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It’s often been said Spider-Man has the greatest supporting cast ever.

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.

Future MCU Spider-Man fancast

(If the cast is a bit young, it’s only because I’m using Tom Holland’s age as a point of reference)

1) Ludi Lin as Harry Osborn / Green Goblin 2 

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2) BD Wong as Norman Osborn / Green Goblin

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3) Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Felicia Hardy / Black Cat

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4) Laurence Fishburne as Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus 

Originally posted by sirenja-and-the-stag

5) Sophie Turner as Gwen Stacy 

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6) Naomi Scott as Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman 

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7) Ken Jeong OR Aasif Mandvi as J. Jonah Jameson 

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8) Emma Stone returns but as Betty Brant

Originally posted by suicide-girl-broken-alone

9) Mark Strong as Uncle Ben 

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10) Rory McCann as Kraven the Hunter 

Originally posted by vampkhaleesi

11) Lin Shaye as Madame Web 

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12) Elijah Wood as Cletus Kasady / Carnage 

(Watch Sin City and some of his horror films. This guy can pull it off)

Originally posted by gollumjuice

13) Joe Keery as Eddie Brock Jr. / Venom 

Originally posted by hologramarcadeblaze

14) Celina Jade as Cindy Moon / Silk

(Only one that came to mind, to be honest. If anyone has any other suggestions, I’m all ears)

Originally posted by ms-jully

15) Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst return as Richard and Mary Parker

Originally posted by assofourlife

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16) Andrew Garfield cameos as the guy who shot Uncle Ben 

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

17) Becky G as Anya Corazon 

Originally posted by kevinkeller

18) Yvonne Strahovski as Silver Sable 

Originally posted by dexterfuckingmorgan

19) Caleb McLaughlin as Miles Morales / The Ultimate Spider-Man 

Originally posted by ethan-chandlr

20) Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Robbie Robertson 

Originally posted by chatnoirs-baton

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Hey, after all the times I screwed up and you two were there for me? It’s the least I can do.