Spider-Man is one of the most popular superhero characters in Marvel comics. Many shows, movies, and comics have adapted this hero and featured how he came to be as he is. However, MCU skipped Peter Parker’s origin story that many fans reminisce about even today. But Marvel always had a plan for this! Because they are actually giving us the MCU origin story of Spider-Man through Ms Marvel! And we didn’t even know it.
Spider-Man, who was once scrapped for the nature of his powers, soon became an icon among the teenagers. They related how Peter got his powers at the age of 16 when he was just a high-school junior. He was an average kid who was bullied on a regular basis, had a limited number of friends, and had a crush on a girl who was way out of his league. Like I said, average! Then he gets powers, and his whole world turns upside down. Now he has to get a hold of his studies, his changing life, and the new powers. Many teens of the 1960s and 70s spent hours reading his comics, just because of how much they could relate to him.
But we never got that in the MCU. We met him for the first time when he was already a superhero and had a hold of his powers. He was still an awkward kid but that’s how a teenager is, right?! Still, his aspiring-to-be-avenger phase was over too soon. He didn’t get time to establish himself as the street superhero he is best known for. Just because he had to step up too soon! But don’t be sad! Because we are finally getting a story like this! But it’s not Spider-Man but Ms Marvel!!!
HOW IS MS MARVEL GIVING US THE ORIGIN STORY WE WANTED?
Just like we wanted Spider-Man to be, Ms Marvel is a coming-of-age story. It follows a high-school teenager, Kamala Khan(Iman Vellani), as she tries to find her place in the world. She is obsessed with superheroes and is often found daydreaming and now that she is becoming one, she doesn’t know what to do. She doesn’t understand her powers, much like Peter Parker didn’t when he first got them. And then her family and friends. Not to mention, the high-school crush, Kamran(Rish Shah). Adding to her already messy life are the mosque’s affairs and religion. The show will be following her as she juggles all of them while becoming a superhero!
We may have only seen a couple of episodes of this miniseries but we already know what we might see in the future, from the trailer and featurettes. We know that at some point, she will remove the bangle and return to her former unconfident self when she is overwhelmed with her powers. But her friends and family will motivate her. And this will be just like how Peter’s Uncle, Ben, did when he was down. And who knows, we might hear the popular phrase again, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
WHAT MAKES TELLING THIS STORY IMPORTANT?
MCU’s Peter Parker may be one of the best superheroes but fans didn’t see him grow up like they saw Iron Man. And by the time we first saw him, he was a refined superhero and a force for good. We knew his motivation was that he wanted to save the little guy, but we never got to know why did he want that. We didn’t get to see how he would’ve gone about his powers. 2002’s Spider-Man saw Peter jumping through roof-tops and 2014’s TASM saw Peter training in a warehouse with chains. This would’ve made writers wonder if we needed another story to tell for MCU’s Spider-Man. But they did! Because we are never getting bored because one other thing fans love, apart from superheroes winning, is to see a hero fall.
So Marvel found a way to tell all of this but in a more profound way. In a way, that the teenagers of this generation can relate to. No doubt, Spider-Man is an evergreen character but as the generations changes, they respond to newer characters better. Plus, Kamala is young both in the comics and the MCU. Spider-Man, on the other hand, is a seasoned character who has come a long way from a teenager. And this all makes Kamala a more fitting choice to tell their most interesting story through.
Do you agree with this? Or would you still want to see an MCU origin story of Spider-Man? Do let us know in the comments.