What do Spider-man and Captain Dash have in common?

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Big data is so much of a revolution that it's like its giving superpowers to users. This is why CaptainDash uses the symbolism of the comic-book superheroes.

With the release of the newest Spider-man movie in theaters this week, we got to thinking about how much this iconic idea appeals to us here at CaptainDash. After all, big data is analogous to great power, and we are responsible for using that power for the good of others. With the astounding amount of data that is both already available and currently being created at a rapid rate, it’s important for those in charge of it to maintain a sense of duty. The goal is to balance individual privacy against an increased degree of personalization. So while the possibilities are great, the entire data industry should always endeavor to use big data for good and take security seriously. Spider-man shares CaptainDash’s desire to help the public, so we dug a bit into his background - we never pass up an opportunity to learn more about our fellow superheroes!

If you’re not familiar by now with the story of the arachnid super-hero that is Spider-man, you’re in the minority. What you may not know though, is that Spider-man is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his first-ever appearance this August. He swung into the superhero universe in a failing comic book in 1962 because creators weren’t sure he would be a commercial success. The webslinger quickly proved them wrong, as his issues were some of Marvel’s highest-selling comics ever.

Since that time, there have been many animated television series featuring everyone’s favorite bug and even one live-action series, but no full-length films were made until ten years ago. Throughout the 80s and 90s, multiple studios attempted to portray Spider-man on the big screen, but they continually faced problems. Some producers and studios didn’t fully understand Peter Parker, the man behind Spider-man; instead, they either found him uninteresting, or they misinterpreted his very nature as a regular guy with superpowers. In many cases, they believed that it would be too difficult to depict his web-slinging skills without advanced special effects and a very large budget. At one point, James Cameron was tasked with writing a script for a Spider-man film and, while the plans were eventually scrapped, he is credited with idea of organic, as opposed to mechanical, web shooters. In the earlier comics, Spider-man was a scientifically-minded teen who created a machine he could attach to his wrists that would shoot webs.

As time went on, lawsuits between companies and creators piled up and the entire idea seemed to be doomed to collect dust. Eventually, however, Sony’s Columbia studio won the rights to Spider-man at the turn of the millennium. This Spider-man movie trilogy, starring Tobey McGuire, was released in theaters in 2002, 2004, and 2007, and proved to be an overall critical and commercial success. A fourth movie was planned for last year, but became entirely too expensive to produce, thanks to inflated cast and crew salaries and script limitations. In the end, Sony decided to completely reboot the series and return to Spider-man’s beginnings. This makes business sense, but it also allows the audience to get a deeper look into Spider-man as a person and superhero. With the new movie The Amazing Spider-man coming to theaters worldwide this week, we will hopefully learn more about Peter Parker’s parents, whose deaths strongly motivate him to use his Spider-man powers for good. At the same time, we will see how he deals with very human problem while simultaneously trying to save New York City from both regular crime and supervillains.

The release of the Spider-man comics ushered in a new era of superhero where superheroes are flawed and saddled with everyday problems that they must balance with their commitment to the safety of society. Spidey, along with the X-men and the Incredible Hulk, sparked a comics revolution that forever changed the public’s experience with superheroes. I would even venture to say that CaptainDash has been a part of a similar point in history - data history, that is! After all, I’m a strong supporter of the data revolution. With great data comes great responsibility.

Are you are Spidey fan? Will you be watching The Amazing Spider-man when it launches this week? How do you think it will compare to the Spider-man representations of the past half-century?

Your friendly neighborhood superhero, CaptainDash