Jul 9, 2017

5 Reasons to Love Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered in theaters this week. This is the first Spider-Man solo movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the sixth Spider-Man movie since 2002. At first I was skeptical with the idea of having another high school Peter Parker, thinking it was no longer necessary since this was already shown during Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man movies. But I was wrong. This movie turned out to be really good, and right now, it's my favorite Spider-Man movie and together with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I consider this as one of the best MCU movies ever.

So here are...

5 Reasons I Love Spider-man: Homecoming
by Migs Acabado

WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS FOLLOW


1. We now have the Peter Parker/Spider-man that we deserve.



When it was announced a couple of years ago that the role of Peter Parker would go to a kid named Tom Holland, I had no idea who he was. But after seeing him as Spider-man in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, I had my hopes that he’d do a terrific version of the web-swinger. And I was right! He is the perfect Peter Parker/Spider-man. Funny, talkative, witty, not too emo (yes, I’m looking at you, Tobey) and fit to look like a high school student (unlike you, Garfield).

2. The movie is basically a live action Ultimate Spider-Man.



From the way Spider-Man talks to his outfit in the final battle, this movie has an Ultimate Spider-Man feel. If you've read Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man run, you’ll notice that there are story arcs where Spider-Man was hardly in his official costume during his battles . In the Geldoff story arc, he used a homemade version of his costume.

His movie best friend, Ned, is obviously based on Miles Morales’ (aka the 2nd Spider-Man) best friend Ganke. Aaron Davis is the Ultimate Prowler and is the uncle of Miles Morales. In the movie, he says he has a nephew living in the area. This movie incorporated a lot of concepts from the Ultimate series.

3. Aunt May is the bombshell.



If you grew up reading Spider-Man comics or watching the first three movies, you are accustomed to an Aunt May that’s already a senior citizen and has ailing health. In the movie, you have an Aunt May that’s played by the gorgeous Marissa Tomei. This isn’t your elderly Aunt May who makes wheatcakes for Peter. This Aunt May is younger and turns the head of every fanboy out there.

4. No Uncle Ben, No Problem.



In the past Spider-Man movies, Uncle Ben always played a big part. He is the one who taught Peter that with great power must come great responsibility. In Homecoming, Uncle Ben is absent and it worked! Marvel Studios decided to remove his origin story in the movie to great results proving not all superhero movies needed an origin story to get going. I know in the future Uncle Ben will be mentioned, appear in a flashback or a dream, but I am glad that they did not do an origin sequence in this movie.

5. The Vulture is Freakin’ Badass.



In the comics, I have never liked the Vulture. To me, he is just an old man who is already weak and one of the Spider-villains that’s never a real threat. However, Michael Keaton portrayed a very terrifying Adrian Toomes. This Vulture doesn’t just steal jewelry from a store. This Vulture steals high powered weapons and sells them to thugs to make a living for his family. For me, this is the first time that I saw a villain from the MCU that doesn’t have plans to destroy mankind, rule the world, or have revenge on a former ally. This villain does his business just to provide a living for his family.

Spider-Man: Homecoming really made me feel that the character is really home after being lost for a long time. I can say that the future is really bright for our friendly neighborhood movie franchise.

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