Published Feb 26, 2019
Peter B. Parker of E-616
This is the original Spider-Man — the one Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced back in 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15. In Into the Spider-Verse, every Spider-Being gets a monologue to explain their origin story and this Parker reveals he's been on super hero duty for 22 years, putting him at 38 years old. Some things in his life are gone — Aunt May's dead and his marriage to Mary Jane Watson has ended — while others are growing larger, mainly his disillusionment and bulging belly. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
His soundtrack rewinds to one of the best scenes for self-loathing: post-punk.
New Order – "Leave Me Alone"
Being left alone is precisely what Peter wants from Miles Morales when the kid asks for training with his powers. The older Spider-Man doesn't even want help accomplishing missions, suggesting his younger comrade stand look-out when they head to Alchemex together — begrudgingly, on Parker's part.
The Smiths – "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"
This song perfectly captures the cynicism of this burnt-out not-so-super hero. Sure, he gives Miles a couple tips — disinfect the mask and use baby powder to avoid chafing — but they're dripping with more sarcasm than his cheeseburger is with grease.
Joy Division – "A Means to an End"
This divorcee is down and depressed, with part of his aforementioned flashback dedicated to him crying in a shower before he drops a fact about how seahorses mate for life and how unbelievable he finds that.
Morrissey – "(I'm) The End of the Family Line"
M.J. wanted kids, but Peter got scared — a huge factor in their separation. The topic of this song is evident from the title and would trigger that oh-so-cathartic pang of regret.
The Cure – "Friday I'm In Love"
Peter's cynicism is chipped away for the duration of the film and, through his relationship with Miles, he realizes he would love to be a mentor to a kid. The film's conclusion find him bringing flowers to his ex-wife, presumably ready to be what she wants. We'll just pretend it's Friday.
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