Superhero Psyche: Spiderman

With the news that Spiderman: Reboot is taking shape we’ve decided to look at the wall crawler and some of his adversaries.  First up, the man himself – Spiderman.

Peter Parker is the young man behind the spider’s mask, a mild-mannered photographer who struggles to make ends meet while keeping his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson happy and taking care of his ageing Aunt May.

To add even more weight to his already difficult balancing act there is the matter of his Uncle Ben’s death, something for which he feels personally responsible.

And then there’s his boss, Jonah J. Jameson, a megalomaniacal newspaper magnate who has a real grudge against Parker’s alias and uses his Daily Bugle paper as the axis for his hate campaign.

Given all these difficulties Spiderman is an incredibly well balanced character.  He still maintains high moral values and expertly juggles his private life with his super heroic acts.

A chance encounter with a radioactive spider imbued him with super dexterity, strength and web spinning mayhem, all of which get used to stop villains in their tracks.

He is driven by his desire to see good prevail but there is also an element of revenge for all the ridicule he endured at school, and of course, Uncle Ben’s death.

His only real problems are keeping his secret identity from his Aunt May, maintaining his relationship with Mary Jane Watson who has been portrayed as an aspiring actress in more recent depictions of Spidey, and fighting off love interest from Gwen Stacy (to be played by Emma Stone).

In truth, Peter Parker is – superpowers aside – a fairly normal teenager who has had to pass life’s durability tests like most other teenagers, but with the added burden of rescuing cats from trees and catching multi-limbed psychopaths on villainous rampages.

With Rhys Ifans penned to play an as yet unnamed villain in the next movie instalment, we’ll be doing some supervillain psyche profiling to whet your appetites.

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Read other Superhero Psyches, Batman, The Joker, Rhys Ifans and our coverage of Heath Ledger.

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Rhys Ifans joins Spiderman Reboot

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has accepted the role of an as yet unnamed super villain in the new Spiderman Reboot movie.  The growing cast list also includes Andrew Garfield (Red Riding, Boy A) as Peter Parker / Spidey, and Emma Stone (Superbad, Zombieland) as Gwen Stacey.

The 43 year old born in Haverfordwest, Wales is lauded for his versatility and Sony pictures are hoping his experience will bring some added spice to the series.  Ifans is soon to appear as Xenophilius Lovegood in the final instalment of the Harry Potter series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Although considered a prestige actor he is also remembered for his time with Welsh band “Super Furry Animals”, an indie flavoured guitar driven pop malady who penned simplistic songs like “Do or die”.

He is also quite outspoken, having recently upset the NSPCC at an anti-slavery benefit where he was chastised for making a paedophile joke and subsequently made a public apology.

He is currently campaigning for the legalisation of marijuana having claimed that “everyone” enjoys smoking drug laced cigarettes from time to time.  During an interview with the London Evening Standard he said, “In the past we have had a little smoke, the odd toke. I didn’t inhale though. Howard [Marks] still has a smoke. Everyone has a little smoke once in a while, you know. It’s one of life’s little pleasures.”

“I agree with Howard on this. You look at any culture and prohibition has invariably been unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think. It needs to be controlled, managed.”

“If you legalise something then you use the taxation from the sale of that drug to help people who become addicted to those substances. It is not going to go away. The war on drugs is being lost on a daily basis.”

What are your thoughts about Ifans being cast as a supervillain?  And what of his ideas on cannabis, should it be legalised? Let us know.

See our articles on Superhero Psyche, former Mary Jane Watson actress Kirsten Dunst, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. and Dark Knight’s Heath Ledger.

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