||[Jul. 9th, 2004|11:08 pm]
The Daily Bugle
Hey guys. My good friend octopedingenue (brownie points if you get the reference) were talking about Peter on AIM, and we stumbled into a rather interesting area of discussion (important part bolded):|
me: Peter is such an amazing character in all incarnations
octopedingenue: he has to be my favorite fictional character, ever
me: he's bratty and creepy and occasionally iconoclastic, but also the closest thing the Marvel universe has to a saint.
octopedingenue: and he's competing with, like, Shakespeare and Jane Austen and stuff here...
me: yes, me too!
octopedingenue: YES re: above statement
me: hmm. I think I should quote this convo to the dailybugle and see what kind of thoughts we can get
So, like I said in the convo, anyone have thoughts to contribute? To clarify on what I was talking about, once you get to know the Marvel comics universe ... well, there are tons of good people amongst the superheroes. Arguably, none of them took on their heroing careers with quite the same degree of selflessness, and none of them have martyred themselves to the extent Peter does. The FF are rich celebrities, and became superheroes in part because it was better than being freaks, the X-men are trying to win respect for their subspecies and all live off of Xavier's fortune anyway, Daredevil has lots of money and a great non-superhero career, and the Avengers are all kind of a mess anyway, at least as a whole. Peter, meanwhile, has sacrificed several relationships, the integrity of his college career, his Phd and potentially revolutionary career in the sciences, at least one extremely worthwhile job, his mental health ... And though he complains to himself, he doesn't really seem to think walking away from it all is a real option. It's a little terrifying, honestly. So I was just wondering.