Yep. I figured it'd be fun to put together a list of the twenty most over-done and over-played things in Spidey-comics.
A neat little list, wherein we put good examples and such, for ease of use not just for us, but perhaps for any potential lurking writer or ARTIST as well.
Now then... shall we begin?
1. Too many villains in Green.
Something that has somehow become a staple of Spidey, is that nearly every single one of his enemies utilize the colour GREEN as a big motife in their design, supposedly to off-set nicely against his red and blues.
Well, enough with that! It's neat and all, for the arc-nemesis, but now he's already got tons of those! Use some other colour.
The list of villains include: Sand-man, Green Goblin, Dr Octopus, Jackal, Lizard, Digger, Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Scorpion, Beetle, the list goes on and on, and on and on...
2. Too many Goblins!
Indeed, the Green Goblin is Spidey's arch-nemesis, but that does not mean we need more and more versions of him! Does the Joker have 20 different copies?? Lex Luthor? NO! As such, there is no need to ever create any more Goblins.
Hobgoblin 1, Hobgoblin 2, Hobgoblin 3, Demo-Goblin, Menace, the list goes on...
3. Too many Symbiotes!
The third arch-nemesis of Spidey, after the Goblin and Ock, is Venom. HOWEVER, that does not mean that we need 50 other symbiote enemies! Enough with the Symbiotes already!
4. Spider-man saving or failing to save someone from falling off a bridge
We all know this one, the Night Gwen Stacy Died, is a heart-felt and powerful story, one of the defining ones in superhero comic-fiction, but it doesn't need to be homaged a 100 and 1 times. Cue the inevitable scene in Amazing Spider-man part 3... ( alas, there it might actually be interesting, to finally see the death, on-screen.)
5. Spider-Man being trapped under a tremendous amount of rubble
Another classic, another thing we need not see again. The original will still always be the best.
6. Spider-man quits being Spidey!
"Spider-man no more" is a classic, but every time it's redone, it cheapens the original story. By now, Parker should know that the world needs Spider-man, and no matter what, he has to drag himself back up in the saddle, and continue the battle.
7. "The shock of Aunt May knowing I'm spidey may kill her!" - and other Aunt May brushes with death.
May Parker is old and sickly, we know this, but they need not play this card again, and again, and again... In fact, for a while we didn't see any stories like this, and to my knowledge they're kept to a minimum these days. Let's keep it that way.
8. My Spider-Sense Doesn't Work!
Need to add more tension to a scene? Want to make your villain a bigger threat? Then just find a way to diffuse Spidey's spider-sense! You can do it with a gas, a potion, or an electronic device. Heck, you don't even really need an explanation, just have Pete say "I guess my spider-sense doesn't work on him!" (see: Venom)
9. I'm out of web fluid!
Very often, we have the recurring theme of Spidey failing to stop a foe, or getting into unnecessary danger, because he has run out of web-fluid.
Help me fill out the rest, folks! =)