M-Net Movies celebrate 60 years of 'Spider-Man'

BY: Graphic Showbiz
60 years of Spider-Man on M-Net Movies

SPIDER-MAN is 60 years and M-Net Movies is marking the milestone with nine Spider-Man movies from Sony Pictures over the course of 10 days.

The movies will show from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, October 2, on a dedicated pop-up movie channel (DStv 111) available to premium customers, streaming on DStv Now and dangling around on DStv Catch Up.

Since his debut as a sidekick in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy #15 anthology comic book in August 1962, Peter Parker has grown from a high school student to troubled college student.

And from married high school teacher to single freelance photographer but his mantra that with great power, comes great responsibility has been a constant as he’s used his web-shooters and ‘Spidey senses’ to save the day for six decades.

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Starting in 2002 with the most recent instalment in 2021, M-Net Movies bring viewers the nine Spider-Man films which include eight live-action blockbusters and one animated hit:

• Spider-Man (2002)
Average teenager Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is transformed into an extraordinary superhero after he is accidentally bitten by a radioactive spider.

When his beloved uncle is savagely murdered during a robbery, young Peter vows to use his powers to avenge his death.

• Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Based on the classic Marvel Comics hero, Tobey Maguire returns as the mild-mannered Peter Parker, who is juggling the delicate balance of his dual life as college student and a superhuman crime fighter.

Peter's life becomes even more complicated when he confronts a new nemesis, the brilliant Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) who has been reincarnated as the maniacal and multi-tentacled ‘Doc Ock’.

• Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania!

But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man's suit black, his darkest demons come to light, changing Spider-Man inside as well as out.

• The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
A teenage Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man.

• The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone).

But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than himself.

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• Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging Superhero.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine, distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.

But when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

• Spider-Man: Far From Home (2018)
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighbourhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation.

However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks.

• Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a ground-breaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

• Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
For the first time in the history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero's identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about, most at risk.

When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe.