Okay, so I've never been a huge fan of Spider-Man, but I have loved the messages presented in all three of the Spider-Man movies. I just saw the third one last night with my dad, and I have to admit that I thought it was probably my least favorite of the three. It's a good movie, but not without it's faults. I won't get into all that, but I will discuss the message presented in that movie, as I saw it.
The overlying message was that "With great power comes great responsibility." In the movie, virtually every character is given some new power, authority, or prominence. What each one does with this new power determines the outcomes of their lives. Basically, they all choose to abuse their powers, and to do wrong rather than right. And in the end, some choose good, while others forcibly and eagerly choose bad. I felt that the movie really did do a great job of showing how in real life, we all have a choice in what we do. We can either run towards what is right and good, or we can plummet towards what is wrong and bad. To quote another movie for a moment, I love the phrase by the character Vesper Lynd in the newest Bond movie Casino Royale, "Just because you've done something, doesn't mean you have to keep doing it." That's so true. We are all given a choice in what we do in life. We can be good, responsible people, or we can be bad, irresponsible people. Our actions always have their consequences. Some consequences are good, while others can be so horribly devastating. And the biggest point is that it's never too late to turn back. All people are redeemable. We can always stop and turn back, before everything in our lives and in the lives of those around us is destroyed or ruined.
Probably the best thing about this newest Spider-Man movie was the ending--to see the choices they each made. I won't reveal those choices right now, for fear of giving away the ending for those who still haven't seen it, but it was very real life, and proved how turning back, forgiving, and choosing love over hatred can really lead you to a far better place than the other way around. We always have a choice in what we do.