4Peter Parker Keeping His Secret Identity from Friends and Family in Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2
All superheroes want to keep their identity a secret (unless they're one of the Avengers, in which case it doesn't seem to matter). Spider-Man is no different. He wants to keep his life as Peter Parker separate to spare vengeful, inciting attacks on his friends and family.
Peter turns Mary Jane down at the end of the first film because he knows that to be with her would expose her to his self-spun web of constant mortal danger.
And not because she tried to make out with him in a goddamned graveyard.
Peter continues to deflect her throughout the second film, even as she parades a wedding to some spacedouche in front of his face, until he finally just tells her that he's really Spider-Man. Even with that out of the way, he still fights her, saying, "If my enemies found out about you ... if you got hurt, I could never forgive myself."
It sucks, but it makes sense, right?
Actually no, it makes the complete opposite of sense. You see, while Parker doesn't publicly reveal himself as Spider-Man, he does admit to being Spider-Man's friend and "personal photographer," a title that covers exactly as much ground as you care to allow it.
"No one will guess I'm secretly a stupid kid."
We now ask you this -- what, to a hostage-taking supervillain, is the difference between being a superhero and being a superhero's friend? If you don't want your friends to be in danger because you are Spider-Man, it's not really a great plan to go around announcing that Spider-Man is a friend of yours. That's actually worse than just coming out as Spider-Man, because if everyone knew you were Spider-Man, no one would dare fuck with you or anyone in your general vicinity without expecting a full-on superpowered melee. However, if the bad guys think you're just another ransom note in the making, you are spreading a big fat target over yourself and everyone you care about.
"Mary Jane! I swear this is the last climactic battle you'll be involved in!"
Peter Parker's friends and family get attacked in both movies for this explicit reason. Remember when Dr. Octopus hurls that car at Peter and Mary Jane while Peter is busy stutter-mumbling his way out of guaranteed sex? Doc Ock isn't doing that because he knows that Peter is Spider-Man -- he's doing it because he knows that Peter is friends with Spider-Man. Keeping his identity secret doesn't help anyone if he singles out himself, Peter Parker, as a viable target. In fact, in that case it would be better if he told Mary Jane and Aunt May he was Spider-Man so they wouldn't be totally confused by all the maniacs that ambush them.
3Covering Up Five Virus-Infected Bodies in The X-Files Movie
The first X-Files movie saw Mulder and Scully reassigned to standard FBI assignments that had nothing to do with aliens or monsters, because for some reason the filmmakers thought that's what we wanted to see. The film begins with the two agents investigating a bomb threat in Dallas, and by pure chance they find the bomb in a building across the street from the intended target.
Mulder and Scully, drawing from years of training, call in an explosives expert, who evacuates everyone from the building and then just kind of sits there and lets the bomb explode in his face.
"... 16, 23, 42 ... dammit, that usually works."
Mulder and Scully decide to investigate and discover that, despite the evacuation, five bodies were found in the rubble of the destroyed building -- four firemen and one little boy.
As it turns out, the U.S. government planted those five bodies in the explosion to cover up the extraterrestrial viral infection that had actually killed them. The discovery of the bodies leads Mulder and Scully to a vast global conspiracy, which they thwart in time for the X-Files to be re-opened for Season 6.
Otherwise known as "the last season Duchovny didn't phone it in."
Let's take another look at this evil plan:
The film opens with the little boy and four firemen being exposed to the alien virus in a small town in Texas. The shadow government then sweeps in and secrets them away. After the five unfortunate victims die, the government decides to cover them up -- again, to preserve secrecy at all costs.
And so, their big idea to make the whole incident disappear is to blow up a fucking building in the middle of Dallas.
But don't tell anyone -- it's a secret.
Here's the thing -- aside from family and friends, nobody knows who those five people are. They aren't celebrities, they aren't foreign dignitaries -- they're just four civil servants and some anonymous kid. All the government needed to do was get rid of the bodies and they would've just sat on a missing persons list for the rest of time. Just, you know, dig a hole. Or dump them into the ocean like Megatron.
The whole point is to keep this information a secret, so why attract the attention of everyone in the nation by blowing up a building in the middle of a major city and stashing the bodies in the debris? They could've rented a wood chipper and a shark tank and been done with it. Mulder and Scully would still be investigating vibrating packages at the airport.