Spider-Man Suit

Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) is a fictional Marvel Comics superhero. The writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko conceived of the character as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben. The Spider-Man series broke ground by featuring Peter Parker, a teenage high school student to whose “self-obsessions with rejection, inadequacy, and loneliness,” young readers could relate to. Spider-Man had to learn for himself that “with great power there must also come great responsibility”—later retroactively attributed to his guardian, the late Uncle Ben.

The owner of the Spider-Man suit is, none other than our beloved Hyung-kyu (aka Ding Dong). In episode 10, Ding Dong is told by Ae-jung to get ready for his picnic the next day. He declares that he will wear what she bought for him, and jumps out in front of Ae-jung and Dokko donning the Spider-Man suit. Dokko can’t help but to laugh out loud at him, which in turn, dampens Ding Dong’s excitement and embarrasses him.

Ae-jung reprimands Dokko, and he realizes that he hurt Ding Dong’s feelings. He tells him that confidence is what will separate Spider-Man from just an average spider, encouraging him to show him what he’s got. Ding Dong musters up his confidence, and shouts “Spider-Man!” Dokko introduces himself as Iron Man, and they happily eat the kimbap that Ae-jung has made.

We see the suit again in episode 11. Ding Dong witnesses Ae-jung sob while deciding to let go of Dokko and recycle her purple sneakers. He can’t help but to cry silently as he sees his aunt sad and conflicted.

The next day, Pil-joo finds Ding Dong digging in the recycling bin. He tells Pil-joo that he needs to “save” something that his aunt threw away, and asks for help. Pil-joo finds the shoes first, and warns Ding Dong that his aunt won’t be pleased if he takes what she threw away back to her. Ding Dong objects that his aunt cried while throwing it out, meaning she didn’t throw it away because she didn’t like it. At home, he takes it upon himself to wash the sneakers by hand and sets them to dry.

Ding Dong’s Spider-Man suit reminds us that Ding Dong is Ae-jung and Dokko’s personal superhero, who caught onto their feelings for each other early, and has been rooting for them ever since. He constantly reveals the nature of their relationship to those who doubt it, and plays middle man for them. The first appearance of the suit is its introduction, while the second appearance of it is him owning up to his responsibility in being their personal hero.

— celest1al


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