12-year-old Aaron Clinton was a child “obsessed with Spider-Man,” according to his mother. He was so enthralled by the superhero that he tried to actually be the web-slinger, jumping out of the sixth story window of his apartment. Aaron’s mother blames the Spider-Man franchise for her son’s untimely death, claiming that obsessions with Spider-Man made children like him, and others around the world, believe they can be superheroes. Her exact statement is as follows:
“After seeing that movie yesterday, he became obsessed with Spider-Man and has been only been talking about him since he saw the movie. It’s all Marvel’s fault for making kids think they can be superheroes.”
Aaron’s mother is suing for a crisp $50 million. The lawsuit was filed only three hours after Aaron’s death.
This news isn’t so odd, surprisingly. When trying to do more research into Aaron’s unfortunate death, it turned out many kids have jumped out of buildings in an attempt to be Spider-Man.
It’s unfortunate that such a storied and iconic franchise like that of Spider-Man is convincing kids that they can do things they never dreamed of. Well, it’s a good lesson to teach, except they should hopefully understand that that doesn’t necessarily mean developing superpowers.