Before I continue, let me just state that I’m not much of a superhero guy. I’ve seen a fair amount of the Marvel movies. Iron Man started off strong and flamed out for me. Captain America is a pretty lame guy to me. The Hulk is a badass, but I’ve never seen the standalone movies – nor do I plan to. Black Panther was a good movie but was a bit overhyped. I think I’ve seen the first and latest Avengers movie but nothing in-between.
Then there’s Spider-Man. It feels like we’ve been dealing with a new Spider-Man release every year since Toby Maguire helped revive the franchise in 2002. You lost me the moment Toby Maguire was cast as a superhero. From what I gather, this latest iteration of Spider-Man is pretty good though.
Just added to the promo schedule...Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! 🕷️🕸️— New York Mets (@Mets) January 16, 2019
Sunday, July 7 the first 25,000 fans will receive a #Mets #SpiderMan bobblehead as part of @Marvel Super Hero™️ Day! #SpiderManFarFromHome
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That being said, I was absolutely aware of Spider-Man’s fandom. That’s been pretty well documented over the years. I might not be a die-hard fan of the comics or the movie franchise, but I’m down with anyone who rocks the orange and blue – once they rip off a blue and red bodysuit that is.
Social media started buzzing when the latest Spider-Man trailer dropped and Piazza’s Hall of Fame pennant was prominently placed in the background of one scene. It’s a classic Easter Egg drop for Spider-Man historians to check off their lists that they got Parker’s fandom right.
Spider-Man is kind of the forgotten little brother in the Marvel world. Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk sit atop the food chain. I’m sure some Marvel fanatics will tell me I’m wrong about that, but that’s my take and I’m sticking with it. That’s also why he makes for the perfect Mets fan. He might have superpowers, but he still portrays the underdog in his world.
Want to know what would really get those spidey senses going? Signing Bryce Harper. If he’s as big of a fan as they say, his powers will go through the roof after receiving a Harper adrenaline rush. Assuming this franchise keeps churning out movies, maybe we’ll see a Harper bobblehead on Peter Parker’s desk.
If the Mets sign Harper, this is what will happen to Peter Parker the moment the deal is official.
Here’s the full trailer if you’re into that sort of thing.
In 1987, Spider-Man actually got married at Shea. The Mets haven’t won a World Series since. Does that mean Spidey is a jinx?!
In the 1970s, The Electric Company did a series of Spider-Man shorts. One of the settings was Spider-Man, in full patent blue and red gear, taking in a ballgame. I won’t say this is an enjoyable watch, but you’ll get a kick out of the Morgan Freeman umpire scenes.
This vintage 1980s “Super Heroes” poster is so ‘80s it hurts.
If you're hitting the final home game on Thursday at Citi Field, swing by the Marina Lot to see some friends, maybe meet some new ones, and responsibly wash down your sorrows before heading inside.