You Broke My Heart, Spider Man

As a longtime lover of movies, video games, and superheroes, many of us have grown accustomed to seeing a few popular plot devices and narrative tropes reused and recycled in various ways, sometimes working, sometimes not. In particular, some are rather fascinating such as how a hero’s journey not only begins, but also in how it progresses. Despite the staggering amount of different heroes that exist in today’s world of movies, comics, novels, and video games, these heroes often come with a few common traits which, while being presented in different ways, essentially boil down to the same basic plot points. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the recently-released sequel to 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man reboot, attempted to once again recycle the idea of a hero sacrificing something they care about for the greater good, but instead ruined the entire rest of the movie in doing so.

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