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Spider-Man Across The Spider-Verse: Miles’ decision dilemma.

The second film surrounding the Spider-Verse pushes Miles Morales into a Moral Dilemma. To trust yourself or follow your Spider Senses? Which voice do you listen to?


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As Gwen Stacy pulls Miles Morales into the Spider-Man Multiverse to meet with an elite crew with all the best Spider-People, called the Spider Society, Miles is faced with new challenges about who he really is. 

Miguel O’Hara / Spider-Man 2099
Photo via The Mary Sue

Their leader, Miguel O’Hara (a.k.a alternate universe Spider-Man 2099), is a logical and stone-faced Spider-Man with much advice for Miles.

“He is such a good leader.” Gwen Stacy believes.

However, when a threat arises, the Spider Society is split into two schools of thought. One led by leader Miguel and the other, new recruit Miles!

“You have a choice between saving one person and saving everyone.” advises Miguel O’Hara.

Making choices is never easy. Which subject to take, which school to choose, which job to apply, can be daunting for some of us. What guides you in the decision making will influence the final choice you make.

Photo via IMDb

Your Internal Voice

In the first film, we saw how doubt bred anxiety in the young man.

Miguel: “Being spiderman is a sacrifice.”

Miles: “I can do both. Spider-Man always-”

Miguel: “Not always.”

Now Miles is forced into over-coming that self-doubt and making some really hard decisions. With his entire idea of being a hero thrown into contention, Miles faces different Spider-Verse versions of himself, with contrasting reasonings about what decision to make. What we tell ourselves weighs in on our self-belief and can throw our confidence out the window.

Sometimes, distorted versions of the truth can cause us to come to the wrong conclusions and decisions.  To know how to identify what are distorted thoughts, click here to check your reasoning against this list.

Gwen meets Miles’ parents
Photo via Screen Rant

External Voices

When you have always been ‘the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man’, and then suddenly you are told that you have been wrong all along, life gets totally disorientated.

Sounds familiar? Like when you’ve been told that that degree is the gateway to a bright future. Then having graduated with honours you don’t get a single acceptance email after sitting through countless interviews. Or when you work very hard to better yourself but are still judged for past mistakes.

The external voices of people around us can have a profound effect on how we view ourselves. The Looking Glass Self is a concept that explains how we end up believing what society, peers and significant others say about us.

While we hold onto the version of the self that we want to be, it’s also important to identify personal blind-spots.

The thing is this, the story hasn’t ended, a growth mindset helps you move past disappointment to write your next chapter.

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Rising above the noise

“Everyone keeps telling me how my story is supposed to go. Nah, Ima do my own thing.” – Miles Morales

If you are caught in that wrong web of lies, stay true to yourself.

Just as Spider-man does it, stay calm and stay high above the noise. Don’t allow those negative comments to distract you. Believe in what you have built into your inner being over all that time of preparation.  Take the next dive when the time is right, and the opportunities are open. Then let the momentum take you to where you are destined to be.

Always remember, that your story is your own and give no one the power to dictate it, not even the leader of the Spider Society.

Here are some spider sense to move forward.

Free yourself from those distorted thoughts

Identifying blind-spots 

Getting past disappointment

Forging your own path 

A growth mindset means we win along the way

Make wise decisions

 

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