Round 1: The Iron Spider

Arts and Entertainment

“Iron Man 3” vs “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief

Iron Man 3 Spider-Man: Homecoming
Year Released 2013 2017
Running Time 2 hours, 10 minutes 2 hours, 13 minutes
Opening Weekend (USA) $174,144,585 $117,027,053
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,215,439,994 $880,166,924
Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) 7.2/10 7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes 80% 92%

Statistics from IMDB.com and RottonTomatoes.com

The case for “Iron Man 3”

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“Iron Man 3” is the first film to show the aftermaths of 2012’s “Avengers.” Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is battling his Post Traumatic Stress he got from going through the wormhole in “Avengers.”

During the film, Tony must balance his inner-conflict while tackling the greater threat, the Mandarin, the leader of the terrorist organization known as “The Ten Rings.”

All over the world, the Mandarin is plotting attacks

The case for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

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There are two meanings behind the name “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” After two failed universes, Sony finally partnered with Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man home, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man yet. He really makes the audience believe he is just a 15-year-old kid with spider powers.

Holland is accompanied by an incredible supporting cast, including the notorious Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Stark plays as Peter’s father figure, a dynamic that hasn’t ever been seen in the MCU.

Peter is going after Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), also known as the Vulture. Unlike many MCU villains, Toomes is a very well explained villain. He is a typical blue-collar worker who lost his job because of the attack in New York in 2012’s “Avengers.” To make up for it, Toomes steals weapons from Damage Control, the people who clean up after the Avengers fight a bunch of bad guys.

Poking Holes—spoilers ahead

Both films can be defined by their twists. In “Iron Man 3,” the big twist is the reveal that the Mandarin is just an actor. After hyping up the Mandarin in both the marketing and in the film itself, to reveal that he is just a puppet is beyond underwhelming. It was very ambitious for Marvel to take that route, it just falls apart.
The major twist in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” made everyone in the theater gasp. It is revealed that Adrian Toomes, the main of the villain of the film, is actually Liz’s father. Adrian takes Liz and Peter to the Homecoming dance, but Adrian figures out that Peter is actually Spider-Man who has been disrupting his “business.” Adrian threatens Peter that he will kill everyone he loves if he interrupts again. This threat solidifies why Peter can’t reveal himself like other heroes can in the MCU. He doesn’t have the safety net that Tony Stark or Steve Rodgers has, he’s just apart of a lower-middle class family in Queens.

Winner: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Overall, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” takes this one because of the great introduction of the character into the MCU and the foundation it holds for the future.

Although “Iron Man 3” is a great film, it holds nothing compared to the masterpiece that is “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Best Quotes
Iron Man 3 Spider-Man: Homecoming
You don’t know who I am, you don’t know where I am, and you’ll never see me coming- The Mandarin Just a typical homecoming, on the outside of an invisible jet, fighting my girlfriend’s dad.-Peter Parker
It’s Christmas. Take ‘em to church. -Tony Stark Can’t you just be a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man? -Tony Stark
I’m not afraid of you. No politics. Just good old fashioned revenge. -Tony Stark Guys like us, you and me… they don’t care about us. We build their roads, fight their wars, we pick up after them. We eat their table scraps.- Adrian Toomes