Remember Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman? I was 17 (!) when it came out and Spiderman was my favourite superhero. I LOVED the movie. I loved how they were able to capture web-slinging through the skyscrapers of New York and I was happy to see the “traditional” Uncle Ben origin story come to life. It was everything I wanted in a Spiderman movie and I thought Tobey Maguire made a great Peter Parker. Then, part two came out and, holy crap! It was even better than the first! Doc Oc was an awesome villain who brought the movie together better than the first. And, then, sigh… part three came out. We’ve all seen it. Emo Peter, a Venom who seemed like an after-thought, some sand guy… the trilogy lost me at part three.
Luckily, all was not lost in my superhero movie world as Iron Man came out the year after and the Avengers arc was born (I don’t really count The Hulk, even though it was alright-ish). The Avengers were already in full swing when Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman came out so I didn’t really pay attention to it. Besides, Iron Man had taken the mantle as my new favourite superhero (tied with Christian Bale’s Batman). I don’t even think I saw The Amazing Spider-Man in theatres. After I finally did see it, I thought it was just okay. Just okay. No excitement, not the greatest Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield is too cool, I think)… it just wasn’t up to par with an Avengers movie. Didn’t help that The Avengers came out the same year. And, then, bigger sigh… The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out. I honestly thought it was just as bad, if not worse, than Spider-Man 3. Jamie Foxx is an awesome actor – what the hell did they do to him? I wanted to slap that Osborn kid the whole time. I’m glad they didn’t try a third installment because if they continued that slapped-on Rhino battle… I dunno.
I came in with sky-high expectations for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Finally, a Spiderman movie made by Marvel in the Avengers arc, with actual Avengers in it! Tom Holland’s Spiderman already made his first appearance in Civil War and I thought he was great! A nerdy, fanboy kid who really acts and sounds like he’s in high school! I was excited and the trailers just added to my excitement. *Gasp* Spiderman AND Iron Man as the main characters?! No Thor! No inter-galactic battles! No planet-eating supergods! Just a kid learning how to be a down-to-earth superhero, mentored by favourite superhero – a veteran hero who I think successfully tows the line between down-to-earth and out-in-space.
My expectations were definitely met. It felt like the first Iron Man except we didn’t need the origin story this time. We already know this Peter Parker and now we get to learn more about him, his life, his friends, and how he needs to learn to be a real superhero. I’m so happy Spiderman finally has a place again in the MCU and even happier that it’s Tom Holland’s Spiderman. Imagine if they got Andrew Garfield or early 2000s Tobey Maguire to do it? No thanks!
Go out and see the new Spider-Man – pretty sure he’s going to play an enormous role in the next Marvel arc when the 22-movie Avengers arc is over (what a ride it’s been!). And, I think Spiderman has retaken the mantle :D
Enjoy Scene 53 – “Back to School”!
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