Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in multiplexes as the third entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in five months (the 23rd overall in only 11 years), as an epilogue/coda to Avengers: Infinity War/Endgame and Phase 3, and finally, as a semi-anticipated sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s also an exercise in brute-force brand maintenance, primed to sell Avengers and Spider-Man-related merchandise, including, of course, Spider-Man action figures (Spider-Man wears four superhero suits in the new film, from the Iron Spider suit introduced in Avengers: Infinity War, his first, Tony Stark-given tech suit originally seen in Captain America: Civil War, an all-black stealth suit, and a new hybrid suit that swaps out the familiar blue with black, but otherwise keeps Steve Ditko’s design aesthetic). But branding saturation or superhero fatigue isn’t the most significant problem with the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel: It’s both the not unexpected over-reliance on the late Tony Stark’s long shadow as a central plot driver and yet another weak, underwritten, ultimately underutilized supervillain (minus the “super” part). (more…)
When it comes to comic book movies, whenever someone gets cast, if their role is not immediately announced, fans anxiously consider the options based on precedent. What mysterious role is this new person going to play? It’s just part of the game, it’s what we do in other words. So when Disney star Zendaya was planted into Spider-Man: Homecoming, the speculation began. The production told us she was playing “Michelle,” but fans heard another ‘M’ name, “Mary Jane.” As in “Mary Jane Watson,” Spider-Man’s long-term love interest. But while Zendaya herself is now saying point blank that she’s not Mary Jane, she’s having a good time watching the fans work it out. (more…)
A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)
For those who only watch movies based on Marvel characters, Stan Lee is the old man who somehow always end up in the film, making a brief cameo. We fans of the comic books know that he is pretty much the Godfather of everything Marvel. Many of the characters we know and love he is the creator for. Many of them were probably made in a fever dream long ago when he was a writer for Marvel comics. He’s given us greats like Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, The X-Men, and much more. He has since stepped down from heavy involvement in the day to day at Marvel but still appearances in many of the films. He’s more than happy to see many of his creations on the big and small screen. However, not all of the Marvel films have been certified hits. What did he think of them? Does he have a film that he didn’t like as much as the rest?
When it was revealed yesterday that Zendaya‘s role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming may in fact be as Peter’s number one gal, Mary Jane Watson, people on the internet reacted with wildly different opinions; some of them, of course, were unfortunately similar to the reactions some had to John Boyega in The Force Awakens. Regardless of your own personal opinion, people are bound to have different views—this includes people from the comics industry, as one might expect. One of them has taken to Twitter to lend his opinion on the matter. (more…)