The Case for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief
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.
The case for “Doctor Strange”
“Doctor Strange” is a very different Marvel movie. Doctor Strange’s comic book art style can best be described as psychedelic with its bright colors and swirling patterns, and the movie really drew from the comic book in this respect, which led to a more interesting movie experience and narrative. It is one movie that many recommended to see in 3D because it actually enhanced the experience. Doctor Strange explores the mystic arts referencing chakras, different universes, relics and more. The time stone is shown as the Eye of Agamotto, which is an amulet that Strange takes and wears around his neck toward the end of the movie, and the Eye should very instrumental in Infinity Wars.
The story is refreshing. Dr. Strange is broken down as a person from an egotistical surgeon who only cares about his achievements, and he is rebuilt as a more caring hero. Kaecilius isn’t a complete stereotypical bad guy because he has some points that even switch some people over, and Dormammu is an interesting villain because he is corrupting the sorcerer group to use them to do his bidding. Strange is introduced as a competent, capable man, but throughout the movie, he has to accept all that he can’t do and surrender his ego.
Winner: “Spider-Man Homecoming”
Although “Doctor Strange” is unique to any other film in the MCU, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is just a masterpiece. Homecoming felt like what Spider-Man has meant to be for years.
With so much weighted history to the character from previous films, Spider-Man is and always will be the face of Marvel.
“Doctor Strange” is great, but it just does not hold a light against “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It is going to be great to see Peter Parker meet Steven Strange in “Avengers: Infinity War” April 27.