Over the years, Spider-Man has regularly fought the Chameleon, Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Beetle, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture. What are the odds that so many of his supervillains would be animal-themed?
At first, you would assume it's simply a gimmick. The X-Men fight mutants, Wonder Woman battles mythical creatures, and so on and so forth. Since each rogue gallery tends to have a theme, it was decided that Spider-Man would fight animal-based villains. No need to overanalyse it, right?
However, there is an actual answer and it's way more complicated than you would imagine. A man with spider-powers called Ezekiel Sims informed Peter Parker that he is a Totem. In Native American mythology, tribesman built totem poles made of a stack of animals to draw power from them. The poles are stacked so the animal at the top is the strongest and the one at the bottom is the weakest.
Since Spider-Man is one of the world's greatest superheroes, he is considered a top Totem. Lower Totems like Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture are instinctively drawn to the web-slinger to knock him off his pedestal so they can become the highest in the totemic hierarchy.
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