By Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief
The case for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
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 “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” opened up the pathway for so many more MCU films. With a much more cosmic setting, this film introduces some of the most oddball characters yet, those being a kidnapped, music loving Earth-ling Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, adopted daughter of the mad Titan Thanos Gamora, a talking racoon named Rocket, Drax the Destroyer and a thieving walking tree that constantly reminds you his name is Groot.
One of the greatest things about “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the soundtrack that comes from Peter Quill’s Walkman. Quill’s Walkman is the only thing that he has left from when he was abducted from Earth as a boy.
The Guardians go against Ronan the Accuser who is searching for an orb that contains an infinity stone. The film becomes a chase film with Ronan going after the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Winner: “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
What makes “Spider-Man: Homecoming” so great is the quality of Tom Holland’s performance as Peter Parker. Holland was able to portray something that previous Spider-Man movies didn’t, what it is like being a kid with superpowers.
In contrast, “Guardians of the Galaxy” had too many characters to develop in just one movie. Thankfully, Volume 2 helped amend those wrongs.
Although “Guardians of the Galaxy” is still great, and brought to life some of the most unknown characters in Marvel’s playbook, but Spider-Man is the face of Marvel, and now, he is becoming the face of the MCU.