And sure, one could argue that the genteel Miss Honey, who grew up under the constant abuse of Auntie Trunchbull herself, came out alright. But did she though? Miss Honey doesn’t seem to have anyone else in her life — her only friend is a six and a half year old — and she clearly has some anxiety issues herself. Not to mention that she probably suffers from Stockholm Syndrome. In any case, it’s unwise to make an argument that because one person seemed to have developed into a semi-functioning adult, everyone else will. Wait until all these kids hit puberty. Total carnage.
Wait, Is Peter Parker An Illegal Alien Now?
We won’t say Spider-Man: No Way Home ends all happily — what with Peter Parker having to make the ultimate sacrifice and have all his social media accounts erased. It’s a sad ending, really, as Peter watches his besties MJ and Ned talk about going off to college and living their lives, without him, because they don’t know who the heck he is. When Doctor Strange erased his existence from everyone’s memory, Peter Parker became just another youngin’ roaming the streets of New York in a fancy haircut.
When Strange did his memory-reversal trick, he erased Peter from everyone’s memory. As in everyone — meaning that the kid probably doesn’t have things like a birth certificate or a social security number anymore. We see that he’s studying for a GED because his HS records apparently don’t exist. He made himself a homemade Spidey suit, so we know he doesn’t have access to Stark’s fancy tech, because he has no known identity whatsoever. And yet, we see him move into a small NY apartment. That immediately raises some red flags. Did Peter somehow forge the documents needed to sign a lease? Or does he now have some dodgy landlord wielding power over him since they’re bypassing all the legalities involved? How does he have a bank account? Does Peter have a secret stash of cash buried somewhere in New York?
Some strange questions start popping up once you realize that the identity of Peter Parker has been nullified, and that the young white boy who up until this point was living comfortably with his Aunt May in their spacious New York apartment now has to feel what it’s like for an immigrant without any papers finding themselves in the Big Apple.
Then again, his privilege will probably work in his favor.
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