5 Times Spider-Man Invaded Pop Culture and It Was Amazing

Brian Linder
Comics Marvel
Comics Marvel TV

Spider-Man is a fan of pop culture — you can see some of Peter Parker’s movie-inspired toys in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Likewise, pop culture is a fan of Spider-Man. The iconic Marvel character has been a fixture in comics, movies and TV for ages. And there’s been no shortage of homages and references to Spidey in pop culture. Here are five Spider-man references that are legit amazing

That time the Ramones covered the Spider-Man theme song.

The legendary theme song to the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon will never NOT be the thing that pops into your head when you think of Spider-Man. It’s been covered numerous times. Michael Buble, Aerosmith, Brian May and others have taken a stab at it. But the standout version is by the Ramones which was initially released as a hidden track on the vinyl version of their 1995 album “¡Adios Amigos!

When Seth and Summer upside-down kissed like Peter and Mary Jane.

That upside-down kiss shared by Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker and Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane in 2002’s Spider-Man is a truly iconic moment in the franchise that’s seen countless pop culture callbacks. The best recreation of the inverted snog is from the The O.C. episode, “The Rainy Day Women,” where Seth and Summer finally get back together with an epic Spidey-inspired smooch.

J. Jonah Jameson was on The Simpsons and it was hilarious.

J. Jonah Jameson is the longtime publisher of The Daily Bugle, seen in Spider-Man comics various live-action iterations of the franchise.  The legendary loudmouth is known for barking orders at his staff, like freelance photographer Peter Parker. This hilarious send-up of Jameson comes from the brilliant “Moe’N’a Lisa” episode of The Simpsons in which Jameson approves Moe’s poetry while screaming that he needs more photos of Spider-man.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #1 is the perfect Spider-man comics homage.

Todd McFarlane is the creator of Spawn and a comic book legend. Having been a star Marvel artist during the 1990s, McFarlane paid homage to 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man #1 cover by Joe Quesada with his cover for  Spawn #1 25th Anniversary Editon. On the cover, Spawn swings through the cityscape using his trademark chain instead of a spiderweb. We may never get another Todd McFarlane Marvel cover, but this is close enough. The only problem? McFarlane misattributed the cover to another artist and not Quesada.

Toy Monster is the biggest Spider-man sensation on YouTube.

Toy Monster have racked up over a billion and a half views with their IRL-style superhero and villain character mashup videos. The family-friendly YouTube channel is the place to find your favorite comic book and Disney characters in everyday situations. So, what’s the appeal? You never know when your favorite character, like Spider-man, will make an appearance. Is it really all that amazing? Well, excluding Spidey-themed “surprise egg” videos, the clip above with Spider-man, Elsa and the Joker is literally the most popular Spider-man video on all of YouTube. Your argument is invalid.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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