"Yeah! They'll love it!"
Superheroes project national desire, surpassing collective inability to deal with greater enemies (real and hyper-real). Whenever a society recognizes an enemy a superhero is created to defend it. A superhero then cannot be manifested in terms of superpowers or weaponry, but in his ability to take care of common enemies. Superheroes thus ought to win therapeutic battles. In this judgment, Spiderman 3 cannot apparently justify his superheroship. His personal intentions and persuasions overshadow his national superheroism and apparently his enemies cannot be recognized as national enemies. Revenge (in case of Hary Osborn), parental responsibility (Sandman), professional rivalry (Eddie Brock Jr.) – these commonplace personal motivations reduce them to personal enemies to the Spiderman. These matters are too 'private' to be taken as something of public interest. And the whole engagement ring episode with two love triangle (provisional) dancing out of the blue – is not probably something a superhero fan would look for.
"How long can any man fight the darkness... before he finds it in himself?"
But, that's might not be the story. If we attempt to decode the hidden symbolism in the film, we may find something else. American superheroes have always been shaped by its national desire. Before
Or, if not completely so, Spiderman is here to represent the insubstantiality of American desire. He is not an American Idol; he is
Some dialogues from the movie
Marko; the man who killed Uncle Ben, he was killed last night. Flint
Aunt May: Oh my... What happened?
Peter Parker: Spider-Man killed him.
Aunt May: Spider-Man? I don't understand, Spider-Man doesn't kill people. What happened?
Peter Parker: I uh... he... he was... I thought that you'd feel... He deserved it, didn't he?
Aunt May: I don't think it's for us to say wether [sic] a person deserves to live or die.
Peter Parker: Aunt May, he killed Uncle Ben!
Aunt May: Uncle Ben meant the world to us, but he wouldn't want us living one second with revenge in our hearts. It's like a poison. It can take you over, before you know it, turn you into something ugly...
"I'm not asking you to forgive me. I just want you to understand."
The counter-ego, the black Spiderman has a hairstyle like Hitler. Does it suggest that, an American hero has finally turned out to be a demonic despot?
Spiderman was once created by Jewish writers. He was then driven by Judaic ethics: eye for an eye. But through times, his actions started to be determined by Christian Morality too. Spiderman now has to pass through different spiritual phases, of sin, redemption and salvation. Spiderman's story is not very much different than that of the Ancient Mariner. They both had to free themselves for their own prejudices. That is the point where, Spiderman 3 has a gospel like narrative. Friend Monami has reminded me of one thing that Spiderman movies have a funeral shot. It might have a lot to with theology. At least Parker's last speech sounds biblical:
"Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. My friend Harry taught me that. He chose to be the best of himself. It's the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right."
here is an interesting New York Times Article on American Superheroes ..