Let’s just appreciate how Tom Holland and Harrison Osterfield are almost Peter Parker and Harry Osborn in real life and how Haz could have been the perfect Harry but Disney decided that nope while we cry
It’s often been said Spider-Man has the greatest supporting
However when you think about it, that’s not just dramatic
but it’s actually all too appropriate.
In life we are all of us defined to a certain extent by our
relationships to others. Not only are these relationships important to our
identities but also for our health, be it mental, emotional or even spiritual
if you like.
I think in a way this is why Spider-Man’s supporting cast
was so robust and well developed. It’s because Spidey himself is supposed to be
a relatively realistic guy. It’s not just that he’d therefore happen to have a
lot of people he’d know and have relationships with in his life…he needs them.
He needs them to keep him sane, stable and otherwise happy.
This is perhaps why Peter is comparatively nicer and not as highly strung after
Ditko’s run when he suddenly has a legitimate social circle of friends
featuring his friend and roommate Harry, his frenemy Flash Thompson, his
girlfriend Gwen Stacy and his friend/sometimes date Mary Jane.
This notion of Peter needing his supporting cast of needing
these relationships is rather beautifully summed up in episodes 12-13 of the
Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series.
In episode 12 (Persona) Peter Parker mentally duels the
Venom symbiote in order to free himself from its corrupting influence.
In episode 13 Spidey offers to bond with the symbiote again, thereby separating from Eddie Brock.
So Spidey’s supporting cast don’t just offer up cool
subplots. They are honestly vital to Peter Parker as a person.