The MONOMYTH is, as we have discussed, a narrative template of unusual power and resonance. The idea, which is clearly an ancient one, received its first modern scholarly study in Joseph Campbell's 1949 book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Campbell borrowed the term from Joyce's Finnegans Wake).
You can find more information about Campbell's ideas, and my adaptation of them, by clicking here.
In class yesterday the question was raised: is the SPIDERMAN legend (specifically as we see it in the SPIDERMAN films) a Monomyth? Put another way: is Spiderman a Monomyth hero?
Bear in mind that this question grew out of a previous one: can the 'faithful sidekick' turn into the 'adversary' in a Monomyth narrative?