Why 'Spider-Man' (2002) Deserves a Spot on your Thanksgiving Movie Marathon
There have been ongoing debates of what film is codified as a Christmas movie, while tossing out your archaic conventions such as A Christmas Carol and especially It's a Wonderful Life, many cinephiles today are focusing on action films such as Die Hard, Lethal Weapon or even comicbook films like Batman Returns and Iron Man 3 which all took place during that most wonderful time of the year.
If you're a fan of Spider-Man, you’re more than likely aware that the movie was released on May 3, 2002, and while it’s not explicitly related to Thanksgiving, I'll argue that this blockbuster superhero film has several themes and scenes that resonate with the spirit of this tradition. Aside from the mid story arc which takes place around Thanksgiving, Spider-Man is a story about a hero who strives to use his powers for good, to protect New York and its people from dangerous criminals and supervillains like the Green Goblin, even at the cost of his own safety.
Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter-ego, is neither perfect nor flawless, yet he’s a relatable character who faces various challenges, both personal and external, and learns from his mistakes and experiences. His sense of great responsibility, and selflessness embodies the ideals of service and sacrifice that Thanksgiving celebrates. However, Peter's pursuit of justice and his secret identity as Spider-Man often clash with his desire to be a normal student, to impress his crush Mary Jane, and to provide for his aunt May.
In conclusion, Spider-Man (2002) may not be an obvious choice for a Thanksgiving movie, but it contains enough elements of gratitude, service, and family, to qualify as a worthy candidate. Whether you're a Spider-Man fan or not, I recommend you watch this movie with a thankful mind and see how a superhero can inspire us to be better human beings.(Yeah,"right!") Happy Thanksgiving!