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Spider-Man Homecoming

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So I saw the new Spider-Man movie last week. I don’t want to spoil anything, so if you haven’t seen it, go ahead and watch it first! It is so worth it. But if you really want to read my thoughts first, I think you’ll still enjoy it and I’ll try not to give away anything too important to the plot.

There have been a lot of Spider-Man movies in my lifetime but this one was unique. This was the first movie actually set in the Marvel Universe, which means other characters like Captain America and Iron Man could also be mentioned or make an appearance. This movie also provides us with the youngest version of Spider-Man. Not only is the actor younger and actually looks like he is in high school, but he is also only 15 years old in the story instead of a Senior. It’s really cool to see him developing in this movie and knowing that he still has a long way to go. I also particularly enjoyed how Iron Man takes him under his wing and becomes a mentor in the only way Tony Stark can, with a lot of humor, wit, and mistakes. The scene where Peter discovers all of the extra features his suit contains is quite funny. Tony really is the best at making superhero suits, but they can be a bit over the top.

One of my favorite parts of this movie is just how realistic Peter is; he trips, falls, fumbles with his words and it’s just so funny. And he also does those little heroic things that anyone could do, even without a suit, like giving an old lady directions. I also really loved that he doesn’t have to keep his identity a secret from everyone. In both of the previous versions of Spider-Man, Peter is very much alone with his secret, unless a bad guy finds out about him. But in the new movie, not only does his mentor Tony know, but soon his best friend at school finds out too and it makes for a great comedic combination. This movie is full of laughs and all things that make a great Marvel movie.

In addition, the story does not revolve around a love interest as the other Spider-Man movies do. Yes, there is a girl that Peter likes and it’s a fun part of the story. But the plot line in not about getting the girl or saving the girl and that is quite refreshing. All in all this version of Spider-Man is much lighter and more enjoyable than its predecessors. There’s definitely not as much dark brooding or angst but there is plenty of excitement and a very well developed bad guy to keep you engaged with the story.

I highly recommend this movie and I may have just found my favorite version of the Spider-Man character. And as always, make sure to stay to the very end of the credits. Marvel has done it again and there are two end credit scenes.

I’ll just leave you with this preview in case you still need some convincing to see this awesome movie.

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Civil War

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I’ve been joking with all my friends that I’m going to spoil the Civil War for them, then I say “Lee Surrenders and Lincoln dies.” But of course they aren’t talking about the American Civil War, they’re talking about Marvel’s latest movie: Captain America: Civil War. I will try not to give away any big spoilers, but in case you don’t want to see anything about the movie, just go watch it for yourself.

So, first impressions after the movie: wow a lot happened. This movie is over 2 hours long and there are so many characters now in this Marvel Universe, that it can be a bit hard to keep track of them all. I have to admit, I got a little lost with the villain in this movie. He didn’t have red skin, or a metal arm, so I didn’t always realize it was the same guy when he kept popping up in different places. But I think that was part of the point: villains aren’t always trying to take over the world. Sometimes, they’re just normal people who are reacting to their situation in the wrong way. One of the main themes in this film is revenge, which makes sense, I mean we are dealing with the Avengers here. But so many characters are dealing with the loss of someone they really cared about. Tony Stark’s parents and more specifically his mom, were killed when he was younger, one of Steve Rodger’s last friends Peggy Carter dies, a new character loses his father in a terrorist attack, and even our villain has lost his family.

But how the characters respond to this loss is varied. In Cap’s case, Peggy merely died in her sleep. She was old, it was her time. There’s nothing he could do. So he deals with her death in the best way. He goes to her funeral and moves on.

Tony seems to have moved on from his mother’s death, but this is because he doesn’t know who is responsible. He has nowhere to place blame, so he tries to just deal with the sense of loss with technology and recreating how he would have said goodbye to his mom. However, when he discovers who is responsible, he immediately thinks that person should pay, and tries to kill them.

Our villain has lost his entire family and blames the Avenger’s team for their role in it. Though it was not intentional, and the Avengers were trying to save lives, he still holds them responsible and decides to seek revenge by breaking up their team.

And our last character who is dealing with loss, or at least the last one I’m going to look at is the Black Panther. When he first loses his father, he reacts the same way as the villain and Tony: he wants revenge. He tries to kill the person who he blames for the attack, even though we eventually find out that person was framed. As he continues to seek the real cause of his father’s death, he eventually finds the villain. But instead of killing him, as he had unsuccessfully tired to do to the original suspect, Black Panther comes to a realization. Seeking revenge is not the answer, killing this person will not make everything better.

I love this message, especially as a Christian. I couldn’t help thinking of the Bible verse: “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the LORD.” (Romans 12:19) Seeking revenge is consuming and hurtful, not only to others, but to yourself. Jesus teaches us to instead forgive our enemies.

So anyway, this movie was fun, it had plenty of witty dialogue and cool action scenes. The characters were believable and enjoyable to watch. So I hope you enjoy watching this movie as well.

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