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Why ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is One Of The MCU’s Best Films

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Disney and Marvel Studios have created an almost unstoppable force in Hollywood known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The films they put out are consistent of good quality, with phenomenal acting, and always perform well at the box office. As a result, many people have debated what is the best film in the MCU. While there were certainly less than stellar entries, the crème de la crème is hard to pin down. However, we think it boils down to Marvel’s very own webhead. Here are the reasons why.

Friendly Neighborhood Problems

The MCU started the trend of the giant sky beam that was the signal of the beginning of the third act in many superhero films. Once it became a cliche, it started swaying from the trend, however, the stakes of the films always remained massive. In a film about rebel convicts, Guardians of the Galaxy is still about saving the entirety of the universe. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: Homecoming thankfully doesn’t go down that road. It keeps the threats grounded, realistic, and with personal stakes. Spider-Man is a hero of a community, and this film reflects that. The film also skipped a personal stake that had always been covered before.

No Uncle Ben

The MCU likes to do origin stories for almost all of its characters. Captain America: Civil War, though, debuted the MCU version of Spider-Man without giving him an origin. Considering over the course of a little over a decade there had been five Spider-Man films, in which two were origin stories, it’s something most people are familiar with. Uncle Ben, therefore, doesn’t appear in the Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that doesn’t mean his presence isn’t felt. Aunt May and Peter Parker share a conversation which is clearly hinting at Ben’s death, but the movie thankfully doesn’t feel the need to spell this out to the audience. Despite no Uncle Ben, the character of Peter is still the main focus.

Emphasis On Character

The MCU gets a lot of flak from it’s harshest critics with being way too focused on action set pieces rather than telling a real story. What makes Spider-Man: Homecoming so great is placing the action in the context of developing characters. Peter Parker is a conflicted hero, he is a teenager, and that balance is hard to keep straight. So when the villain turns out to be the father of his date, that adds new meaning to their fights. Vulture himself is a very understandable villain, unlike other MCU villains, which tend to be very one-note. Speaking of Vulture…

Stunt Casting That Worked

Michael Keaton, perhaps best known for playing famed DC hero Batman in two films, plays Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. His casting was made a big deal when it happened and there is a reason why. This man is a phenomenal actor and his career had just seen an uptick in popularity due to critically acclaimed Birdman film. To have someone of such caliber play the main villain of the film, and an at best b-list villain from the comics to boot, was a big stunt cast to get more people in the theaters. It worked, spectacularly and now Vulture will forever be remembered as one of the best villains in the MCU. Finally, what does this film do to keep the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man true to his roots?

True To The Vision Of Spider-Man’s Creators

Spider-Man was lighting in a bottle created from the minds of the late great Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. They wanted a young superhero that would have problems. To quote Stand Lee: “Spider-Man is the superhero that could be you.” As a result, he turned out to be arguably the most relatable character in Marvel’s roster from the simple fact of how human and conflicted he is when compared to others. This film captures his essence perfectly, staying true to his creator’s vision. There is even a scene that homages Amazing Spider-Man #33. This film was created for Spider-Man fans by Spider-Man fans.

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