Spider-Man, Civil War and Philosophy

Some work has been written on Marvel’s Civil War and how it can correlated to deontology and utilitarianism, through Captain America and Iron Man. The role of Peter Parker has however been largely downplayed, even though he is perhaps the seminal character of the comic series. To what current might be he associated, if any? And what can that mean for the message of the work as whole?

  • I think you are right by pointing our spider-man as being a seminal character and one with great philosophical force. I also think that it would be interesting to pay attention to the African Anansi stories that could be a potential inspiration for Spider-man. He is a pretty philosophically involved character – DClarke 9 years ago
  • I would say that would be the one case, but even then, Marvel has taken steps back and reduced Peter Parker to being the teenage archetype that lead to his creation despite that he's grown out of that for decades. Best emphasized in One More Day that took place after Civil War. – Ryan Walsh 9 years ago

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