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? Throughout the course of the History Of Marvel Comics there has been one name that has stood above all others as the icon of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man. Why people love this popular character so much isn't exactly unknown either. He embodies what Marvel represents, which is character, relationships, and being relatable. Peter Parker, a somewhat nerdy high school science whiz gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes the world's most beloved superhero. It's a story we've known and loved for decades. But what makes the wall-crawler so special? Thats an easy question to answer when you consider the traits of both Peter Parker and his arachnid counterpart, Spider-Man possess. He is a kind, genuine, wholesome and average person who happens to have extraordinary powers at his disposal. He didn't ask for this power, and when he receives it, thanks to the words of his uncle, he recognizes and accepts the responsibility that goes with it. Spider-Man doesn't always do the right thing, but he tries. He's not perfect, he's not rich, and he's not a god. He's an average guy who does average things and makes average mistakes. This is what appeals to the audience by and large, and it is what has defined the History Of Marvel Comics. Marvel is known as substance; reliability; family; friendship; etc. They embody what people want. Their heroes are flawed and imperfect, but heroes nevertheless. And this makes them all that more appealing and representative of what people ultimately want. The heroes of the Marvel Universe show readers they could actually achieve greatness despite their shortcomings. And Spider-Man has always led the pack on this. A nerdy kid with no friends grows up not only to become the most beloved superhero, but also marries a super model and hobnobs with the likes of Tony Stark and Reed Richards both in costume and out. While still riddled with problems, and still an average guy of average means, Parker has come into his own, still maintaining that witty charm and rhetoric he's known for, and still being the hero of our hearts.
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