As ridiculous as it might sound, Peter Parker’s life is a great example of how being a super hero would actually kind of suck.
Parker was just your average nerd, pretty quiet and not so stellar with the ladies – probably your standard first world problems. However after being bitten by a radioactive spider, Parker still has all those everyday problems in addition to: losing his Uncle (as an indirect result of his own selfish actions), not getting killed by bad guys, not accidentally killing the jocks that pick on him, and being permanently tardy/flaky. There’s also the other issue of keeping that whole alter-ego separate. Spider-Man’s credo “with great power comes great responsibility,” is even somewhat deflating. It’s not quite a memento mori, but it is a little humbling. Teenagers, who already feel invincible from time to time, don’t tend to have much willpower. If Parker didn’t have the willpower and morals that he does, the hero could have easily turned into an unstoppable, hedonistic, and hormonal villain.
Perhaps in addition to all the strength, agility, and other spider-esque superpowers, Parker’s willpower and strong moral fiber were increased to that of a superhuman as well. In fact I think they would have to be. Much of the time, Spider-Man is treated exactly the way any superhero would be in reality – as a vigilante. He will deliver criminals in the characteristic spider’s web, often directly to the police, only to be commanded to freeze or occasionally fired upon. Unfortunately Parker can’t even catch a break in his regular life because no one knows where it is he’s constantly disappearing to. His disappearances combined with his tardiness give off the impression that he is a truly apathetic person or just very forgetful. Not to mention Parker’s only incoming revenue is as a freelance photographer and is completely contingent upon snagging shots of Spider-Man so that his rude boss can slander the superhero in the newspaper The Daily Bugle.
It’s not a life many would choose after walking in the web-slinger’s shoes for a week or two. Whether he’s Spider-Man trying to save Gwen Stacey from the grasp of the Green Goblin or he’s Peter Parker just trying make it to a date or a class on time – he never quits. Peter Parker’s character explores many of the problems superheros face as well as many of the everyday problems which are often exacerbated by the fact that he is secretly Spider-Man. Whether you love or hate him, you can’t deny that he’s quite the juggler.