Wednesday is one Netflix’s most popular shows ever. News of its renewal for season two a surprise to no one. There’s a lot to love about it, maybe most of all Wednesday’s awkward dance scene in episode four. It’s one of the most talked about moments of the series, so how did it take us so long to notice that it bears a striking resemblance to another dark dance number? Yes, we’re talking about the infamous Spider-Man 3 jazz club sequence. Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker feels both confident and emo after his brush with Venom. And of course the only way to express himself is to hip-thrust and finger-snap his way around town. The mashup video below imagines Wednesday Addams and Peter Parker dancing together instead of on their own and it’s pitch perfect.
It tracks that an emo Peter Parker and a slightly happier Wednesday Addams have something in common when it comes to their dance moves. Though she would never be caught dead uttering “Now dig on this” while strutting her stuff. Peter, on the other hand, just can’t help himself. While he gets down to the James Brown song “People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul,” Wednesday’s rug-cutting is set to “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps. The mashup above instead bops to a remix of Lady Gaga’s “Bloody Mary.” The song became a fan favorite for those emulating Wednesday’s dance on social media, including a TikTok of Mother Monster herself trying out the moves.
We may never rid ourselves of the memory of Spider-Man 3‘s infamous gyrations. And now Wednesday will likely go down in the same history book. Both inspire the masses. There have been many fan edits of the cringey Spidey dance over the years. There’s a dance-off with Matt Smith’s character in Morbius and even a stop-motion version of it.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.