (The Amazing Spider-Man # 630-633)
While Spider-Man storylines can be depressing at times, Cottage takes the sadness a step further with one of Marvel Comics’ most shocking deaths. Curt Connors is central to the story as he is unable to control his lizard personality, giving birth to a new personality called Shed. This condition worsens to the point where Shed ends up devouring Connors’ own son. Unable to bear the remorse of his actions, Connors eventually relents and leaves his human form.
Horror aside, Cottage also shows readers Spider-Man’s failure to save innocent civilians. Even with his powers and responsibilities, he cannot save everyone. The death of Curtis Connors haunts Spider-Man just like the case of Gwen Stacy.
5 Spider-Man: The Other (Crossover)
In an alternate scenario, Peter Parker wakes up and dies. This only turns out to be a trigger event for some new powers that transform Spider-Man into “The Other.”
Subsequent events provide certain moments of introspection for the hero. Peter has been grieving for a long time with the deaths of his loved ones. Before moving on to The Other, he simply endures his death with a feeling of acceptance. The crossover series showcases Spider-Man’s maturity while painting a sweet picture of his life.
4 Flowers for Rhino (Spider-Man’s Tangled Web # 5-6)
Spider-Man’s underrated villain Rhino is generally described as a silly, muscular supervillain. In Flowers for Rhinoceros, he is ashamed of such qualities when he falls in love with a woman who judges his intelligence. This prompts him to go through a brain-altering process that makes him intellectually superior to do a lot of new things, from creating his own criminal empire to rewriting Hamlet!
Even though Spider-Man plays a supporting role in the fight against the Rhino Mafia, it’s mostly about the story of his titular antagonist. It’s an interesting read because fans may have never seen such a sweet and romantic side of the rhino before.
3 Spider-Man with great power (limited series)
A limited series within the Marvel Knights imprint, With great power documents the period immediately after Peter Parker’s life-changing spider bite. The story then ends with Uncle Ben’s death and Peter’s decision to don his costume.
The same old superhero origin story has been told countless times in film and literature, but With great power seems to add a touch of teenage innocence to Peter’s high school mishaps. Instead of focusing on heroic high-octane acts, the plot features everyday observations of coming of age. Parker’s art style and cheesy appearance also pay homage to the character’s early days in Amazing Fantastic # 15.
2 New Ways to Die (The Amazing Spider-Man # 568- # 573)
Spider-Man is a fugitive in New ways to die as the Thunderbolts team led by Norman Osborn tracks him down. This prompts him to strike an unlikely alliance with former opponent Eddie Brock. Even though Brock was once the host of the Venom symbiote, he transforms into an Anti-Venom antihero.
The storyline is notable for the introduction of Anti-Venom which subsequently appeared in many other Spider-Man comics. Brock’s transition is another indicator of how multidimensional Spider-Man comic book villains can be.
1 Venom versus. Carnage (limited series)
Venom’s offspring, Carnage, creates another symbiote called Toxin (marking his comic book debut). What follows is a dark humor clash between its titular villains as they fight to raise the child. Spider-Man and Black Cat also join the fight as attenuators.
Venom and Carnage are already major members of the Spider-Man myth. Toxin’s introduction continues by providing space to explore the two symbiotes even further. And with Venom: let there be carnage theatrical release, it serves only as a timely read.
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