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Happy Homecoming, Spider-Man!

0085510c768c538b923ed422c2cef267c9d687b3And just like that, Spidey is back in the MCU.

In a surprising turn of events (okay, not THAT surprising), Sony and Marvel Studios have renegotiated their deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU for another two movies, and they’ve even got the third film on the schedule for 2021, a mere two years away. After nearly a month passing with the deal seemingly dying, many (myself included) resigned themselves to the fact that the deal was over and done with, and that we’d have to live with a Spidey in a post-MCU world. But it seems like cooler heads have prevailed (or at least realized how much money was being left on the table), and we’re going to get at least two more adventures with the wall-crawler. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Samuel L Jackson, Colbie Smulders

Directed By: Jon Watts

MINOR SPOILERS

After the epic finale that was Avengers: Endgame, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Spider-Man: Far From Home would be one to miss. But for longtime fans of the MCU, and even more for fans of the character, the latest Spidey adventure is a can’t miss installment of the long running saga for Marvel’s heroes, and the answer to many of your lingering Endgame questions. Read the rest of this entry

The Mysterio Multiverse

spidermanWe’ve got a new look at Spider-Man: Far From Home in the latest trailer, but one of the biggest revelations isn’t just how the MCU has moved on from the heroic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. No, it’s the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) is apparently from an alternate Earth. According to the exposition from Nick Fury, Thanos’ “snap”, or one of the other ones, caused a few portals to open in the MCU, causing Beck and the Elemental creatures he and Spidey will fight to arrive on our Earth. It’s an interesting spin to the Mysterio character, and could pave the way for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to make their way into the MCU proper.

If it were true. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War!

MOVIE REVIEW!

gallery-1521208645-infinity-war-posterAvengers: Infinity War (2018)

Starring: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Anthony Mackie

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo

SPOILER FREE

Ten years. Ten years of movies, characters, box office records, and building a world unlike anything that has even been seen in Hollywood has finally come to this: Avengers: Infinity War. The hype surrounding this film is certainly palpable, to the point where you wouldn’t be out of line to make the claim that there’s no way this movie could possibly live up to the hype.

But in a lot of ways it does. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming!

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Starring: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton

Directed By: Jon Watts

MINOR SPOILERS

To say my expectations for Spider-Man Homecoming were high would be an understatement. After sitting through Amazing Spider-Man 2 and seeing Sony attempt to create their own cinematic universe and fail, the one thing I could hope for was Marvel Studios coming in and making some sort of deal with Sony to either buy the character, or take control of him and work him into their existing universe. And it happened. Now that Spidey had made his debut in Captain America: Civil War, it’s time for him to take center stage (again) in the second reboot of the character in the fifteen years he’s been on the big screen. Spider-Man Homecoming, the first movie to be made in collaboration with Sony and Marvel Studios, has a pretty daunting task ahead of it: can you get the public interested in yet another Spider-Man movie, so soon after the last one?

When it’s as good as this is, yes. Read the rest of this entry

Does Whatever A Spin-Off Can?

indexIt’s widely been known that I have some….misgivings about Sony’s plan to do a bunch of Spider-Man spin-off films without the Wall Crawler. I was about to go on another rant about how idiotic it is to have Venom movie without Spider-Man, or how you could barely get anyone to care about Black Cat or Silver Sable without introducing them in a Spider-Man movie first, but it appears that I may not have to do that. Read the rest of this entry

Spidey Comes Home!

spideyhAt long last, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is here, and it is glorious! It’s got seemingly everything I’ve been waiting for in a Spider-Man movie: quips, solid Peter Parker moments, a badass Vulture (played by Michael Keaton no less), and numerous references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It almost feels too good to be true. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Civil_War_Final_Poster.jpgCaptain America: Civil War (2016)

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlet Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Bruhl

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

MILD SPOILERS

I always find myself going into a new Marvel movie with the thought that there’s no way they’ll surprise me anymore. At this point, I’ve pretty much seen everything there is to see from Marvel studios. Thor fighting Loki on the Bifrost? Check. Captain America taking on the Red Skull? Check. The Avengers assembling? Check. The Hulkbuster taking on the Hulk? Check. Tony Stark drinking? Double check. And yet time and time again, Marvel Studios keeps finding ways to surprise me with things that I never expected to see in a superhero movie, and their most recent release, Captain America: Civil War, is no exception. There are moments in this film, which arguably stands as one of their strongest features to date, that nearly moved me to tears of joy as the little comic book loving nerd inside of me saw things that I didn’t think possible before, and not just because of studio contracts. Read the rest of this entry

Spidey’s Homecoming

spider-man.0.0There was a lot of news that hit during last week’s CinemaCon, the annual event where studios show off the movies they have planned for the year to major theater owners and press. From the premiere of Captain America: Civil War to the announcement that we’ll be getting a solo Ben Affleck Batman movie, there were a lot of great things announced at the show. But it all paled in comparison to the news regarding my favorite wall-crawler, who’s finally making his big MCU debut in Civil War, and will get a new solo movie under the care of Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Read the rest of this entry

The Spectacular Tom Holland!

holland-spidermanAfter months of speculation, we finally have our actor for the new Sony/Marvel Studios Spider-Man films: Tom Holland. Of the finalists, I think he was easily the best one. No offense to Asa Butterfield (the rumored frontrunner), but I didn’t think he could pull off what it takes to be Spidey. Now, we all know that this movie will feature Peter Parker as a high schooler, which yes, the other Spider-Man films touched on, but the difference here will be that he’ll actually get to interact with the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something that is, quite honestly, still blowing my mind. Read the rest of this entry