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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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5 Things I Want To See In Spider-Man: Homecoming!

With just two weeks to go until the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming makes its way into your local cinema, the talk over what will and will not be featured has certainly heated up. To begin with, we know that Vulture, Shocker and The Tinkerer are the villains here, but we may have more to deal with! Also, with the recent news that the Venom movie will actually be part of the same Universe as Spider-Man (and the MCU, sorta, its complicating!) we can start to think what we will actually get in the film.

With a new take on the iconic hero, it will be exciting to see him in this world of established heroes and villains and start even more threads that will weave through this film and into many more. So, what am I hoping we will see in the film? I will just say I have not yet watched the film and have no insider knowledge, this is mostly guess work!

1. This should lead into Infinity War

Depending on how this one ends, we could see a few big marks made in the MCU. It is safe to assume that Spider-Man will very much be an avenger by the time Infinity Wars hits cinema in 2018. Spider-Man will be the hero to bring people hope and be seen as a face for those to trust, even though he is one of the only heroes to not show his face.

We could maybe see Peter Parker discover an anomaly that could be Thanos or even discover the last of the Infinity Stones? Either way, we know that Spidey and Iron Man will both be gearing up for Infinity War after this movie, but it will be to see if they go there prepared…or not!

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2. The Black Suit

Now we have had teases about the Post-Credits Scene for this movie being a “must see!” which I assume is the same for all the films. But, considering Amy Pascal (the woman who suggested certain films for Barack Obama) let slip that Homecoming will indeed be connected to the spin-off films that Sony are releasing.

Before I saw Tom Hardy was cast, I had little to know interest in the film. To now know there is a connection (will talk about Venom in a future post) between the films, I am excited to see what Sony and Marvel will be delivering over the next few years.

Anyway, what I was thinking was that this post-credit scene could be what we have to introduce the symbiote to the MCU and feature a darker Peter Parker in Infinity Wars who dons the Black Suit and finds this then affects him as he tries to save the world…and then finds itself on Tom “best actor in the whole world” Hardy and then Venom is set!

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3. Vulture Will Help Bring A New Villain In

Since hearing that Homecoming and Venom are linked, I started thinking as how they could be joined together. How cool would it be if Tom Hardy actually made his debut as Eddie Brock in Homecoming? With this being possible after Spidey nearly kills Adrian Toombs (Vulture)?

Imagine this, Spider-Man defeats The Vulture with the help of the symbiote suit, but realises it isn’t the best thing to have after it sends him off in a rage and he is isolated from everyone. Maybe we could see Venom actually emerge in this movie? Probably not though.

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4. Don’t Set Up More Than One Or Two Films

This one has to be said, we don’t need teasers for loads of future films. Age Of Ultron very much teased about 5 films with its runtime, and it felt crammed. The only films I think that should really be further teased from Homecoming should be Infinity War ad Venom.

We know what films are coming and we expect a more natural and thoughtful approach to get us excited for the future. We don’t need to allure to Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok (though  a mid-credit or post-credit scene wouldn’t hurt), Ant-Man and The Wasp or any others as they will already have enough on them to make an impact.

Also, this is more to Sony, don’t try and shoehorn in every idea you have for a Spider-Man spin-off, remember how well that worked before?  We don’t need Mysterio or Kraven The Hunter films, I am happy for them to appear in a Spider-Man film, but just sort yourselves out Sony and avoid shooting yourself in the foot again.

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5. Don’t Be Afraid Of Change

This one sounds obvious, but after two Spider-Man film series that felt very close to each other, I am happy to see a whole new direction this time. Can we live without Gwen Stacy and MJ? I think so. Harry and Norman Osborn should be hinted at for a future film.

Also, we can see Peter slowly become a photographer for the Daily Bugle (and fingers crossed I would want J.K. Simmons back!), see his rogues gallery grow on screen and maybe fulfil on potential family storylines a bit quicker and make some sense instead of the Parker’s being on the run and dead…but not dead!

We are going to have a long time with this new Spider-Man and it will be great to see where he takes us. Though I feel the Green Goblin storyline will come into play soon, we can also look at so many other great villains for this Universe. Doc Ock, Mysterio, Chameleon, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio must come up against Spider-Man!).

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Marvel and Sony have the power to make this Spider-Man the best there has ever been, and we will see in a matter of days how successful they are!

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out 5th July 2017 in the UK and 7th July 2017 in the US.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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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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