This Thanksgiving season, we are thankful for Spider-Man. The Stan Lee created character from Marvel Comics. What is fantastic about this superhero is that we dedicated a whole podcast to him – to talk about the pinnacle of the superhero we know and love in film. From Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire’s version, to Andrew Garfield’s version, to the recent Tom Holland version. Who is the pinnacle of Spider-Man in film?
Who started it all? And who almost ended it all? We barter with that question in this month’s podcast. Podcast #9 tackles Spider-Man in film: who is the man behind the mask in superhero films? We have Shareca (the podcast host), Brandon Daniels (reoccurring podcast guest), and Colleen Etman (feature podcast guest, first timer). Today we will see a few names you know, however, give Colleen a warm welcome to the podcast crew. This is her first premiere podcast under The Daily Bugleseries.
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The Introductions – Podcast #9: “The Pinnacle Of Spider-Man In Film”
Welcome to The Daily Fandom podcast, and today we’ll be having a new guest and a reoccurring guest. So today we’ll be having Brandon Daniels and Colleen Etman, and, of course, myself, the podcast host (Shareca), and today we will be covering Spider-Man and the pinnacle of Spider-Man in film, um, some comics, but mostly in his film adventures.
We have the Andrew Garfield, we have the Tobey Maguire, my favorite, and then we have the Tom Holland version, and we’re kind of going to go over and analyze Spider-Man and the pinnacle of who he is in film and who he is, in general, when it comes to being a pop-culture superhero sensation. So today we’re going to be covering that. I am super, super, super excited to cover this because Spider-Man is one of my favorite all-time superheroes. So today is really fun and exciting.
So this podcast is going to be a little bit laid back, a little bit more fun, um, in, in a sense of — we had a really good time recording this podcast. So, honestly, I’m going to leave you to it. This podcast is already long enough. You don’t need to hear me spiel about it. So here we go. Here we have Brandon with his introduction and then Colleen and then myself.
Returning Podcast Guest, Brandon’s Introduction
Brandon: I’m Brandon and I – uh – love Spider-Man. He is. I’ve got to say my favorite Marvel character. Second favorite. Just Superhero in general. I got to give it up to Static Shock, but that’s not what this podcast is about. So Spider-Man has been like one of, if not the most constant superheroes that I’ve had in my life really? ‘Cause even though like I said, he’s Static is like, oh, I connected with him. I knew Spider-Man before. I knew like Static.
I knew Spider-Man almost, you know, coming out the womb ’cause he’s one of the most endearing characters in fiction, which makes it, you know, a real great opportunity and honor just to be like talking about him. And then also to talk about the man who created him Stan Lee. For me, my first real comic experience was reading those like old old original Spider-Man comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in a collected issue that my mom got at Barnes and Nobles or something like that. She was like,
“Oh yeah, you know, you should read a little bit more and do you like Spider-Man? Okay, here you go.”
I got this book and I’m like, oh, this is old stuff ’cause it’s from what, 1964. Yeah, that’s when the first Spider-Man came out. It’s literally that first issue in the ones leading after it, like a Sandman introduction and all these incredible characters. I picked that up and um, it must’ve been like seventh grade, seventh or eighth grade, so like it was age appropriate, of course, but I’m reading it and I’m just like, “oh, this stuff is awesome.”
Spider-Man: A Geuine Superhero
Like I know there’s more modern things because the art looks very old, but I was just jumping in and I was like, this is great, this is cool. So literally my foundation for Spider-Man was this legend, Stan Lee. And, um, funny enough I lent out that like collected edition to one of my friends because he was like, “whoa.” He saw me reading in school and he’s like, “that’s awesome.” And I’m like, “yeah, it’s awesome.
So he takes it and he reads it and then he messes it up in his backpack and gives it back to me and the spine is all bent and I’m like, man, if, if I had less self-control, we would be outside brawling right now because this is Spider-Man. You don’t mess with that. So it’s fine. I still have the book and we’re good friends now and he’s doing stuff.
But the fact that Spider-Man was just such a connector between friends for me in such a foundational thing, really brings them to the forefront of why I love him and why I really felt that loss from Stan Lee because he was like the dude and besides Spider-Man, of course, he created so much in Marvel. So I give him, you know, all respect, uh, all of the excelsior or is that my body can muster because the dude really, um, was integral to a lot of people’s foundation and especially mine. So yeah.
First Time Podcast Guest: Colleen’s Introduction
Colleen: Well man, I feel kinda bad following up all of that since I have never once in my entire life read a Spider-Man comic book. But I do have to say that even though I haven’t read the comics, I do really feel a connection to Spider-Man because honestly isn’t he just the most relatable of the superheroes, everybody else is this big magic, genius, science experiment, whatever going on. And sure, you know, Peter Parker’s got some of that going on too, but at the same time he’s also just a kid trying to get through life and trying to balance everything out and there is something really relatable about seeing him…
Figure out who he is going to be, not just as a superhero but as, you know, as just a regular person. And I really connected with that. And then, you know, the Spider-Man movies, the Tobey Maguire came out when I was going through the same kind of time period high school and figuring out who I was going to be. And that was really kind of formative for me. Um, and then there’s just the fact that the entire modern superhero craze came out of Spider-Man and his kind of enduring popularity. And so to me, Spider-Man is just kind of the eternally relatable superhero. And I, I’ve always really liked that about him.
The Podcast Host, Shareca’s Introduction
Shareca: We still accept Colleen comics or not. So that’s really great. No, hard feelings there, um, so, you’re welcome. I am Shareca the podcast host. Spider-Man is my favorite character of all time, mostly because when I was like in middle school and high school, I was kind of a nerd like Spider-Man. So I kind of relate to him in that way. I like school. I’m a huge fan of homework.
I know it’s a whole thing. People think I’m so weird. I like school. I like learning and I always wanted to be kind of like work at The Daily Bugle and, write for a newspaper and take pictures and I don’t know, Spider-Man just kind of like resembled everything that a cool teenager at the time in the nineties, my goodness — like a cool teenager was at the time that we kind of like looked up to and Stan Lee, rest in peace, he created, um, a bunch of characters that I love, especially Black Panther.
And, um, it was just kind of like a really, I don’t know, it was very… Revitalizing, I guess for lack of better wording that a Caucasian man could, could, could create these like really cool characters, even Black Panther and then they did the Miles Morales thing. For Stan Lee to like create characters that we can kind of, you evaporate into other things is just, I dunno, it’s outstanding. But I also love the films, so I’m on both sides. Tobey Maguire is my favorite also. I, I, I get bagged on a lot. Tobey Maguire is my favorite Spider-Man it’s the whole thing. But, I named my dog after him, so I love those films. Even the emo Spider-Man one.
A Love For Spider-Man Never Dies
I, I have a huge love for just kind of like the lore of Spider-Man and even though they keep redoing it if for some reason I still don’t get tired of it and I think that’s a good thing no matter how good or bad the movies are. I think that’s a good thing that like, I’m not just like, “I’m never watching Spider-Man again,” like after. Fantastic Four, I’m like, I’m done, I’m not watching Fantastic Four any rendition of Fantastic Four ever again.
Like with Spider-Man we kind of just accept, oh, the Andrew Garfield ones weren’t that good, but, well, okay, I’ll watch the next one. I don’t know. I think that’s kind of cool that just the lore can do that. Anyway, that’s my spiel about Spider-Man. We’re going to jump right into the questions and the conversation about Spider-Man.
The Raimi films, which also I had to like youtube, how to pronounce his last name because I’m terrible at pronouncing last names. Raimi’s films are often cited as the forerunners of the MCU, but came out after the X-Men films. Why do you think the Raimi films are given precedence over the X-Men films?