Tagged Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Far from Home Takes a Bold Swing into a New Phase

The Spider-Man films have a lot on their shoulders as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise to get an installment post-Endgame. So, after bringing to a close one of the most successful and engaging superhero arcs that has been a constant boil for over a decade, where does Marvel go from here? It’s a stressful step forward that’s just as tense as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) feeling the fear of following in the footsteps of his mentor, Tony Stark....

5 of the Best Gaming Moments of 2018

Video games aren’t perfect. Bugs can break an immersive experience, 13-year-olds can wreck a 20-player kill streak, and one small line of code can disrupt an entire sequence that a developer worked for years to get just right. Video games aren’t perfect, but moments can be. When done right, moments can provide perfect windows into exactly what a developer was trying to accomplish and turn a good video game into something transcendent. And 2018 was filled with a few perfect...

Jump into the Spider-Verse for the Best Spider-Man Tale to Hit the Big Screen

Over the past two decades, there have been somewhere around 67 different Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) swinging into theaters as part of their respective re-reboots of the franchise. It’s easy to feel exhausted at the idea of sitting through yet another Spidey origin story, disillusioned by all the awfulness to come before it. But not this time. Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doubles down—in fact, septuples down—on your love of friendly neighborhood protectors, and it’s a real winner of a...

Venom Gets Sloppy with Antihero Hijinks

Venom is a film that involves more conflict with its tone than with its infected antihero. It’s a battle of humor, heroism, and horror, struggling with itself and unable to decide which route to take. All this thrashing in bringing the Spider-Man villain to the big screen with his first solo film brings about a mutant concoction that sways between creature-feature boredom and over-the-top buddy comedy. All I could think of while watching this faulty film was how much...

The New Spider-Man Game Is a Great New York City Simulator that Also Lets You Beat Up Bad Guys

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be Spider-Man? To swing through the iconic New York City skyline? To acrobatically dodge bullets as you take down a group of would be bank robbers? To be evicted from your apartment because you can’t keep a job thanks to your crime fighting? Well, good news! Marvel’s Spider-Man lets you live out all of those webhead fantasies and then some. But the real question is, is it worth your...

No, YOU Move! Standing Up for What’s Right with Superheroes

A particular exchange between Captain America and Spider-Man has long been one of my favorite quotes. Spidey is asking Cap how he deals with the world when it’s pitted against him. Cap gives a longer response, but the iconic end is: “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else:...

With a Great Reboot Comes Great Relatability in Spider-Man: Homecoming

My first introduction to Peter Parker was by way of a ’90s guitar riff. This was common for me back in the day, as I was prone to watching animated representations of the characters that graced the pages of my dad’s comic books. Since then, there have been several more interpretations of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, some of which have made it onto the big screen. We could probably empty out several web cartridges on whether or not Tobey...

Fight Evil on a Personal Level by Finding Your Inner Superheroes

I remember when I was around 13 and bought yet another Spider-Man action figure. My mother was not happy about it—she expected me to be past the age of being into such “childish” things. Well, I’m now 34 and still very much a fan of all things superhero. I’m not ashamed of it, though I should acknowledge that it does help to live in a world in which superhero and geek culture is more alive and accepted than it...

Stop Overstuffing Superhero Movies Already!

Comic book superheroes movies have become the mainstream film genre of the decade and every studio wants a piece of the pie. To stay with that metaphor, studios take their tray up to the comic book franchise buffet and prepare to return to their table with a full plate of entertaining content. However, in fearing the fans won’t be satisfied, the studios and creatives begin to pile their plates up with as much “food” as possible. They begin to...

Cis Boom Blah: Going for the Joke in Deadpool

According to weekend box-office figures, you’ve probably seen already seen Deadpool. Fox’s film about the Merc with the Mouth has made so much money that unborn children and dogs have probably seen Deadpool by this point, so a review or recommendation would be fairly academic. A review would also be superfluous because even as action movies go, it’s fairly uncomplicated, both in execution and in its marketing appeal—even if you somehow haven’t seen it, you already know whether you’d...
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