This was a weekend with a lot to cover, so I’ll get right to it.
First thing first, Spider-Man: Homecoming. We got our first look at Tom Holland as Spider-Man in last summer’s Captain America: Civil War. Since then, most of us have been waiting for the solo adventure.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth movie featuring Peter Parker, starting with The 2002 Sam Raimi directed debut starring Tobey Maguire.
Unlike Maguire, and exactly like second Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, Holland is a young British actor. But we shouldn’t hold that against him.
This Spider-man feels more authentic to the comic. Peter is the right age, 15, and Holland brings a Michael J. Fox circa Back To The Future energy to the role.
Michael Keaton added the necessary gravitas to the role of Spider-Man villain, The Vulture.
This makes Keaton’s second superhero franchise, the first being 1989‘s modern classic, Batman — followed by sequel Batman Returns.
But Keaton was recently nominated for an Oscar playing an actor best associated with his role as a superhero in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
In the 2014 critical darling, Keaton’s daughter was played by Emma Stone, who appeared in the previous Spider-Man movie, Amazing Spider-Man 2.
It was also nice to see Spidey fully integrated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau and Chris Evans helped fold everything together like good comic book should.
There is another surprise cameo, but I won’t spoil it.
I give the movie three stars!
My only real issue is that a lot of this Spider-Man story belonged to a different Spider-Man.
Ned Leeds is an actual comic book character. But nothing like he was in the movie. Comic Ned is a reporter for the Daily Bugle that ends up becoming Hobgoblin.
The movie Ned is more like a character named Ganke Lee.
Ganke is the best friend of Miles Morales, a half African-American half Puerto Rican 14 year old, that gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes…Spider-Man.
This was the Ultimate Spider-Man before Marvel had another Secret War and did away with the Ultimate universe. Miles is now on the same Earth with Peter Parker, and both are Spider-Man.
The irony of it is, The Ultimate Universe of comics were created in part to help readers new to comics by way of the movies join in on the fun without all the complicated back history.
The first Spider-Man movie borrowed heavily from the Ultimate comic (who was the, still Peter Parker).
When The Amazing Spider-Man was announced, actor Donald Glover campaigned for the role of Peter Parker. It ultimately went to Andrew Garfield, But comic creator Brian Michael Bendis empathized with Glover enough to create a brand new Spider-Man…
Glover had a small role in Homecoming, helping out the hero — and noting that he has a NEPHEW in the neighborhood.
That’s exciting because Glover plays Aaron Davis, a small time crook who becomes The Prowler. He is also the Uncle of Miles Morales! Yay
My added obsession for this goes to the filming. I’m a New Yorker that now lives in Atlanta. I have the great honor of being around most of the current Marvel productions.
Spider-Man takes place in New York. There were a few shots that were clearly filmed on location. But as a Georgia transplant, I could tell a mile away what was filmed in my new hometown.
Also, the house where Vulture and his family live is right around the corner from where I live now. That’s pretty cool.
This weekend I also finally caught the 2014 Godzilla movie.
It had very fast paced action, directed by Gareth Edwards, whom recently directed the first Star Wars spin-off movie Rogue One.
Godzilla starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a couple caught in the midst of a battle between Godzilla and prehistoric monsters.
Bryan Cranston also appears briefly, which confused me a little.
Taylor-Johnson and Olsen appeared again as brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Afterwards, I watched the spring released Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson.
Much like Godzilla, Kong goes at a breakneck speed and doesn’t let up. Unlike Godzilla, Kong features a post credit scene that connects the two movies, and the promise of more to come in a shared monsterverse.
Hiddleston and Jackson have appeared together onscreen before in The Avengers, and Brie Larson will soon appear with Jackson in Captain Marvel.
In other exciting news, the second season of Supergirl had quite a few changes after it moved from CBS to the CW.
The series saw regular Calista Flockhart downgrade to occasional guest star, and semi-regular Laura Benanti, who had appeared as Kara’s mother Alura in holographic form, did not appear at all.
Well, the producers have announced that Alura will return for the upcoming season three, albeit without Benanti.
So, I would like to formally welcome yet another Superman alum back into the fold!
The former Smallville Lois Lane is set to take over the role. She appears one season after Teri Hatcher appeared. Hatcher portrayed Durance’s mother in a taped sequence for Smallville.
One Last Obsession
My Superman shelf continues to expand. This is the latest figure to get added!
From the Mattel DC Multiverse line, this is Superman from the landmark The Dark Knight Returns story.