The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Spiderman

Dennis Sanders

Dennis is the pastor of a small Protestant congregation outside St. Paul, MN and also a part-time communications consultant. A native of Michigan, you can check out his writings over on Medium and subscribe to his Substack newsletter on religion and politics called Polite Company.  Dennis lives in Minneapolis with his husband Daniel.

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3 Responses

  1. Doctor Jay

    I think it’s part of the Spiderman mythos that Peter Parker doesn’t really get truly happy endings. He’s unlucky in that way.

    I expect we will see college-age Spiderman in forthcoming films, and he will have to rebuild his life brick by brick. It will be an act of courage that we will admire, and he will sometimes fail at it. But it will be exactly the sort of struggle we love him for.

    I don’t blame you for finding it unsettling. It is unsettling. It is a heroic sacrifice of high order that Peter did. It will hurt, and he will crawl back from it.Report

    • Brent F in reply to Doctor Jay

      Good Spider-man stories end with him not getting what he wanted to start, although usually he’s consoled with a little bit of what he needed. The real compensation for him is the transcendent moment when he puts everything together to solve a problem the way only he can (Wealth and fame, he’s ignored. Action is his reward).Report

  2. North

    No way home was quite an impressive piece of work both as writing and as acting. It deserves the mountains of money it’s been raking in.Report

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