I know things have been difficult lately and I’m sorry about that. I think I know what you’re feeling. Ever since you were a little boy, you’ve been living with so many unresolved things. Well, take it from an old man. Those things send us down a road… they make us who we are. And if anyone’s destined for greatness, it’s you, son. You owe the world your gifts. You just have to figure out how to use them and know that wherever they take you, we’ll always be here. So, come on home, Peter. You’re my hero… and I love you!
We need to talk about this for a second.. This scene alone shows something about Max Dillon. It shows how obsessed he is. It shows how disturbed and mentally abused the man has been even before his accident. So much so that he’s even remaking newspaper headlines to match his fantasy.
He wants SO much to be seen, to be noticed, to be a hero. And when his hero seems to forget him, when his fantasy breaks and he fears he has to return to his reality of being ignored, being forgotten, being unnoticed… he snaps. That is what triggers his villainy. A deeply disturbed man who was invisible to the world suddenly being granted great power… and feeling no responsibility to anyone but himself.