“I’m proud of who I am, and I’m here right now to prove it,” the legendary webslinger tells a press conference called in New York’s Times Square, before pulling off his mask and standing before the massed ranks of reporters as newspaper photographer Peter Parker.
“Any questions?” Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.
So goes the story in Marvel’s seven-issue Civil War series.
The unmasking of Spiderman takes place after a huge showdown between a group of superheroes and supervillians results in the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians. The US government passes the Super-Hero Registration Act, requiring all superheroes to reveal their identities and register as “living weapons of mass destruction.”
The superheroes split. One group, led by Spiderman, are accepting of the new law. Another group, led by Captain America, want to remain anonymous.
While this sounds cool and I am sure there are lots of unusual and creative ways they can develop this idea. For some reason it strikes me as familiar.
It seems like recently there was some low-budget movie that dealt with two bitterly divided group of individuals with super powers arguing over government’s role in their lives.
And somewhere in the back of my mind, I seem to recall an unknown children’s film that touched on issues of superheroes being held responsible for accidents that happen as they are working to save the world.
Maybe it is just me, but it seems Marvel may be recycling ideas here. I know that sounds shocking, but if I could ever remember those small movies I could prove it. Of course, I think they achieved their point – to get people talking about it.