The Superbowl brought us many things one of which was a fresh new trailer for the newest web-head installment The Amazing Spiderman. The Marvel reboot was much needed after the whole Spider-Man 3 incident, in which that skinny kid from That 70’s Show was cast as iconic badass-villain Venom. Needless to say that didn’t work out very well so the powers that be decided to give Marvel’s youngest superhero a fresh new look and so far it’s not looking too shabby. The web slinger himself will be played by rising British star Andrew Garfield, most known for his role in The Social Network. Emma Stone (The Help) plays the female lead Gwen Stacy, while British actor Rhys Ifans will play villain The Lizard. This shy, nerdy high-school student actually happens to be Marvel’s flagship character and company mascot, being by far their most commercially successful character, filling the top three box office slots of any Marvel movie ever made. Wherein lies the appeal of such an awkward, shy, and misunderstood young teenager? Let’s take a look.
Peter Benjamin Parker was orphaned at the age of six when his parents were killed in an airplane crash overseas. Peter went to live with his aunt and uncle in New York, where he excelled as a science student. Peter was then bit by a radioactive spider in a science lab, giving him superhuman strength and agility, and all the abilities of a spider. Soon after being given superpowers Peter failed to stop a thief, claiming that it was not his responsibility, the same thief that ended up murdering his dear Uncle Ben. Peter learned firsthand that with great power comes great responsibility, and took such a tragic lesson very seriously. Spider-Man is commonly seen as a brave and righteous hero with an indomitable sense of justice and responsibility. Shaken by his uncle’s tragic death, Spider-Man’s vow of responsibility has led him to a path of heroism and humanitarian service. Intuitive, shy, sensitive, and selfless with a profound sense of idealism Spider-Man makes for a great example of a Healer Idealist. Certainly Spider-Man suffers with identity issues, as many Idealists do, as he is often scorned and ostracized by the very people that he has vowed to protect. Indeed Peter Parker has developed “a certain fascination with the problem of good and evil, the sacred and profane”. Parker is alone in his quest for the greater good however, and yet still charges on with relentless passion.
Healers have a profound sense of idealism derived from a strong personal morality, and they conceive of the world as an ethical, honorable place. Indeed, to understand Healers, we must understand their idealism as almost boundless and selfless, inspiring them to make extraordinary sacrifices for someone or something they believe in. They are the Shaman, Medicine Man, or the Witch Doctor of the tribe, the Prince or Princess in fairy tales, the True Knight or Defender of the Faith, like Don Quixote or Joan of Arc. Isolated by their seclusiveness and infrequency (around one percent of the general population), their idealism leaves them feeling even more isolated from the rest of humanity.—Please Understand Me II, p. 158
- With great power, there must also come great responsibility.
The Ethereal Complex
“The Ethereal Complex” refers to the Idealists’ tragic tendency to be misunderstood by those that they love the most. Humanity by nature of course takes what it is given for granted, and much to the disadvantage of the Idealist. The Idealists pour a tremendous amount of love and care into those they are closest to, a sentiment that is not always fully appreciated. Indeed the Idealists’ intentions always come from a warm and positive place in their heart, but the same thing can not always be said about those around them. The Idealists’ quest for better understanding and personal fulfillment is often misinterpreted as a result, leaving many Idealists’ with a tragic sense of inner-turmoil. All is not lost however, as the Idealists’ confidence in the innate goodness of life and human nature is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.