As August 1 arrives, it’s important to remember one thing: with great power comes great responsibility. Now you, a Spider-Man fanatic, have all the power in the world to celebrate one of the most iconic comic book superheroes of all time, so don’t take this responsibility lightly. This is your gift, this is your curse. How will you celebrate Spider-Man Day? Spider-Man entered the comic book universe in August 1962, and has been a major player ever since. The groundbreaking story turned heads when it featured an awkward, antisocial teenager as its superhero — a description typically associated with sidekicks. But this bold move turned out to be a boon for creator Stan Lee, who touched the hearts of a generation of kids who felt lonely, rejected, or had difficulty making friends. Spider-Man proved anyone can be a superhero, and its popularity has hardly waned since.
Why We Love Spider-Man Day
A. He’s relatable
Superman is an alien and Batman is rich beyond measure, but Peter Parker is the everyday highschool kid we all were at some point. By creating a hero that we identify with, Marvel managed to inspire all of us to do our part for the good of the community. We just have to figure out how to do it without super strength of spidey sense.
B. He's made for the silver screen
When comic book movies had a resurgence in the early 21st century, Spider-Man led the way. The 2002 release of Spider-Man led to gross income of nearly $822 million worldwide. Its sequel in 2004 raked in almost $784 million, while the third installment in 2007 broke all previous records with gross income just shy of $891 million worldwide.
C. He teaches us great life lessons
From the iconic quote “with great power comes great responsibility” to learning humility, Spider-Man has reminded a generation of some core life lessons. His ability to not take credit for the good he does and his commitment to always be himself serve as a model for all of us to follow.
How to Celebrate Spider-Man Day
1. Have a Spider-Man movie marathon
Depending how far back in time you want to go and which producers/directors you prefer, you could easily spend an entire day watching movie adaptations of Spider-Man comics. Perhaps you and your friends could watch and compare the latest releases, both Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man, and discuss who did it better.
2. Throw a Spider-Man party
Invite your friends over, decorate the house, and get the silly string web slinging devices ready, cause it’s party time. To really make your party stand out, try some Spidey themed food, like deviled eggs with paprika shaken into the shape of a spider. To keep the adults happy, try making the Spider-Man cocktail: Cherry and raspberry liqueurs, tequila, and a sprinkling of pop rocks.
Ever wanted to leap and fly like Spider-Man? While swinging through New York City with a series of webs isn’t quite realistic, the growing trend of parkour can be done right here and now. A mix of gymnastics and dancing, building up your parkour skills means flipping, sliding, and jumping through the city just like Spidey.