WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man #87 by Jed Mckay, Carlos Gomez and VC’s Joe Caramagna, out now from Marvel.
Peter Parker may be the Amazing Spider-Man, but part of that job involves a lot of bad luck and hard times. Some of the toughest times have come recently, with Peter taking a massive beating in the line of duty. Recovering and trying to get back into the game, things aren’t as easy as Spidey had anticipated.
While being put through a rehabilitation regiment by both Captain America and the Black Cat In The Amazing Spider-Man #87, Peter soon discovers that his battered body is not ready to go back to wearing the familiar red and blue suit. The story is very reminiscent of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where a prominent Avenger also prevents Peter from wearing his suit. This is how the latest edition of amazing spider man reinterprets the story to show that Peter is much more than a costume.
Why does Peter Parker have to get his Spider-Man costume back?
Now that he can walk and do almost everything on his own, Peter Parker is physically fine in the eyes of the average Joe. Unfortunately, he definitely wasn’t where he was before in terms of his superhuman abilities, with his previously broken body not being used to doing all the things he needed to.
The Black Cat recognized this and became concerned that Peter would only endanger himself and others if he tried too hard, too soon. To get him back to full fitness, she and Captain America began training him to become Spider-Man once more, while a returning Ben Reilly acts in the role. The Black Cat also refused to allow Peter to even wear the Spider-Man mask, telling him that until he’s ready, Ben was the only Spider-Man and that he had to prove himself to get the mantle back.
His exercises included hand-to-hand combat, stopping thieves, and of course running around New York, the last of which Peter was clearly out for. Peter couldn’t keep up with the powerless Black Cat and knew that he has to keep trying harder to get back to being what the city needs him to be. Unwilling to give up, he got up for one more round of training with his two unlikely trainers.
Peter’s training mirrors Peter Parker in the MCU
Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was much more of a rookie hero, that is, one who idolized the Avengers. His greatest hero is, of course, Iron Man, who took the young man under his armored wing in Captain America: Civil War. Giving him a new suit in that movie, Tony Stark later took it off in spider-man: homecoming when you feel you don’t deserve it. Since he was no longer sure about Peter, Tony believed that the boy would only kill himself or others if he wasn’t ready to be a hero yet.
The situation here is very similar, although one big difference is that the resident Avenger is Captain America, and while Peter admires and respects Cap, he doesn’t idolize him the way young Peter does with Iron Man in the MCU. This makes it much more of a case of a fellow hero being trained by a colleague, with the main person Peter is trying to impress being himself.
Another big difference is that instead of a young, rookie Peter Parker, he’s an adult Peter who really understands what it means to be Spider-Man. This makes not being ready yet an even bigger problem as he truly realizes what great power and great responsibility meant. Therefore, you continue to get up and try harder to get to where you need to be.
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