Friday, July 28, 2017


My Spider-Man comic book collection isn't that impressive. I started collecting the Web Slinger books in the early nineties well into the mid-nineties. There were a couple of gems during that time, for instance I have the full Todd McFarlane run on 'Spider-Man', and I have the first Appearance of Carnage. Other than that, the stories in my collection of books is nothing special.

But getting that first issue of 'Spider-Man' #1 was when I fell in love with the character and started getting serious about comic book collecting! I hope my dad never reads this but some days after school I'd read some of his old issues of 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. And when I say old issues, I mean the early ones. That's all I'm going to say.

Reading the current and old issues Spider-Man became my favorite superhero. A ranking that would continually go back and forth between him and Batman. And like any fan of Peter Parker the reason he was my favorite was because of the continuous balance of fighting crime, school, having a social life, and making it home in time for supper!

It's strange that in the 9 years I have been blogging about movies, not once have I posted about a Spider-Man film? So here's a quick summery: I like SPIDER-MAN, love SPIDER-MAN 2, and I thought SPIDER-MAN 3 was just okay. Venom was lame and I hated the third act of the film. But, I did like the soap opera with Peter and Mary Jane.

It's hilarious how Sony has basically left the two THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN movies out to dry. Those films I think we're just a sad mistake. There is things I like about both of them: Andrew Garfield did a pretty good Peter Parker, but after seeing what Tom Holland has brought to the role, Garfield is in last place. I like how they introduced a romance with Peter and Gwen Stacy. And lastly I thought The Lizard was cool. That fight in the high school was pretty cool!

Now on to what I liked about THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: His suit looked awesome!

I really didn't care for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Not only did the movie feel like a rushed production but for some odd reason Sony tried to change Peter's origin story? The story presented his powers as some sort of family destiny? Lame!

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 performed pretty bad at the box office and I think after a year or two turned to Marvel Studios for help. This news got me so pumped! Finally, Spidey was coming home!

Still to this day my favorite scene in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR was the introduction of Spider-Man. Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man all on the silver screen together, comic book movie bliss! I cannot wait for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! Disney showed off some footage at D23, and the description is the film I have been dreaming about since Thanos made an appearance in THE AVENGERS.

So what did I think of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING? I loved it! It's the best live action iteration of the character in my opinion. SPIDER-MAN 2 is still my favorite film of the franchise, but HOMECOMING represented the title character the best.

I love that the new film doesn't give us a third Peter Parker/Spider-Man origin story. Instead we the audience are plunged right into the first year of Parker's new powers.

Eight months after the events of CIVIL WAR, Peter Parker is biding his time as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man while waiting for the call from Tony Stark to join The Avengers. Meanwhile, some low-level bad guys become arms dealers selling Chitauri tech-based weaponry. After thwarting an gun deal, Spider-Man begins to get in a little over his head. After his first encounter with the Vulture, Parker is left for dead drowning in a pond. An Iron Man drone saves him, with Stark giving him a warning/advice to stick with catching bicycle thieves.

But like a good teenager, Parker doesn't take his advice and further investigates the arms dealers. After a incident putting innocent lives at stake, Tony Stark takes Spider-Man's suit away. After getting "grounded" Peter decides to focus on school and a social life. But now he's become too involved with the Vulture and his arms-deal operation. With power comes great responsibility, as Parker dons his old suit to thwart Vulture one last time.

Sony along with Marvel Studios really hit it out of the park with SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. This time around nothing felt like a rewrite for SPIDER-MAN 4. And if it was there, I couldn't tell?

The cast is great! Tom Holland is now my favorite Peter Parker. He's brought something to the role that just captures the essence of the classic comic book character. By the time they reboot the franchise again I'll be too old to care, so I'm happy they finally got Spidey perfect!

Michael Keaton was great as always! Fans are saying he might be the best MCU villain since Loki, and I couldn't agree more! Keaton brings this blue collar attitude to the character that instantly identifiable with audiences. His origin I sympathized with and felt sorry for him and his crew. That's the making of a good antagonist when you feel/understand their motives. Keaton's performance might be my favorite thing in the film!

Another home run for me was the high school setting and Parker's classmates. I'm 40 years old so it's been a little while since I've seen a film set in school that I identify with. I don't want to spoil all the cool/funny moments, but director Jon Watts captured being a high schooler pretty perfectly.

In conclusion, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING got me pumped for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR! Only two more films before that one! Trust me, it'll be here before we know it. As for HOMECOMING sequels, I think the future installments are in good hands! What I don't trust is all the Spidey-verse spin-offs Sony has planed? So far things aren't sounding that great. Shouldn't Amy Pascal be fired by now?

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