You may have already heard this, but Tom hollandthird solo Spiderman The movie is going to be great. The kind of great where the multiverse mixes, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets involved, Alfred Molina somehow he returns as Doctor Octopus, and most likely, two different generations of Peter Parkers:Tobey Maguire Y Andrew Garfield, that is, show your face too. The kind of big in which Holland describes the script as “the most ambitious independent superhero movie ever made.”
It all sounds very exciting to the part of me that enjoys when big muscular action figures break together, the part that the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes with an uncritical eye because booms, kapows, and even zlonks are very, very good. . But he’s also kind of a bummer as a fan of Spider-Man, a character set to star in the “most ambitious independent superhero movie ever” who has never been given a chance to be alone in the first place by the MCU.
To be clear up front, Tom Holland is a great Spider-Man, and not just because he can do a real backflip, and not just because he contributed to it. “Umbrella” lip sync to the canon of modern art. (Although both are safe contributing factors.) Holland simply understands the character’s inherent vulnerability. Peter Parkers’ peers gained their superhuman status through the benefits of being a billionaire tech genius, receiving body-altering super serums, being raised as an international assassin, or literally being a god. Spider-Man is the result of the Avengers powers being randomly transferred to a child; The iconic line “with great power comes great responsibility” applies in particular to Spider-Man because those two fundamental principles come into his life at exactly the same time. You have to accept that you can hold a building over your head at an age that most of us can’t even decide on a personality for more than a week. Holland’s performance is best at times when the weight of the MCU overwhelms Peter’s human side; his blatant fear after Vulture (Michael Keaton) buries it under rubble in Spider-Man: Homecoming or, better known, the devastating simplicity of “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” in Avengers: Infinity War.
But the MCU has yet to give Spider-Man a movie that feels as personal as Holland’s performance. The character’s on-screen journey since 2016 has revolved almost exclusively around how he feels about the bigger characters. It was incorporated into the franchise as part of an event film, Captain America: Civil War, with the main objective of impressing Robert Downey Jr.Tony Stark. That hotline was transferred to the principal Jon watts‘ Spider-Man: Homecoming—It’s still the best Spidey movie in the MCU thanks to the Vulture story – and even Spider-Man: Far From Home, a movie haunted by Tony’s ghost. Anything that felt totally unique about Peter Parker’s journey – his sincere misfit awkwardness, his incredibly innocent high school romances, even his undeniable New York flair – has to compete with the bigger picture. Basically, we bypassed Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man and directly Spider-Man becoming Avenger; he became the heir to Tony Stark without ever becoming the first Spider-Man.
New York is really a big part of that, silly as it sounds. It’s crazy to me that the MCU got Spider-Man out of the Big Apple so quickly, following a movie that hardly seemed like it took place in the city with a European romp. Not that spider man hypocrisy working in another city, but New York is a vital part of Peter’s story. The nickname “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” is indicative of some New York loyalty to your block, a very small one., specific kind of protection that Spider-Man possesses, an environment of saving a cat from a tree rivaled only by the great man in blue in DC. We’ve gotten so little of that little thing in Holland’s MCU tenure because their Spider-Man has to connect and disconnect where the bigger story needs him. Rather than being tied to a specific spirit, location, or personality trait, you’re not really tied to anything except the idea of another movie. The ultimate indignity, considering that his superpower is basically sticking to things.
For many reasons, I often think of the only time I was able to speak to the deceased Stan Lee, about the role New York played in bringing the characters to life in a way that DC didn’t. “When I was writing the stories, I was living in New York. It allowed me to make things seem a little more relevant, maybe ” he said. “I wanted Spider-Man to live in Forest Hills, not Metropolis or Gotham City.”
It seems such a small thing, but there is none of that specificity in the MCU’s Spider-Man. Most of its charm comes from Tom Holland himself; the character hails from a vague and personalityless New York, primarily reacting to world-threatening events rather than clarifying who this Peter Parker really is. The most exciting thing the MCU could have done with Spider-Man is announce a standalone story with only one threat: that Far from home Cliffhanger credits is a good start, because, appropriately, the best Spider-Man stories are short stories. Instead, it seems that Spider-Man’s biggest struggle is being the star of his own “independent” characteristics. The only thing we know Spider man 3 is that it introduces many, many other people, a sign that Marvel Studios sees even its most fundamental characters as a single strand of a very crowded network.
But who will play the giraffe?
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