Here is Spider-Man for Marvel Crisis Protocol. This one is Miles Morales (the core box Spider-Man is Peter Parker) and so, due to the way that roster-building works in MCP I could have both Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) in the same team as they have different ‘real’ names. Spider-Man is really dynamic and the rules fit the character well. He can move a long way, has a web-swinging superpower to move further, and does more damage on his builder attack if he moves first as he uses his momentum to smash into baddies. Unusually, Spider-Man has an ability to make enemies drop mission tokens using his spender attack; normally this can only be done by dazing or KOing them. Finally, Spider-Man is one of the leaders of the Web Warriors affiliation which gives him an extra role when it comes to team building.
I have to admit that I thought I’d hate painting Spider-Man as the webs on his suit are really fiddly to work with. But I resigned myself to doing it very slowly and patiently and in the end I’m really pleased with the result. There is certainly something very cool about the black and red costume. I think that the box he’s very athletically vaulting is a newspaper dispenser of a kind that doesn’t really exist in my country. I assume that it isn’t normally found in the middle of roads but I’m limited by the bases provided and ultimately in a game of magic people throwing each other into cars I don’t bother too much about what looks realistic.
I had not been aware of Miles Morales as a character until I took my son to see Into The Spider-Verse a few years ago and was delighted by the character and indeed the whole film. I loved that Miles has similar anxieties about growing up to Peter Parker but without just being the same person. And the ‘leap of faith’ scene is one of my favourite superhero film moments.
Next on the painting table: Ghost-Spider.