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Spider-Man: Homecoming. Review. “The world’s changing, boys. It’s time we change too.”

Well done Marvel, you proved that you could make Spider-Man awesome again and that Sony should just give over all the rights to Spider-Man and just let Venom be part of the MCU now…but you can scrap the Black Cat/Silver Sable film as we don’t need it!

First off, it is easy to say that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man we have had yet! Taking on Peter Parker is someone who actually looks like he is 15, why was that so difficult to do in the first place? He has a great presence throughout and his version of Spider-Man is the one we always really needed. I will mention more on Holland a bit later once I tell you a bit more about the movie.

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So, the first thing we get is the introduction of Damage Control (the guys in charge of clearing up the messes from The Avengers), this is what basically brings us our major villain, The Vulture. Adrian Toombs, AKA The Vulture (played rather well by Michael Keaton) is seen as just a man who wants to get what he believes is owed to him. The Vulture is not alone, he does have back-up (Two Shockers and a Tinkerer to be exact) who actually do prove themselves as a challenge for Spidey (well, not so much Tinkerer as he…well, just watch it and you will see).

We also get to see how being Spider-Man influences the everyday life of Peter Parker. He is eager to become an Avenger and finds himself with his own challenges. Feeling neglected by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr. only appears in about 4 scenes, making it clear this is a SPIDER-MAN movie! Though his scenes are all great and necessary, with some funny interactions with his usual wit and delivery), Peter only wants to prove himself a hero and goes through some tough and funny obstacles to get there. It’s when Peter comes into contact with The Vulture does he realise there is some serious danger coming his way.

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While Spider-Man may not be dealing with someone who has multiple arms or joined with an alien parasite, Adrian Toombs is indeed a terrific villain and someone who really grabs you from his first moments. Overall, Toombs becomes The Vulture to get what he thinks he deserves. You do feel bad for him at one point in the movie, but that doesn’t last long.

I will just say it; Keaton’s Vulture is one of the best villain’s in the MCU so far. I would need to do an official ranking of all villains to show you where he stands, so watch out for that one!

For the rest of the cast, they do prove their worth throughout. Marisa Tomei is superb as Aunt May (and the jokes involving the men fancying her are greatly humorous) and I only hope she remains a staple of this universe. There is also great turns from Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend Ned who actually proves his worth as comic relief and a hero. Zendaya and Laura Harrier also give some strong performances with Zendaya’s Michelle getting some good laughs and being a strong character overall and Harrier’s Liz showing great determination and emotion. For the supporting cast, the one I really enjoyed seeing was Jon Favreau coming back as Happy Hogan. Happy is a great character and he was probably given the most to do in Homecoming than any other MCU film he has appeared in.

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This is a Spider-Man that is at home in this world. The characters all feel like natural pieces of this universe and the majority of them make their mark rather well. The teachers in particular bring some good laughs, most of the students are fun too. Having characters like Michelle, Ned and Aunt May shows they are certainly going to become the backbone to Homecoming 2!

For the overall feel of this film, I feel I am about to borrow from what everyone else has said, but I have to agree with them. Spider-Man: Homecoming does feel like a John Hughes movie. The comedy is heartfelt and relatable throughout. The quirky side we get of Peter Parker as a teenager in school is a great contrast to his fearless actions as the web-slinger. Jon Watts is more than welcome to come back for the sequel.

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There is a lot being pushed in this movie towards the future of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it never feels forced or convoluted (*Cough* *Cough* The Amazing Spider-Man 2). The links towards the future of both Spider-Man and the MCU will indeed be met with enthusiasm and make you want Avengers: Infinity War now! Also, look out for all the little Easter Eggs and cameos throughout.

I could talk about this film all day, but I want to end with telling you that this film beats all expectations and will make you laugh a lot! The action scenes look fantastic and the big fights between Spider-Man and The Vulture do go between comedic and dramatic with little effort. The soundtrack, look and characters of a 1980’s high school film with a superhero and a guy who steals alien weapons!

The best Spider-Man film so far!

Final rating: 9.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

P.S. Make sure you see the mid and post credit scenes, the final shot is hilarious and thought-provoking!

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Captain America: Civil War Review: Freedom vs. Justice (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

United, we stand; divided, we fall. In our universe and outside, the law applies but what captivates us is how it’s pulled off. When it’s the man with the money against the enhanced soldier, we shall place our bets cautiously. This is no mere battle, dear friends. This is war.

What can be said about a war among colleagues? It’s a trope many superhero franchises love to pull off: A slings insults to B, B fights against A, and who truly wins in the end can be confusing to many. War rarely ends with an overall win, because things can break and die: people, possessions, and trusting bonds. I wish not to tell too much, but Marvel’s latest flick shows how broad the terms of war can be when there are equalised teams.
Not too far from the graphic novel, Civil War brings together most of Earth’s known heroes that we are aware of thus far (barring Thor and Hulk – the war would be far more brutal with their involvement), and introduces some fresh faces to our eyes; including Peter “On-The-Young-Side” Parker (Tom Holland, Billy Elliot: The Musical), pursuing his teenage superhero dreams with the help of some shocking grant money, and Wakandan native T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman, Gods of Egypt), who seems like such a welcome – and sudden – addition to our team.

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Through twists and Government interference, we see Earth’s mightiest divide on two labelled teams: the team of justice, fronted by Tony Stark and his willingness to allow the Avengers to become controlled by the United Nations; and the team of freedom, fronted by Steve Rogers who defies the preference of being controlled and would rather risk hundreds or thousands to save millions and billions.
As the movie begins, we find out – on screen – who is Captain America’s inspiration to keep the Avengers a free-fighting force: one James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Since 2011, we have seen that the Cap’s long-time friend holds a special place in his heart; but as years passed and Bucky returned, there has been conflict. Bucky is no longer the soldier Steve once knew, completely, but we are seeing more and more of himself here. It was tough to see this chatty charismatic warrior as the manipulated criminal we first met in the solo predecessor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but as it progresses, we can see that Bucky is still Bucky and it becomes believable that his crimes of the past were not his per se.
Besides the title character, Bucky was definitely a stand-out: he speaks out as an anti-hero rarely has before. He can redeem, or attempt to; Bucky brings to me at least the idea that when in an entranced state, it’s more the body causing action than the mind – and a body is not a person. The Winter Soldier was more a body, trapping an innocent soul inside; and this movie outlines how there is an easy divide. Forget the civil war among heroes; there is a civil war among Bucky and the Winter Soldier – with no winner.

I’ll lighten up on the Steve and Bucky of it all, and just say that this movie was mind-blowing.

How everyone had someone to fight, it spoke out that there was never going to be a win or loss; that’s what makes the Avengers the strongest force Earth’s got. They cannot be defeated or overtaken. If they cannot beat themselves, what chance does anyone else have? And whilst we would all walk into the cinema knowing the answer, we would all also walk out amazed, astounded by what really carried on. Never in the MCU has there been such a scene as the scene we shall call “The War”: where from corner to corner, we were seeing combat and weaponry and teamwork – even some surprising events we had never witnessed on the big screen prior – and despite it only lasting probably fifteen minutes, it felt like a lifetime.

Breakout characters in this film, beside the team leaders and the Winter Soldier, I would definitely include Scarlet Witch herself Wanda Maximoff. I might be acting biased, being a supporter of Team Cap, but Wanda was a lifesaver repeatedly in this flick; she puts her strength and determination in her powers to help her teammates. To prevent spoilers, I will not highlight how she acts against Tony’s teammates, but trust me when I say you will think of her as the defence no one wanted but everyone needed.

Overall, this is now my favourite movie in the cinematic universe, and I cannot wait to see what that star-spangled man has in store for us next time he appears.
Whenever he appears. However he appears. I shall wait patiently.

Rating: 10/10

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TRAILER REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War

SPIDER-MAN! We finally get to see Spider-Man, but I will get to that. Remember, this is primarily a fight between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). This trailer has been a long time coming, and we are just 7 weeks away (the perks of being in the UK) until the MCU storms back into the cinema. Kicking off Phase Three with possibly one of the biggest films they have ever made, Marvel are looking to really bring the fans in with such an epic picture. Though this will be primarily a Captain America movie, the excitement from this trailer really does come from the expansion of the other players. So, let’s have a deeper look at the trailer.

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SPIDER-MAN IS HERE

Well this is the biggest point in the trailer. After many months of speculation and many doubts, we finally get to see Spider-Man make his debut into the MCU. With just the brief few seconds that Tom Holland gets to show his take on the character, it looks like this will be a truly faithful adaptation. The expressive eyes is truly new (well, Deadpool uses it too. But come on, Spider-Man came first) and the suit looks like it has been brought up to date and kept to its original look. With just a quick bit of agility and a few words, we have lots to look forward to when the film comes out.

THE AVENGERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW MUCH DAMAGE?

It’s true that the MCU has seen a fair amount of destruction in its time. Whether it was the crumbling remains of New York, Washington covered in pieces of helicarriers or even blowing up a whole country! We will truly see the effect that The Avengers have made on the world. It should be argued that things could have been worse without the heroes, but there now seems to be a need for balance. I reckon this will not be the end of that damage, and General Ross is brought in to prove he is a character we can all love to hate AGAIN (Yes I thought William Hurt was great in THE INCREDIBLE HULK).

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WHERE IS ZEMO?

With only about two seconds of Crossbones making his hard-hitting return, we have yet to see the supposed main villain in this movie. Where the film is centrally focused on the clash of ideologies of Captain America and Iron Man, we have also been told that there will still be traditional villains making an appearance. The return of Crossbones is very much evident, but we have not seen a thing on Baron Zemo yet. What will his presence bring to the film? Will he be kept back to make a more major appearance later? We will find out in the near future. With all that is already going on, can we get anymore characters in?

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BLACK PANTHER DOESN’T TAKE S**T FROM ANYONE

It is quite clear that T’Challa/Black Panther will be brought in strong for his MCU debut. Chadwick Boseman, much like Tom Holland, will be watched carefully by fans and will be hoping he makes for a great debut. Though little information is available for his part in the film, it is clear that he has picked a side and seems determined to fight for what he believes (and seems particularly interested in Bucky). His suit is made of Vibranium, the same material which Cap has for his shield. So…don’t F**K with T’Challa!

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THERE ARE A FEW LINKS TO THE ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR STORYLINE

We may not be getting a straightforward adaptation of the 2006 storyline, but there are still a few things that have translated over. The idea of having an act which monitors the activities of the heroes is definitely still in full force. Though we have no real hidden identities in the movie, I reckon we will see a radical change as Spider-Man will definitely be a central force and maybe the key to the films conclusion. Also, there seems to be a big fancy prison for those who will step out of line, but probably not in the negative zone.

IT IS CLEAR THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER

We are set to see years of work bringing this team together about to fall apart. Before we head into the mystic realm, back into space and to dimensions beyond human reach, we will see a huge shake-up on the central playing field. With Captain America leading a rebellion and some potential deaths along the way, we will see the hugest change in the film universe since S.H.I.E.L.D. was taken over by HYDRA. Also we will see the end of the Captain America “trilogy” and possibly a turning point for all the characters. And what of those who aren’t in this film? We will see what happens to Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury and many more later in Phase Three.

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WHERE DO SPIDER-MAN, BLACK PANTHER AND THE AVENGERS GO NEXT?

We know that July 2017 will see Spider-Man in a solo film set in this universe, and what affect will be bestowed upon the web-slinger after the Civil War is over? Will he be angry? Will he be driven away from The Avengers? It is hard to say at this time. Also, Black Panther will arguably get a great chance to shine when his film comes in 2018. We will get to see more of Wakanda and expand our world a bit further than the USA. Then there is the Infinity Wars, we will need to bring everyone back together to take on their biggest ever threat. But if a death or two is on the cards, can we be sure the new editions will be able to step up and fulfil their destiny as Avengers 3.0 (And then see the new Avengers take phase four and keep the franchise fresh).

Captain America: Civil War will be in cinemas in the UK from 29th April 2016 and US from 6th May 2016.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron. New Trailer!

Friday 24th April is when the UK will receive the release of the epic blockbuster ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’. Within the last few hours, a brand new trailer has been released and features ever more footage from the movie and teases us further. When Tony Stark looks to boot up a peace-keeping program, he inadvertently releases the being Ultron, an AI who is set on bringing the end to all human existance. The Avengers must team up to take on their greatest challenge yet, while at the same time survive being in each others company.

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader and many other cast members! You do not want to miss this very exciting event for 2015!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove