December 17, 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming: What We Know So Far

Spiderman Homecoming

If you have watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring Andrew Garfield, you know exactly of how much of a mess that movie was.

I vividly remember sitting in the theater with 5 of my closest friends in eager anticipation of what was to come. Little did we know, but a pile of garbage sitting atop a larger pile of garbage was on the way.

Where do I begin?

Too many villains

A storyline that wasn’t properly fleshed out

Poor action sequences

A running time that lasted an eternity

And don’t even get me started on the Death of Gwen Stacy. This atrocity made me cry not because she died, but because of how bad it was portrayed.

Did you hear that there is another Spider-Man remake coming and it arrives July 7, 2017?

Of course, you did. The whole world did.

Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Will be as bad as Amazing Spider-Man 2?

Not a chance.

Tom Holland

If you’ve watched Captain America: Civil War (I think everyone on the planet has watched it by now) then you know that Tom Holland played Spider-Man and will do it again. He, aside from the Black Panther, was the breakout star of Civil War and is a big part of why Spider-Man will set a new standard for superhero movies.

He was funny, his sense of timing was perfect, and his movements were everything that Spider-Man should be. His performance was so good that I’m sure that I heard a collective orgasm after his screen time ended in Civil War.

I’m not saying that Toby Maguire didn’t do a good job as the web slinger, but the world could use less of this:

Toby Maguire Spiderman Face

And more of this:

Tom Holland Spiderman

Right?

In the air

I’m not the first to say it, but the main villain of Homecoming is The Vulture.

Initially, I thought…meh, The Vulture. He’s an OK villain. The more I look at it and think about it, the more convinced I become that he is the perfect villain.

Why?

I consider the best Spider-Man scenes to happen while he is in the air. The camera angles are dynamic, the action is compelling, and the audience gets to see what Spider-Man sees.

Watching him swing through the air is like tasting homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. It just seems right.

If this isn’t your thing, don’t worry. The Vulture isn’t the only villain that has been cast. The Shocker (don’t laugh) and The Tinkerer are also set to make an appearance.

So what about The Vulture?

Adrian Toomes, or The Vulture, has been around since just after the inception of Spider-Man. First appearing in Spider-Man #2, way back in May of 1963, The Vulture has always been a quintessential villain in the Spider-Man universe.

Creating and wearing a harness of his own design, he is enabled with flight and enhanced strength.

The Vulture has been a part of every incarnation of the Sinister Six (a group of villains whose sole purpose is to destroy Spider-Man) . If you stayed around long enough, you may remember that the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2 they had been eluded to.

Who will play him?

Michael Keaton will fill the role and I for one, am excited.

Keaton is a gifted and well-respected actor in Hollywood who will surely bring mentorship to a group of very young actors. He will also bring some needed balance and stability to the emerging franchise.

Not just that, but how often does Batman also turn out to be a Spider-Man villain?

Tony Stark

For a while, it was thought that Robert Downey Jr. wouldn’t be doing future Marvel films once the last two Avengers movies were complete. Push that aside.

He is in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

RDJ is Tony Stark. His look, personality, and cocky confidence are all on cue. I don’t need to tell you this. 

What does that mean for Homecoming?

Thanks to Civil War, we know that Tony has supplied Spider-Man with the tech that makes up his suit. We also know that Peter trusts Tony and that he is firmly on his ‘side’.

This movie will push Tony into a mentorship role.

Creative control

Yes, Sony still owns the cinematic rights to Spider-Man, but it is known that they won’t have control over this movie. At least not in the sense of what the movie is about or the direction it will go.

Now you can let out your sigh of relief.

Kevin Feige (the head honcho at Marvel Studios) has made it very clear that this is a Marvel movie. Period. It has been designed to seamlessly blend into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

If you have any hesitation, remember…Marvel only makes good movies; save for Iron Man 2 and maybe Thor: The Dark World.

Further, he has stated this will not be another origin story or will it be related to anything done by Sony.

What does that mean?

Homecoming will pick up some time after the events of Civil War. When and how long after, I don’t know. My guess is somewhere around 6 months or so. 

Warner Bros. and DC need to take notice of this. I don’t know how many more times I can watch the Batman origin unfold.

Final Thoughts

It is pretty obvious. Or at least I think it is. 

Like most, I was a little reluctant to want to pay to see another Spider-Man movie. This changed after watching what Marvel did with him in Civil War. 

Do I think that Homecoming will be the best superhero movie next year?

I’m hesitant.

There are so many potentially good movies coming that it is hard to say.

  1. Logan – What will Fox do with Hugh Jackman’s last run at Wolverine?
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – Will surely capitalize on the success of the first one.
  3. Wonder Woman – The most anticipated DC movie (and probably the best at its release).
  4. Thor: Ragnarok – Can’t be worse than the second one.
  5. Justice League – Don’t even get me started.

But will it be one of the best?

You bet.

 

 

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