Warning, this editorial piece will come with some spoilersfrom The Amazing Spider-Man and its recent sequel.
Still here? Okay... Don't say I didn't warn you.
Over the course of these past three weeks I've watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 three times. Just as it sounds, the movie did not disappoint, especially with how much I love the character of Gwen Stacy (if you know me at all you know what I am talking about). But I will have to review the whole movie eventually. Right now I want to talk about the most famous phrase from the lovable Spider-Man lore...
You must know that one of the biggest disappointments in these recent movies was not being able to hear someone utter these words that leave such a huge impact. You can discuss with me all you want about how Uncle Ben said the same thing using some different vocabulary during the first movie, but while I don't hear "with great power comes great responsibility" it does not count.
So I have given myself the task of mentioning where in these two movies the phrase could have been said. I have the power to do so; so I shall fulfill my responsibility:
The Amazing Spider-Man: Uncle Ben
There were two instances where these words could have been said. I don't have the script with me but he said something along the lines of: "if we have the power to do something about it is our moral responsibility to do so". Semantically speaking, it is the same but, was it really that hard to reinforce the statement with a "great power comes great responsibility"?
The second time was when he left his nephew a voice message. This is just after he dies and a moment in the movie that simple touches your heart, I won't deny that. Even so, if Marc Webb didn't want these words to be said to Peter's face, why not the voice message?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Richard Parker
What about Peter's father? According to Uncle Ben, the famous words that give Spider-Man his most important lesson originally come from his father. At the beginning of the movie Richard Parker (not talking about the tiger in Life of Pi) records himself revealing secrets about the spiders that would eventually empower Peter. The revelation can't be really seen until the awesome movie's midpoint. Just as he is regretting what he's done his phrase could've come in: "with great power comes great responsibility" and end with: "and it is my responsibility to discontinue these experiments".
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Gwen Stacy
Please let me catch my breath before I talk about this... I promised myself I wouldn't cry. In the recent line of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy sort of takes on the role of mentor for the new Spider-Man (MIles Morales). Actually it is her who teaches MIles the rule he must follow: "with great power comes great responsibility". Seeing as how Gwen is a very relevant Spider-Man lore character, I have no problem with her being who says the phrase.
Where in the movie would it be appropriate for her to say it? After her death; duh. It is a common thing for Peter Parker to receive his lessons from recordings of dead people. In the movie Peter watches the recording of Gwen's graduation speech. She talks about how great they will all become in their fleeting time. She talks about how they shouldn't be marked by their past. She just needed to mention how big of a responsibility they have on their potentially powerful hands.
Of course, this is just my humble opinion. Maybe you don't all agree. Should the phrase have been included in the movies?
By the way, do yourself a favor and go watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Once you do, check if you still miss Toby Mcguire the "original" Spider-Man.
-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @Geo_sorathekey