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Published:February 8th, 2008 08:49 EST
Two Marvel Knights are on the List of Movie Heroes

Two Marvel Knights are on the List of Movie Heroes

By Garrett Godwin

"You sure you're on the right side?"

He has claws of steel and animal magnetism, yet he remains a mystery to others-- even himself.  His name is Wolverine, member of the X-Men-- and you don't want to get on his bad side.

Hugh Jackman brought this character to life on screen in three X-Men films since 2000, as Wolverine made the list of Total Film Magazine's list of Heroes & Villains at number 16.

Having the characterstics of an anti-hero, Wolverine always remains at odds with himself and the world.  At first, he wasn't interested in being involved with the X-Men in their fight against Magneto, nor with Professor X's mission to bring harmony and co-existence between mutants and humans.  All Wolverine wanted was to find out who he is, where he comes from, and how/why he became a mutant. 

But throughout the X-Men film series, Wolverine slowly becomes a formidable ally, willing to sacrifice his life for his new friends.  He grows close to Rogue, becoming both friend and mentor and develops romantic feelings for Dr. Jean Grey, leading to a rivalry with her boyfriend, Scott Summers, aka Cyclops.

Despite his rough and gruff exterior and his being at odds with his teammates, Wolverine has his code of loyalty and honor.  Though a guy's guy and a bad boy, Wolverine rediscovers his lost humanity and, with Professor X, a sense of purpose and belonging, as well as a new family.

"With great comes greater responsibility."

Bitten by a radioactive spider, young Peter Parker becomes the crime-fighting web-slinger known as Spider-Man.

Tobey Maguire brought both innocence and realism into everyone's favorite neighborhood wall-crawler, who is number seven on the list.

The classic, reluctant hero, what makes Spider-Man popular with comic book readers is that we can relate to him and understand what he is going through.  Peter Parker never wanted to be Spider-Man or ask to be a hero; it is a duty that has chosen him.  He is flawed because he is full of angst and self-doubt, always conflicted between his duties of Spider-Man and his desire for a normal life.  Peter feels obligated to become Spider-Man due to his failure to save his beloved Uncle Ben, leaving him with gulit and regret.  Now, Peter vows to make sure that it will never happen again to someone else-- for this is his gift, his curse and now his destiny.

Who is Peter Parker?  He is Spider-Man.

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