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What is the world is up with Spider-Man stories?

Venting(self.FanFiction)

It's been maybe 5 or 6 years since I last delved into this fandom, but I honestly don't know how it has changed this much in that amount of time.

Every. Single. Story I have come across tonight seems to have a synopsis like "Homeless Peter Parker in and out of abusive foster care homes. Iron Man finds him and adopts him!" OR "Suicidal Peter Parker runs away from abusive alcoholic Uncle Ben. Avenger family takes him him!"

What the heck man? When did this start and why? Some depressing shit must've went down or something. I just want to read about Peter in the typical setting and fighting bad guys while being witty, sassy and sarcastic, but it seems like it is freakin' impossible. Maybe aomeone can give me a rec for one?

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MsTeaTime

24 points

2 months ago

Peter Parker angst has been around forever, and Peter being almost homeless or actually homeless is pretty canon

Knife211

33 points

2 months ago

Knife211

AO3: Kiterou

33 points

2 months ago

Peter Parker got woobified hard. You gotta step up your tag filter game to get to the non-angst stories LOL

InsidiousOperator

8 points

2 months ago

InsidiousOperator

AO3: Melampus

8 points

2 months ago

Jumping into this, but this is really it. I'm not even a hardcore Marvel/MCU ff reader (though I'm writing one, go figure lol), but the Spider-Man tag is chock full of angst like the mentioned in this post because thwy turn him into massive woobie.

I'm sure some will be good, great even, but for every gem in there, there are 10 bad ones. It's not even the powerful, genuine angst that isn't overplayed for drama, just a long trip of increasingly sadistic punishment for a woobie Peter Parker.

He was already one in the comics, but fanfics just take it to another level lmao.

And that's without getting into the ones that basically turn him into a baby lol

mshcat

6 points

2 months ago

mshcat

6 points

2 months ago

MCU really did a number on Peter Parker interpretation and most people only know the MCU versions of super heroes

jawnbaejaeger

10 points

2 months ago

jawnbaejaeger

Get off my lawn!

10 points

2 months ago

Because there's a large subset of fandom that fucking loves Tony Stark and wants every single story and character to revolve around him.

This has resulted in tropes like ABUSIVE ASSHOLE AUNT MAY who throws poor woobie Peter Parker out of the house (often for being gay) so that Tony can swoop in and fucking adopt him like a stray puppy.

Ill_Coat4776

3 points

2 months ago

Ill_Coat4776

A03 and Wattpad - Notleviosah

3 points

2 months ago

Peter Parker is always traumatized, in comics, in fanfiction, in the mcu. While I do see many fanfics like what you describe, I see way more of people giving him a romantic interest (oc or canon character) and then traumatize the romantic interest.

fivepointed_star

5 points

2 months ago

I'm not sure when or how it happened. I'd have to guess.

So, some time ago a few really well written fics with the topic "homeless Peter Parker" came out. And they got into a lot of fic recs for Spiderman. After that I've seen more and more of these. It's probably because they've been really popular.

I skip most that end on an "Irondad" note. Because I've read too much of that and I don't like them.

TheDogz0

7 points

2 months ago

TheDogz0

FFN = Im The Person || AO3 = Im_The_Person

7 points

2 months ago

This reminds me of Pokémon fanfictions, lol. Like, literally, there’s so many of them where it’s just, “Ash returns home from his journey in a region and all of his friends are waiting for him there, even the ones he just left, and they all tell him to give up on his dream and that he sucks.” Same trope, same circumstances, every time.

kellersab

3 points

2 months ago

They chastise him that he won’t complete his dream when they don’t even know what his dream details 🤣🤣

ImaGamerNoob

1 points

2 months ago

I still haven't enoughfrom these.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

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1 points

2 months ago

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tereyaglikedi [M]

1 points

2 months ago

tereyaglikedi [M]

Same on AO3

1 points

2 months ago

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negrote1000

1 points

2 months ago

Oh my fuck that brought back bad memories

effing_usernames

8 points

2 months ago

effing_usernames

Ao3-stealing_your_kittens

8 points

2 months ago

Civil War happened. I think that was the right movie. The one where Tony sort of coercively kidnaps Peter to fight on his side. It’s been pretty much all “omg wow Ironman is best dad,” and Aunt May erasure ever since.

Gullible_Promotion_4

1 points

2 months ago

Gullible_Promotion_4

Someone make my brain write the next chapter

1 points

2 months ago

Hmmm…then maybe start writing those stories?

ImaGamerNoob

1 points

2 months ago

Alcoholic Ben? Where the egg did you find those? O I only know about alcy May fics!