"The odd thing about the lack of an ending is that the Spider-Man story explores an idea (the nature of responsibility) and boasts a narrative framework (a young guy growing up) that would absolutely suggest an ending of some sort. I think it’s the superhero stuff that gets in the way of that ever happening. One, it’s hard for me to imagine someone taking full responsibility by being 48 years old and swinging around making wisecracks and punching Electro. Two, if you go the other direction, you have to sell fans that love the character as an underdog superhero, fans that love underdogs and really love superheroes, that becoming the fourth scientist on a team at Stark Labs or wherever (in fact, I seem to recall they did something like this once) and raising a couple of kids and being in love with his wife and coaching little league is a great thing rather than a terrible, depressing one."
— It’s meant as part of an homage but Tom Spurgeon pretty much nails why I don’t like Spider-Man as a character and think that he’s been close to unworkable since the early ’70s.