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Old January 15 2010, 02:28 AM   #1
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He's A Spider-Man!?

I am not familiar with the comics, just tv and movies about Spider-Man...all have him as a teenager or slightly older...are there good stories to tell about Spider-Man at lets say...30ish??? We all know Superman is much older for the most part when he takes on his role as The Man Of Steel...is there anything interesting for Spider-Man as a 30 something fully intune with his abilities???

Would love to hear some insight on this.

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Old January 15 2010, 02:50 AM   #2
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Re: He's A Spider-Man!?

how old wad Spider-Man 2099?
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Old January 15 2010, 02:54 AM   #3
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how old wad Spider-Man 2099?
"old wad"'s -- the great new nickname for people over 30.
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Old January 15 2010, 05:23 AM   #4
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are there good stories to tell about Spider-Man at lets say...30ish???
I thought that was his current age in the mainstream Marvel comics (or 616 reality as its known by). The marriage years definitely felt like late 20's / early 30's to me (especially the Stracynski run).

Of course, then you have stuff like Spider-man: Reign which features Pete in his 50's; it's essentially The Dark Knight Returns for Spider-man.
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Old January 15 2010, 06:04 AM   #5
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I feel Spider-man works best as guy in his late teens and early twenties. If fact, I think most super-heroes should be under thirty.
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Old January 15 2010, 07:29 AM   #6
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Spider-Man would work well in his early twenties just graduating from college as you have three story lines to go from there; Daily Bugle, research assistant and teacher. I found I liked him as a teacher personally. It's a little absurd but core to Peter.
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Old January 15 2010, 11:23 PM   #7
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I was thinking something would translate to film...guess not.
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Old January 16 2010, 12:49 AM   #8
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I suppose the O.P. is asking this because the word is the next Spider-Man film is going will make Pete a teenager again. Personally, at this point I'd prefer a more adult Spider-Man as a 30-something guy. Hell, even as a 40-something, divorced guy!

To digress briefly, I do kind of enjoy how the new Iron Man cartoon made Tony Stark and his friends teenagers, to appeal to a younger demographic, of course. However, we've already seen the teen-age Spider-Man in the movies. What is it with all this reboot fever out there?
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Old January 16 2010, 12:55 AM   #9
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Spidey was a full grown man in his late 20s-early 30s back in the 80s. I think he still is in most of the comics.
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Old January 16 2010, 01:14 AM   #10
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Nerys Myk wrote: View Post
I feel Spider-man works best as guy in his late teens and early twenties. If fact, I think most super-heroes should be under thirty.
Bats as an exception to that rule?

Actually, although the ages flail around wildly in DC, I like it when they're written with a (relatively) broad age range - so Bruce, Ollie , and Hal read as older men, people like Dick, Babs and Dinah feel like young professionals, then various younger turks from Jason, Mia, to Cass and Steph.

Wrt Spidey, I think at the moment Didio et al are sort of obsessed with returning him to his youth. I vaguely remember liking Straczynsk's run on Amazing Spiderman where I seem to recall Pete felt that bit older. Can anyone back me up on that, or am I talking rubbish?
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Old January 16 2010, 02:28 AM   #11
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Bats? No, he should be around thirty. My exceptions would be heroes like Reed Richards, Dr. Strange and Iron Man. They would be between thirty and forty. The JSAers would also get a pass.

The original Teen Titans would never be over 18. (If fact I prefer they were under 16). As for the "fourth" generation. No real need for them, Except for maybe Kon-el.
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Old January 16 2010, 03:41 AM   #12
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^I guess I love Cass, Steph, and Jaime too much for that.

Most of the characters with long histories read much older to me than canon would have them. Babs, for instance, could easily be headed for thirty.

Trying to pin an age on superheroes requires advanced bistromatics though.
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Old January 16 2010, 03:48 AM   #13
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^I guess I love Cass, Steph, and Jaime too much for that.

Most of the characters with long histories read much older to me than canon would have them. Babs, for instance, could easily be headed for thirty.

Trying to pin an age on superheroes requires advanced bistromatics though.
Depends on how they are written. Batman has has five Robins stuffed into his "lifetime" in the last twenty years. Three or four of which are now adults! Each Robin that hits 18 make poor Bats that much older. How long till Damian is voting in National elections?

Steph and Jaimie are okay. Jamie is only the third BB and doesnt fall into the same catagory as Tim, Cassie and Kon-el. Same for Steph. Both could easily be of the same generation as the original TT.
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Old January 16 2010, 06:36 AM   #14
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Bats? No, he should be around thirty.
nah, 35. Peak of physical ability and fully formed. 30-year-olds aren't fully cooked yet.
Superman, of course, has been 29 for about 40 years (I think he was a little older before that).

As for Marvel, I still maintain that Reed and Ben served in WWII, and Iron Man was born in Viet Nam. But I'm ornery that way.
Speaking of which, though, as written in the 60s through the 80s, Reed and Ben certainly did serve in WWII, so that makes them 40ish right out of the gate.
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Old January 16 2010, 06:45 AM   #15
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Yeah, Reed and Ben's WWII service is why they should be in the 40-50 range. I think Prof. X showed up in a Sgt Fury book once so he's in that group too. He was in Korea too, IIRC.
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