We live in the shadow of a civil war.
Not the American Civil War (although
there’s certainly much to discuss on that
regard) –I’m referring to Marvel’s latest
entries in their bazillion-dollar superhero
The film Captain America: Civil War has
come and gone from theatres but, I still
find it jaw-dropping how much anticipation
there is for a movie like this. Every bus,
cereal box, toothbrush and (likely) kid
was emblazoned with either #TeamCap
or #TeamIronMan. Tickets sold out at
a record pace weeks (!) before the film’s
release as Marvel fans salivated over the
carnage of their favourite heroes colliding
on the big screen and perhaps even getting
Oh yeah, and the return of Spider-Man.
Sorry, Black Panther, I mean no disrespect,
especially since you were amazing in
the film. But the Internet has been
buzzing over the latest incarnation of their
Arguably the most popular character in
the Marvel canon, Spidey hasn’t even
been absent from the big screen for that
long. Remember, it was only two years ago
we were given the travesty that was The
Amazing Spider-Man 2.
But, all of a sudden, everyone has arachnid
fever again. The first tease of Tom Holland
in costume (his “underoos”) in the second
trailer for the next film went viral.
The ensuing announcement of the film’s
released date in summer 2107 (including
the addition of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron
Man to the cast) made fans pop with
So, why the hoopla? After all, as the song
says, how can we miss you if you won’t go
I think it has something to do with the title
of the new film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
No, it doesn’t have the pop of, say, Civil
War (and it is the title of a storyline from
the comic adventuress in the 80s), but
I think that the enthusiasm stems from
what the film implies.
You see, Spider-Man has come home.
Here’s the other civil war I’m talking about.
When the film rights to Spider-Man were
sold to Sony Pictures in the late 1990s,
Spidey was a hot commodity. From the