the return of peter parker, again

Updated: Feb 11, 2018

Comic book movies have been unreservedly triumphant in the past decade, and a great deal of that has to do with Marvel and their transformations of these comic books onto the big screens. Spider-Man has been one of the earliest comic book movies in the 21st century and yet we have seen three adaptations since.

Tobey Maguire led the Spider-Man frenzy with his trilogy that started in 2002, followed by Andrew Garfield, and recently, Tom Holland. Marvel (Disney) essentially bought the rights for Spider-Man from Sony but it is a bit more complicated than that. They get to share mutual benefits, whereas Marvel gets access to Spider-Man, Sony also gets earnings and a say in the franchise.

Tom Holland has now appeared in two movies as Peter Parker - Captain America: Civil War and his own personal Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was just released in theatres July 7th.

Nevertheless, after opening weekend, it had tremendous success at the box office. Why?

For starters, the cast is exhilaratingly young which connects to the audience, who are mainly children, much more accurately than previous films. Holland, for example, is only 21, but his performance as Peter Parker is the most captivating of the film. He brings a youthful energy to the film alongside comedic spirits. He genuinely was born to play Spider-Man.

By making this version of Peter Parker much more younger is what makes the film stand out. There is a lot of emphasis on the fact of how Peter Parker is in high school, which is how it should be. He is transformed into a big Avengers fanboy and Star Wars nerd. He is eager to please, ready to take on the world, and wants to truthfully make the world a better place. He is more excitable and Holland captured this perfectly.

The whole movie is spent with him trying to prove himself to Iron Man that he can be a part of the Avengers. He was bored with fighting crime in NYC and was looking for something to prove to Tony Stark that he could handle bigger responsibilities. This contrasts the other Spider-Men, but mostly because they weren’t linked in the MCU. The movie also features Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. (in an Iron Man appearance), Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier, and more.

Keaton plays the villain, Vulture, and does so remarkably. He is given a backstory - one as a blue collared worker who lost his job and decides to take on a different, more illegal, occupation to get the money on the table. His backstory carries more emotions and relatability to the film, and Vulture may be one of Marvel's best villains yet.

It would be common sense to watch these three franchises and feel eager to compare them. Who was the best Spider-man? However, it is not clear cut. All three bring different elements to the table and their strengths and weaknesses all differ. In the end, it all is decided on preference.

In the end, Marvel picking up the film was breathtaking. The film showed that they clearly knew what they were doing, especially with the originality of the film and where they would take the beloved character. In all importance, the gap that was missing with the Avengers and Marvel Cinematic Universe has been restored.

article by: kaitlin browne

visual by: marvel studios



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