Molina’s Spider-Atheist: God ‘a lie’ because Uncle Ben died

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Peter Parker’s origin has been told numerous times over the course of decades, but one thing that has remained consistent is that he primarily blames himself for Uncle Ben’s death. Writer Jose Molina, however, used the publication of The Amazing Spider-Man 1.4 to give Peter an easy way to avoid responsibility for his behavior on that day. Who does Peter blame for his uncle’s death? Answer: Jesus.

Yes, that’s right, Molina’s Amazing Spider-Atheist had his beliefs solidified on the day he infamously told a cop that looking after “number one” was all that mattered — right before the fugitive he let escape killed his uncle. It was all God’s fault, which is why years later the character is obsessed with proving that Julio Rodriguez did not return from the dead and miracles are all lies. (Note: At no point in this story does Peter bother to think about that time he died and came back to life…or the times he interacted with dead loved ones.)

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Sadly, this tale requires Anna Maria Marconi to be the voice of reason by mentioning that man’s purpose in time is, as Whittaker Chambers put it, not God’s purpose in eternity.

It seems safe to say that God would not be God if his totality were transparent to self-centered teenagers and cocksure adults, but that never dawns on Molina’s Peter Parker; acting out of character can do that to a superhero.

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Perhaps the only bright spot in this story is that it will soon be over. Spider-Man goes full-Batman, dangles Julio’s murderer over a balcony, and finds out that dying was always Rodriguez’s intention. He apparently needed to sacrifice himself — just as he had to sacrifice his father in the previous issue.

Spider-Man finally tracks Julio down and he admits that his resurrection was all part of a plan to restore faith in mankind. The two are separated when a police helicopter unleashes a hail of bullets, and the next time readers see Julio he is in church allegedly talking with Jesus. This “Jesus” (we’ll just assume Julio has been possessed by a demon and give Molina the benefit of the doubt) promises that superheroes will come to Rodriguez like “lambs to the slaughter.”

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The final page of ASM 1.4 asks, “You want to know what happens next? Don’t miss The Amazing Spider-Man 1.5.”

Well, yes, I do want to know what happens next, but for all the wrong reasons.

  • Will Suddenly Spider-Atheist be vindicated?
  • Will Jesus be a new Marvel villain? (I wouldn’t put it past Marvel these days.)
  • Will Julio actually be possessed by a demon, or will he be a cyborg that will allow Spider-Atheist to rest easy at night?

Julio Rodriguez may have returned from the grave in this story, but copies of this book certainly deserve to be buried six-feet under.

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Liberal Activist Martin Sheen to Play Uncle Ben in New Spider Man Movie: With Great Power Comes Other People’s Money.

Liberal Martin Sheen is set to play Uncle Ben in the new Spider Man movie. Don't be surprised if he changes Peter's motto about responsibility into: "With Great Power Comes Other People's Money." As President Obama said, "At some point I think you've made enough money."

Liberal activist Martin Sheen is in final talks to play Uncle Ben in the new Spider Man movie.  Those familiar with the superhero know that Uncle Ben raised Peter Parker, giving him sound advice like “With great power comes great responsibility.”  In the previous films, Peter doesn’t take this to heart until after a robber he lets escape murders Ben.  The guilt he feels then drives his unrelenting quest to right wrongs as Spider Man.  It’s now an American classic, but the selection of an outspoken liberal anti-war activist and Obama supporter adds a new dimension to the film.

For instance, it’s very likely that Martin Sheen’s version of Uncle Ben will actually be responsible for his own death.  The content of Sheen’s Bush bashing on foreign soil (par for the course for Hollywood), officially established him as an ironic version of Peter Parker’s father figure:

After those eight years [of the Bush administration], which were like eight years of dictatorship in our country and the world, a lot of people died.  A lot of people suffered, and there was never any inkling of sorrow or regret from this man.  Now, during his last few weeks at a press conference in Baghdad, a guy stood up, an Iraqi journalist, and threw his shoes at the old man…  Now, he had the power – instantly – to say, “Let him go.  I’m going to pardon this fellow and I’m going to make it official as soon as I’m finished here.”

It would have sent a message of unparalleled importance, not just to the Iraqis, or to the rest of the world, but to us Americans who had been literally savaged by his lack of leadership.  He was a bully.  That’s the bottom line.

Never mind the fact that Bush had zero authority to “pardon” the Iraqi citizen – subject to Iraq’s justice system – and its methods for dealing with assaults on visiting heads of state.  Never mind the fact that sometimes shoes (and underwear) are nowadays used as explosives, or that in the immediate moments after the incident there was no way to tell exactly how much of a threat the man was.   I’d like to know what kind of Uncle Ben lets lawbreakers get away without any questions asked. I’d like to know what kind of Uncle Ben is so detached from reality that he tells people he lived under a dictatorship for eight years when in reality he comes from the freest country in the world.

One last question needs to be asked:  Will Obama supporter Martin Sheen call for script changes, whereas Uncle Ben teaches Peter “With great power comes other people’s money”?  The President’s feelings on “spreading the wealth” are well known, and we’ve all heard his assertion that “at a certain point you’ve made enough money.“ If Sheen has the option to adlib, it could get scary.

Let’s hope that talks fall apart and Martin backs out over key creative differences.  Someone needs to tell Martin that Spider Man acts “unilaterally” to stop muggers, thugs, and drug dealers on the streets of New York.   Maybe then fans will get an Uncle Ben they deserve.