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On December 17, 2021 Spider-Man No Way Home He had the opportunity to go down in cinema history, but he let it pass. Let’s see, not “go down in history” according to the canons of Martin Scorsese, obviously. But he had the opportunity to do it for the same reason that the series of The Simpson made history two years ago in television history: for making a meme (the pointing Spider-Man meme) come true in a meta exercise, no, the following. In the case of The Simpson it was for using the ‘Homer disappearing into the bushes’ meme within the show’s storyline on purpose, fully aware that they were using a meme (and that meme, at that). You know that meme you’ve been using since 2011 where Spider-Man points at Spider-Man, the famous ‘spiderman pointing’ meme? By bringing together the three Spider-Man of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire, he was about to work the miracle: there was the surprise, there was the juxtaposition of Spider-man, but the pointing fingers and the meme consciousness were missing. The meme in the form of a meme has had to wait until today, when Marvel and Sony have shown that they had not forgotten the fans and their expectations:
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Was it really necessary to reproduce the meme? Since the beginning of 2021, fake after fake disguised as an alleged leak of the film’s shooting Spider-Man No Way Home The hope of many fans was fueled that the imminent multiverse would make said meme a reality. The images, which were mostly renders of a Spidey video game, were posed as footage from the shoot: all of them reproduced the scene of the meme on purpose. But the fact that the networks were filled with fakes did not prevent the question from being asked: What if Spider-Man No Way Home embraced the meme and incorporated it into the film? Technically Marvel and Sony had already incorporated it into Spider-Man: A New Universe in his post credits:
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However, Spider-Man: No way home technically he brought us all three Spider-man, put them together, but there was no meme. To truly make history, the meme should have been used as a meme in the movie; It should have fit into the plot: there is a multiverse, there is a multiplicity of Spider-Man and the meme is born in the cinematic universe and is used by Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. That would have been his thing to make history. There is another option. The meme should have exactly reproduced the scene from the episode of the Spider-Man cartoon series that aired on January 13, 1968 and in which Spider-Man pointed to Charles Cameo (eye, not to be confused with the Chameleon and the six Sinister Spider-Man) transformed into Spider-Man not knowing at the time that it was the Cameo. What it would have been like to curl the loop is that Cameo had appeared disguised as Peter Parker and Marvel had played the trick of Ralph Bohner (because it would only be Cameo, not Chameleon) subverted our expectations and would have really given us a carbon copy of the meme in the big screen. By the way, these were the false memes that fans spread on networks (we have not invented it to justify this article):
Where does the spiderman pointing meme come from?
While we’re at it, let’s do a brief history of the meme. Although it was born in 2011, as collected by Know Your Meme, the platform dedicated to following the trail of memes, it was not until 2017 that it became a regular template for users. The first ‘official’ meme began in the United States with this particular phrase: “When your partner starts talking like you” and is dated March 10, 2017. Actually, you have to frame the popularity of the meme with the resurrection in theaters of Spider-Man in Homecoming, released that same year that brought Spidey back into the public conversation, and also to the traction that Twitter gained after the 2016 US elections, a time when the social network was on the tightrope. We tell you this.
Of course it’s not the only popular Spider-Man meme. There is a long list, including ‘Dear Diary’, but none have been able to appeal to the popular imagination like this one. To the point that Marvel decided to make it canon… well, sort of. Six years ago, in the comic book collection Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew fights alongside different versions of the Spider-Man Universe from different Earths, including Spider-Gwen and Captain Jessica, a pirate version of herself. When the story closes, each and every one of them having returned to their respective Earths, Spider-Woman meets Captain Marvel, who asks her: “In a room full of Spider-Man, how do you run a Spider-Woman?” -Man to another Spider-Man? Jessica, as she gobbles down a donut, replies, “pointing a lot.”
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