A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled The Cultural Meanings of Spider-Man, in which I reviewed some of the scholarship on this American icon. In my post, I discussed Niall Richardson’s article The Gospel According to Spider-Man (2004), which analyzes the use of religious motifs in the first Spider-Man movie. Well, I write this postscript now because I finally saw Spider-Man 3 and I have to say that I am surprised at how religious the movie was. The story is essentially an allegory about the importance of repressing the appetites (sexual, for vengeance), honoring the concept of marriage and exercising forgiveness. These themes are explicitly presented in a religious context: Peter Parker frees himself from his dark, lustful and vengeful side (the Venom suit) in a cathedral bell tower.
The Cultural Politics of Spider-Man 3