5 Ways to Prep - Spider-Man Homecoming
By George Rose
July 9, 2017
2) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
More often than not, sequels are a letdown. This was not the case with Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi’s stellar follow-up to one of the greatest superhero movies ever. The bad guy was badder (Dr. Octopus), the action was crazier (OMG that fight on the train), the drama was sadder (Mary Jane is engaged to someone else), the stakes are higher (those damn Osborns) and Peter’s stress has never been more debilitating; he literally can’t shoot his web for a good portion of the film after suffering from what I like to call Web-rectile Disfunction. Though it was an interesting plot device, it ultimately doesn’t belong in a movie that should never have had Peter’s web come directly from the little tattoo jizz stains on his forearm.
Since Homecoming is neither a sequel nor a reboot, it’s tough to compare. As a reboot, it needs to aim higher than The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2. Since Homecoming is sort of a sequel to Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man 2’s legendary sequel status might be asking too much. From what the reviews currently say, Homecoming is the second best Spider-Man movie ever after Spider-Man 2 and one of the best superhero movie in years. Being “the best” only lasts for so long, but I’ll take the early word as a positive sign we have a winner on our hands. There never should have been a doubt about that because 1) Marvel doesn’t make bad movies and 2) Tom Holland’s Spider-Man was already received well by critics and audiences just last year.
3) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
There have been almost 20 films in the MCU and it would be unreasonable to expect anyone to watch all of them. That week-long task is reserved for any time a movie starting with Avengers comes out. For now, there’s only one MCU movie you need to catch up on. Given the amount of money it made, it’s safe to assume you’ve seen Civil War. If not, here’s a quick recap: Captain America and Iron man have conflicting ideologies and, as a result, have a superhero civil war. Captain America believes heroes should have more freedom and Iron Man says they should fight within the laws the governments of the world are okay with.
Though the plot isn’t too likely to spill over into Homecoming, Civil War is where Spider-Man makes his first MCU appearance and establishes his relationship with Tony Stark, a prominent character in Homecoming. Since we’ve already seen Spider-Man do Spider-Man things in the first two versions of the franchise, it will be nice to see a Tony Stark’s steroid-injected Spidey super suit! Fans of the cartoon shows will finally get to see the higher-tech Spider-Man we all love in animated form, a version not yet seen on the big screen. I don’t want to spoil the possibilities of Spider-Man’s strongest suit yet by recommending you watch one of the cartoons, but I do recommend you prep for Peter’s relationship with Stark by catching up on Civil War.