When Peter Parker got bit by that radioactive spider, he acquired super strength and the ability to climb walls. No, he did not gain the ability to shoot webs out of his body. He invented his own web shooters and web fluid. I love Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, but I believe that Peter’s intelligence is invaluable to his character. The most important ability that Peter gained is Spidey-Sense; a hyper-awareness that allows him to sense danger in time for him to react. Sometimes this is as simple as catching a high school classmate as they’re slipping, or digging the Green Goblin’s glider before it can impale him in the back.
While Spidey-Sense usually manifests itself as a warning of immediate physical danger, I like to believe that the power could warn of more existential worries and threats. Does Peter Parker have to deal with a constant heightened awareness of his own mortality? Does it go off when he worries about getting a job? When I think of this version of the power, I’m convinced that Spidey-Sense is a very real power that we’re all cursed with.
As we all know, with great power, comes great responsibility. The worst part of our Spidey-Sense is that almost all of us don’t get to enjoy the ridiculously cool parts about being Spider-Man, just the existential dread of death and real-world worry. We just have to live through the torment of self-awareness; the worst power ever.