Something I noticed about the Spider-Man movie

I’m watching it right now, and something struck me as odd. The last time Ben talked to Peter, he told him that just because he has the power to do something doesn’t mean he should. He then told him that with great power comes great responsibility. Peter took it to mean that because he has the power to fight crime, that means he has to, but it seems to me that his real message was the opposite.

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3 thoughts on “Something I noticed about the Spider-Man movie”

  1. I think Ben was just telling Peter to be responsible with his powers and do what he knows to be right. I don’t think he was telling him NOT to fight crime. He wasn’t telling him to fight crime either. That’s something only Peter could could decide.

    1. The message was responsibility through restraint, not activism. After hearing “just because you can beat somebody up doesn’t mean you should”, he goes and beats up everybody who he decides deserves it. In fact, the decision to live like that is reinforced by the fact that the one guy he didn’t beat up who he thought he should have ended up killing Ben. Maybe he decided his uncle was wrong.

      Another thing I’ve always wondered: Why are his aunt and uncle so old? They look like they could be his grandparents.

      1. Ben never told him what to do. Ben told him that just because he could do something doesn’t mean he should and that with great power comes great responsibility. He didn’t really misread what Ben said. Ben left it completely open to choice. If Ben were still alive, he would have been perfectly happy with the choice to not fight crime and live a normal life, but he would have been supportive if he fought crime anyway. Just my interpretation anyway. Perhaps what he SHOULD have done with his power was staged a revolution against his government.

        I know his aunt and uncle were very old. They exaggerated that in the spoof, Superhero Movie. Have you seen it?

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