First introduced to us all in 1962, Spider-Man featured in the Amazing Fantasy comic book. Particularly ground-breaking, Spider-Man allowed the teenage readers to relate in a way that no other superhero had.
Throughout the franchise, we have followed Spider-Man through the ups and downs of life and this has allowed us to learn a lot from the wall-crawling superhero.
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1. Trust the training process
Everyone is busy trying to become successful very quickly these days, and sometimes you've just gotta let it go! Just like Parker believed he was ready to be welcomed into the Avenger clan, yet learnt very quickly that he still had a lot to learn.
2. Always be yourself
It doesn't matter about your title, what you have or don't have - you should always be you. Just as Captain America said to Spider-Man "the mask is supposed to hide your face, don't let it hide your heart".
3. Take responsibility
All great superheroes always take responsibility for their mistakes and failures, and I think this is something all of us can aim to do. Spider-Man always leads by example and is reminded of his responsibility from his Uncle Ben; "with great power comes responsibility".
4. Serve others
Spider-Man has been known to rely on others to help him truly save the day and a prime example of this is in Amazing Spider-Man, where the web-shooting superhero call on a number of crane operators to give him a helping hand. Spider-Man is never above himself, and his ability to serve others pays off when he needs an extra boost.
5. You don't have to be the leader all the time
It's safe to say that Spidey has never been a natural leader, and very rarely takes centre stage. However, when Spider-Man does step up, his leadership is effective and makes a difference. A perfect example of this was during the Titanus saga, when Spider-Man finds himself leading the likes of Wolverine, Hulk, Nova and others to battle against the alien Titanus. His transition from loyal follower to respectable leader is seriously impressive.
There are so many more lessons we can take from the iconic Spider-Man, for example, not to take life too seriously which is wonderfully demonstrated in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
May Parker, Spider-Man’s aunt, famously made this statement, “I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride.”
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