Jul 2, 2019
There are lots of things I want to do that I'm just not allowed to do anymore. I am several seasons behind on my superhero shows. I have been reading the fifth "Dark Tower" book for about three years. I still haven't beaten "Super Mario Sunshine" from 2002. My fun-list is getting a bit out of control. But as a Catholic father, I'm continually reminded that I have responsibilities, primarily to my wife and children.
"Spider-Man: Far From Home" acts not only as a fun epilogue to Marvel's Infinity Saga, but also is a poignant reminder about the importance of taking a vocation seriously.
Besides being an intense film fan, I have also been seriously reading comics for as long as I can remember. The collection in the basement has overtaken a whole room. Considering that this column is named "True Believers," you can imagine that I've "Made Mine Marvel." As much as I adore "Daredevil" and his attachment to angsty Catholicism, "Spider-Man" has always been the book that I've grafted onto. My daughter has gained a similar appreciation for the character.
With the release of eight separate "Spider-Man" films, not including his appearance in other movies, cartoons, and video games, people have now latched onto the mantra Peter Parker's Uncle Ben bequeathed his nephew -- "With great power, there must also come -- great responsibility!"