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What can we learn from Spider-Man?

Join us for our Free Summer Movie series from Wednesday, July 3 to Tuesday, August 6. Movies include Captain America, The First AvengerFinding Nemo; Ernest and CelestineSpider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseMary Poppins Returns; and Incredibles 2. 

All of these movies embody important lessons for both adults and children. One of the most recent releases, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, does an astounding job of conveying different themes and lessons that are beneficial for people of all ages.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask. Join Morales on his journey as he becomes Spider-Man, and joins forces with Spider-men and Spider-women from other dimensions to stop Kingpin Wilson Fisk, and his terrible henchmen—including Green Goblin, Scorpion, and Tombstone—from destroying New York City. The film has been praised for its edge-cutting animation, as well as its inclusion of minority groups. In addition to representing people of color in a new light, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has so many important themes that can serve as meaningful conversation starters and lesson for children. 

DEALING WITH LOSING SOMEONE YOU LOVE

Morales witnesses the death of two important people, and the film shows how he handles these deaths. Death can be hard for many people, especially children, to comprehend and deal with. The film does a good job at showing people how to cope with losing someone they love.

THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

Throughout the movie, there was a lot of teamwork between the characters from the Spider-Verse, including older Peter Parker, Spider-Woman, 1930s-styled Spider-Man Noir, an anime version “Peni Parker,” Spider-Ham “Peter Porker,” and Morales. Each Spider-Man and Spider-Women came together and gave their all to defeat Fisk and the other bad guys.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTORING

The film demonstrates how everyone can influence and be an inspiration to someone no matter their age. Morales has several mentors throughout the films, including the older Spider-Man—who shows Morales how to be the best Spider-Man he can be; Uncle Aaron—who Morales goes to confide in; and his father—who wants to keep Morales safe and make sure he experience his fullest potential in life.

All of the movies from our Free Summer Movie series have vital themes and lessons that are aimed at people of all ages. Join us at The State on Wednesday, July 3 to see Captain America, The First Avenger; Tuesday, July 9 to see Finding Nemo; Tuesday, July 16 to see Ernest and Celestine; Tuesday, July 23 to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Tuesday, July 30 to see Mary Poppins Returns; and Tuesday, August 6 to see Incredibles 2

By Darasia Bratton
 

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