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Spider-Man: Ranking the Villains, From all the Movie Universes

Over the last ten years, Spider-Man has come in many shapes and forms on the big screen, with several incarnations adapted from the comics to live-action. While we have a number of actors taking on the web-slinging role, all of the films have had several iconic Spidey villains come to life from the pages of the comics. With the latest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, hitting theaters recently, it’s time to rank the many villains that we have seen on the big screen.

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Disclaimer: this list is focusing solely on the villains who pretty much served as the big bad or shared the position as the main antagonist in the same film. So don’t expect any of the Shockers, the supporting villains from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and more. If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, be aware of some major spoilers below.

11 Venom (Spider-Man 3)

The controversial disaster that was Spider-Man 3, the end of Sam Raimi’s trilogy, came with more negatives than positives for several reasons. One of them was Topher Grace’s Eddie Brock a.k.a. Venom as the sequel brought the Symbiote to life in live-action. Given that Raimi hadn’t even planned for Venom to serve a large role in this installment, it’s understandable why the execution was also a mess in the end. At the same time, this is also one of those cases where the actor was completely wrong for the role.

10 Green Goblin (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

While the Marc Webb franchise started strongly, it, unfortunately, ended too soon with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In an effort of fleshing out an attempted cinematic universe rather than make a strong sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was crowded with plot points and baddies. One of them was Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn who in this re-imagination of the Spider-Man universe became the Green Goblin way too fast.

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There was never a problem with DeHaan as Harry, but it was the idea of making him into the Goblin so quickly. In a film that was already dealing with a major threat, introducing Harry for the first time in this franchise and making him into a villain without getting to explore the character first, was a big downfall. It almost felt like his transformation only happened so he could fulfill the role of getting Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) killed, adapting the classic comic.

9 Green Goblin II (Spider-Man 3)

With James Franco’s Harry Osborn, this is where things went into the right direction. The trilogy took its time to get Harry from being Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) to one of his enemies, only to be redeemed in the end. Despite the many rushed aspects of Spider-Man 3, Harry’s journey into being the next Goblin felt earned. It also helped that at the end, Harry does make the heroic sacrifice after the big showdown.

8 Electro (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

Jaime Foxx brought Max Dillon a.k.a Electro to life in the second installment in the Webb franchise, meant to be the big antagonist of that film. Setting Max up as someone who had a pretty sad life, it was easy to connect with him and understand how his messed up transformation got to his mind.

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It was also brilliant setting Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) up as his idol only for him to be turned into the person Max hated the most. While it was inspired to use the Ultimate Electro look, it would have still been appreciated if his green and yellow costume had somehow been adapted rather than some dull black leather suit.

7 Kingpin (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse brought the Spidey universe into animation and did a lot of characters right. One of them was the powerful Wilson Fisk a.k.a the Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) whose plot was both villainous, but also tragic. Wilson has always been one of the more complex forces in the Spider-Man mythology and this film made sure to introduce that aspect to new fans. The idea that he was simply trying to find his family from a different universe was heartbreaking, despite the fact that it was putting New York at risk.

6 Sandman (Spider-Man 3)

Set to be the actual main baddie in Spider-Man 3, Thomas Haden Church was actually the best villain out of the trio we had. Similarly to other villains, Flint Marco was also set up as a tragic foe for Spider-Man. From him initially trying to save his very sick daughter to being the man who accidentally shot Uncle Ben (Cliff Robertson) in the first movie, you were able to feel for Sandman.

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One of the pivotal scenes that pulls your heartstrings is when Flint explains to Peter what actually happened that night and how Ben’s death was a complete accident. Despite this sequel’s weakness, the Sandman was definitely not one of them.

5 Green Goblin (Spider-Man)

While we have yet to see Norman Osborn join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Willem Dafoe’s take on the character in the first Spider-Man movie is still one of the most iconic portrayals. While the costume can be discussed, it doesn’t take away from the great performance of Dafoe and the role he would play in Harry’s journey despite dying at the end of this film. There is too much to love from this incarnation, from the fights with Spider-Man, the famous Goblin voice, and so much more.

4 Lizard (The Amazing Spider-Man)

In The Amazing Spider-Man, we got off to a strong start in terms of villains with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) a.k.a. the Lizard. This is definitely that franchise’s best villain simply because this was a man who didn’t actually want to be evil. All he wanted was to help humanity evolve further when it came to health as he was looking to gain a new arm. The connection that they set up between him and Peter through Richard Parker (Campbell Scott) was one of the brilliant moves of that film. It also helped that the design for the Lizard was absolutely amazing. Similarly to Electro, this was also another tragic enemy who wasn’t evil for the sake of being evil.

3 Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

When Spider-Man officially joined the MCU, the franchise got off to a strong start and part of that was Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we see Adrian as pretty much Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) but as a regular guy. It was a smart move to open the film up from Adrian’s point of view where the system screwed him over when all he wanted was to be a good man for his family. You could actually understand where he was coming from even though his methods were probably not ideal. However, it still doesn’t change the fact that the Vulture is one of the best villains we have seen in the live-action Spider-Man films.

2 Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2)

From the Raimi trilogy, the award for the strongest antagonist goes to Alfred Molina as Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Dr. Octopus. Sticking to the tragedy that some of these Spidey villains go through, in Spider-Man 2 we see how a good man like Otto was taken by the darkness after an unfortunate accident. Setting him up as a role model for Peter only to become one of the most dangerous men that New York ever faced was compelling in itself. Then we have the Octopus aspect that needs to be praised given that this was done back in 2004. All of this is what makes Molina’s performance of Dr. Octopus so memorable to this day.

1 Mysterio (Spider-Man: Far From Home)

While we have had so many powerful portrayals of some of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck a.k.a Mysterio took the idea of being a Spidey villain to a whole new level. It’s hard to pick what is loved more about his Mysterio. For starters, the film really showcased the idea of a villain who was a special effects maker while also being a complete mastermind. It could have been easy to make him cheesy, but instead, Spider-Man: Far From Home made him the best villain that any Spider-Man film has had thus far. He also gets bonus points for being able to mess with Peter (Tom Holland) big time despite the fact that he is dead. From all the amazing action scenes against Spidey to the execution of his trickery and illusion, Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio earns the number 1 spot without a doubt.

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2019-07-15 01:07:35

Andy Behbakht

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Fury & Captain Marvel Moment Makes No Sense

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s shout-out to Captain Marvel is arguably the movie’s most confusing moment. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) barked at Peter Parker (Tom Holland) for even mentioning Carol Danvers but, in light of the revelation that Talos the Skrull (Ben Mendelsohn) was posing as Fury all along in Spider-Man: Far From Home, his reaction to Peter asking about Captain Marvel takes on an entirely different context – although it still doesn’t entirely make sense.

Picking up in 2o24, eight months after Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home spotlights how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dealing with the aftermath of The Blip, which is the new name for Thanos’ snap. For Peter, the summer after Avengers: Endgame was a chance to go on a European vacation with his friends and tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her – until Nick Fury sabotages Peter’s holiday and recruits Spider-Man to help Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) save the world. Of course, it turns out the global crisis of other-dimensional Elemental monsters was created by the real villain, Mysterio, to trick the world so he can become the new Iron Man, i.e. the world’s greatest superhero.

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But before Peter found out the truth about Beck, he was reluctantly tapped by Fury and brought to the spy’s operating base in Venice, Italy. Once he understood that fighting the Elementals would pull Peter away from what he really wanted – a vacation with his friends and his romantic chance with MJ – Spider-Man bowed out of the mission and suggested some alternate choices, like Thor, who is in outer space, and Doctor Strange, who is “unavailable”. But when Peter mentioned Captain Marvel, Fury/Talos snapped, “Don’t invoke her name!

The line plays as one of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s many jokes and MCU references, but is there a deeper reason for Fury/Talos’ curious response to invoking Captain Marvel’s name? One way to look at it is that Talos is intensely loyal to Captain Marvel and, given what Talos and the Skrulls owe her, it’s understandable why the affable shapeshifter would be protective of Carol Danvers. Indeed, Carol turned against the Kree Starforce (who were manipulating her and keeping her powers in check) and fought on the side of the Skrulls, who were being exterminated by the Kree. Captain Marvel ended with Carol escorting the Skrulls to find a new homeworld in another part of the universe. Essentially, Captain Marvel reunited Talos with his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn) and saved his people so it’s natural the Skrull would feel he owes her everything.

And perhaps, having knowledge of how busy Danvers is (as evidenced by Captain Marvel missing much of Avengers: Endgame so that she can police the galaxy), Talos simply felt she shouldn’t need to be bothered by coming back to Earth to deal with the Elementals, especially when the Terran homeworld has the Avengers and other superheroes to call upon – like Spider-Man.

However, there’s another potential way to look at Fury/ Talos getting angry at Peter mentioning Captain Marvel: what if the Skrull is actually angry at her for some unknown reason? After all, the events of Captain Marvel occurred in 1995, which was 29 years before Spider-Man: Far From Home. A lot of things could have transpired between Talos/the Skrulls and Carol Danvers during those three decades and we know Talos returned to Earth and became Nick Fury’s double for an unknown amount of time, along with Soren, who poses as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The real Fury is, in fact, working with the Skrulls on a secret mission in outer space, possibly to establish S.W.O.R.D., the outer-space version of S.H.I.E.L.D., in order to counteract Kree sleeper cells on Earth.

Therefore, it’s possible that at some point between 1995 and 2024, Captain Marvel and Talos had a falling out or that whatever the Skrulls and the real Nick Fury are working on is something they don’t necessarily want to involve Carol Danvers. While there isn’t much info to go on, trying to understand the context of why Fury/Talos wanted Captain Marvel’s name kept off the table is the only way to make that moment in Spider-Man: Far From Home make sense.

Next: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)


2019-07-14 02:07:24

John Orquiola

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Fury & Captain Marvel Moment Makes No Sense

Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s shout-out to Captain Marvel is arguably the movie’s most confusing moment. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) barked at Peter Parker (Tom Holland) for even mentioning Carol Danvers but, in light of the revelation that Talos the Skrull (Ben Mendelsohn) was posing as Fury all along in Spider-Man: Far From Home, his reaction to Peter asking about Captain Marvel takes on an entirely different context – although it still doesn’t entirely make sense.

Picking up in 2o24, eight months after Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home spotlights how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is dealing with the aftermath of The Blip, which is the new name for Thanos’ snap. For Peter, the summer after Avengers: Endgame was a chance to go on a European vacation with his friends and tell MJ (Zendaya) how he feels about her – until Nick Fury sabotages Peter’s holiday and recruits Spider-Man to help Quentin Beck aka Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) save the world. Of course, it turns out the global crisis of other-dimensional Elemental monsters was created by the real villain, Mysterio, to trick the world so he can become the new Iron Man, i.e. the world’s greatest superhero.

Related: Spider-Man: Far From Home’s 20 Biggest Unanswered Questions

But before Peter found out the truth about Beck, he was reluctantly tapped by Fury and brought to the spy’s operating base in Venice, Italy. Once he understood that fighting the Elementals would pull Peter away from what he really wanted – a vacation with his friends and his romantic chance with MJ – Spider-Man bowed out of the mission and suggested some alternate choices, like Thor, who is in outer space, and Doctor Strange, who is “unavailable”. But when Peter mentioned Captain Marvel, Fury/Talos snapped, “Don’t invoke her name!

The line plays as one of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s many jokes and MCU references, but is there a deeper reason for Fury/Talos’ curious response to invoking Captain Marvel’s name? One way to look at it is that Talos is intensely loyal to Captain Marvel and, given what Talos and the Skrulls owe her, it’s understandable why the affable shapeshifter would be protective of Carol Danvers. Indeed, Carol turned against the Kree Starforce (who were manipulating her and keeping her powers in check) and fought on the side of the Skrulls, who were being exterminated by the Kree. Captain Marvel ended with Carol escorting the Skrulls to find a new homeworld in another part of the universe. Essentially, Captain Marvel reunited Talos with his wife Soren (Sharon Blynn) and saved his people so it’s natural the Skrull would feel he owes her everything.

And perhaps, having knowledge of how busy Danvers is (as evidenced by Captain Marvel missing much of Avengers: Endgame so that she can police the galaxy), Talos simply felt she shouldn’t need to be bothered by coming back to Earth to deal with the Elementals, especially when the Terran homeworld has the Avengers and other superheroes to call upon – like Spider-Man.

However, there’s another potential way to look at Fury/ Talos getting angry at Peter mentioning Captain Marvel: what if the Skrull is actually angry at her for some unknown reason? After all, the events of Captain Marvel occurred in 1995, which was 29 years before Spider-Man: Far From Home. A lot of things could have transpired between Talos/the Skrulls and Carol Danvers during those three decades and we know Talos returned to Earth and became Nick Fury’s double for an unknown amount of time, along with Soren, who poses as Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). The real Fury is, in fact, working with the Skrulls on a secret mission in outer space, possibly to establish S.W.O.R.D., the outer-space version of S.H.I.E.L.D., in order to counteract Kree sleeper cells on Earth.

Therefore, it’s possible that at some point between 1995 and 2024, Captain Marvel and Talos had a falling out or that whatever the Skrulls and the real Nick Fury are working on is something they don’t necessarily want to involve Carol Danvers. While there isn’t much info to go on, trying to understand the context of why Fury/Talos wanted Captain Marvel’s name kept off the table is the only way to make that moment in Spider-Man: Far From Home make sense.

Next: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)


2019-07-14 02:07:24

John Orquiola

Spider-Man: Far From Home Almost Had Donald Glover Cameo

Spider-Man: Far From Home nearly had a cameo appearance from Donald Glover as Aaron Davis. Glover had a small supporting role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose petty criminal was seen buying weapons stolen by Michael Keaton’s Vulture, and later gave Peter some information after a none-too-impressive attempt at interrogation, despite failing to find him in any way intimidating.

Aaron Davis is a character taken from the Ultimate universe of Marvel comics who becomes its version of the Prowler, a skilled cat burglar armed with a battle suit and gauntlets capable of firing shock waves. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Davies had yet to adopt the supervillain mantle, although his attempt to purchase high tech weaponry suggests he was on his way there. Also, a mention of his nephew was a reference to Miles Morales, which confirmed the existence of the future Ultimate Spider-Man within the world of the film. A different version of Davis was featured far more prominently as a villain in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, seeing him fully formed as the Prowler and an employee of the Kingpin.

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The story of Glover’s potential involvement came from THR, relayed during an interview with Spider-Man: Far From Home writers Chris McKenna and Eric Sommars, revealing that the idea was one of several bandied about that never made it into the final film. They both loved the character and wanted to bring him back, but after the story’s development ended up taking Peter and his classmates to Europe so quickly, the idea was dropped since it simply didn’t fit anywhere. McKenna lamented, “Some ideas you just have to give up.

Glover has further history with Spider-Man beyond the MCU/Sony outing, having previously voiced Miles Morales in a couple episodes of season 3 of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. He appeared as part of a multi-episode arc that saw Norman Osborn travel across the multiverse to gather DNA samples from the various Spider-People to transform himself into the formidable Spider-Goblin.

Although the capacity in which Glover would have appeared was not specified, it’s likely that it would have been something like a brief scene seeing Peter clashing with Davies as the Prowler, possibly foiling a robbery that the latter was in the middle of committing. His presence is potentially an important one, as it’s likely through him that Miles Morales would be introduced into the world of the films, and from there the use of multiple Spider-People like those seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Even though it would have been nice to see him again in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as the film stands there really wasn’t the space to include him without it seeming forced, and the decision to leave him out was probably the right one in the end.

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Source: THR


2019-07-13 08:07:19

Andrew Marshall

5 Reasons Spider-Man Should Be The New Iron Man (& 5 Reasons He Shouldn’t)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the epilogue to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ‘Infinity Saga.’ With the status quo restored at the cost of Iron Man’s life (and the Hulk’s arm,) it only makes sense that the last film in Phase Three centers around Tony Stark’s protege – Peter Parker.

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Now that Tony Stark and Natalia Romanoff are deceased, Steve Rogers is retired, and Bruce Banner is disabled, MCU fans are wondering who will carry on their stead? We know that Sam Wilson is the current Captain America, but who will become the new Iron Man? Most signs indicate that Peter Parker will eventually fill that role. We here at Screenrant can think of plenty of reasons why Spider-Man should fill Iron Man’s rocket-powered boots, and why he shouldn’t.

10 Peter’s More Humble Than Tony Was (Should)

We hesitate to use the term ‘pure of heart’ when describing Peter Parker, but it’s difficult not to. The kid is a sincere and down-to-earth hero who took it upon himself to become Spider-Man in the first place. Tony Stark, on the only hand, only became a hero after his run-in with the Ten Rings.

In his teens, Parker understood that “with great power, comes great responsibility.” That’s what Tony loved about Peter so much – this poor kid from Queens had more empathy for his fellow man than a billionaire playboy from Long Island did at the same age. Peter is an optimistic and hopeful hero, akin to Steve Rogers in many ways. If he were to become the new Iron Man, he could merge Cap’s humility with Iron Man’s intellect.

9 He’s Also Far Less Experienced (Shouldn’t)

One could also argue that Peter’s hope and optimism are byproducts of his naivete. As tough as Pete’s home life and backstory have been, he’s also yet to step into the adult world and face even more complex issues. Tony was a trailblazer in the MCU, figuring out almost everything as he went along as well. However, the stakes were much less intense when Stark first became a hero.

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At the start of Iron Man’s career, the worst threat he had to face was Obadiah Stane. If Peter were to become the new Iron Man, he’d need to be more experienced than Tony at the start of his new career. There’s a real possibility that the ‘Iron Spider’ would have to face someone like MODOK, Baron Zemo, Dormammu, or Doctor Doom.

8 He’d Have Access To Extremely Advanced Tech (Should)

As we’ve seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter’s already managed to save the day using a few of Stark’s inventions. Peter’s life would become 1 million times easier if he had access to all of Iron Man’s suits and tech. Villains like the Vulture, Scorpion, and Venom (should he come at Peter foul) wouldn’t stand a chance against the might of Stark Industries!

Peter could also use that tech to be an even better friendly neighborhood Spider-Man; he could use Stark’s resources to help build new structures for his fellow New Yorkers as well as make Queen’s much more eco-friendly. We imagine that Peter would only receive full access to Tony’s tech after meeting certain conditions, such as keeping a clean record and finishing Grad School.

7 All Of Stark’s Enemies Becomes Parker’s (Shouldn’t)

On the other hand, “heavy is the head that wears the crown.” If Peter became the new Iron Man, he’d inherit Tony’s enemies as well as his technology. We’re not just talking about Justin ‘Smooth Moves’ Hammer either; Peter would earn the ire of AIM and the real Mandarin – who’s an international terrorist!

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The last thing that Tony, Pepper, or Happy would want is to see another good man die while trying to bear the burden of being Iron Man. It’s bad enough that Pete might have to battle Kraven the Hunter soon. The Wall Crawler can’t take on the Sinister Six as well as the remnants of Tony’s rogue’s gallery.

6 Tony Became Peter’s Surrogate Father (Should)

Of course, one could argue that Peter feels indebted to Tony and would willingly become the new Iron Man regardless of the potential threats that await him. From Pete’s perspective, Mr. Stark believed in him when few others even knew that he existed. Without a father figure in his life (after Ben Parker’s death,) Peter started looking up to Tony as the father he never had.

Others might want to become the new Iron Man because of the prestige and power that comes with the role. However, Peter would likely follow in Tony’s footsteps because he’d feel it’s his duty. Pete probably blames himself for Tony’s death, even though it’s not his fault. Maybe taking up his mentor’s mantle could give him a sense of closure.

5 Pete Would Need Pepper, Happy, and Morgan’s Blessings (Shouldn’t)

Peter isn’t the only person who’s close to Tony Stark, however. The Armored Avenger is survived by his wife, his best friend, and his daughter – all of which could have mixed feelings about anyone else taking up the Iron Man mantle.

From the looks of things, Pepper will likely continue to help people as Rescue. However, she’s a widowed mother now and needs to be there for Morgan. Mrs. Stark could resent the very concept of Iron Man, viewing it as a role that took her husband from her. Conversely, Pepper and Happy might intend to encourage Morgan to follow in her father’s footsteps when she comes of age. Either way, the Stark family may not want anyone else to become the new Iron Man while they’re still processing their grief.

4 Others Might Abuse Stark’s Resources (Should)

We should also consider the context of a person’s character when it is time to choose a new Iron Man; there won’t be any shortage of potential candidates who are smart, strong, and techno-savvy – more than Peter might be. But without strong morals and a genuine desire to do good, the role and power that comes with being Iron Man could be squandered at best and used to do evil at worst!

If we compare the Avengers to characters from Arthurian Legend, then Peter is the Sir Galahad of the team. His moral compass is firmly set in the right direction, and his intentions are some of the purest in the MCU. Mjolnir might not think that Peter’s worthy enough to inherit the powers of Thor, but we think he might be worthy of becoming the new Iron Man if he meets certain conditions in the future.

3 Being Iron Man Could Destroy Peter’s Life (Shouldn’t)

Conversely, becoming the new Iron Man might be too big of a responsibility for Peter to handle. By his admission, Tony became addicted to the role and couldn’t stop – periodically causing him and Pepper to separate. Tony also developed acute anxiety issues after the Battle of New York – cursing him with recurring panic attacks for many years.

A wise man said that “the road to Hell is paved in good intentions.” What if Peter becomes obsessed with the role and alienates Aunt May, Ned, MJ, and anyone else who cares about him? Tony created Ultron when his fears and anxieties got the better of him. We shudder to think about what brilliant man like Peter Parker might do if his psyche deteriorates.

2 Earth Will Need Someone Like Iron Man, Soon (Should)

For all of the pain and suffering that resulted from Tony’s time as Iron Man, one shouldn’t gloss over all the good he did. Tony’s arc reactor technology has the potential to revolutionize the world. Humans never showed that we were ready for such powerful technology during Tony’s lifetime, but we could reach that point during Peter’s.

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You can also bet, as sure as the Sun rises, that Thanos isn’t the worst threat the MCU will see. Thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox, we’re bound to see Doctor Doom and Galactus in the MCU! And even if they don’t show up anytime soon, the Living Tribunal might want to know what happened to Infinity Stones. Who’s to say how he’ll react when he learns that we let a Mad Titan have his way with them. Suffice it to say that the MCU will need a hero of Tony Stark’s caliber. Peter might be the best candidate for becoming the new Iron Man because he’s already so similar to Tony in so many ways.

1 Spider-Man Needs To Establish Himself (Shouldn’t)

As beautiful and heartfelt as Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony Stark is, Spider-Man has to strike out and cement his legacy. Currently, Peter’s stories have centered around his relationship with Tony. Even his suits are products of Stark Industries – not creations designed using his intellect alone.

Perhaps the best reason that Peter shouldn’t become the new Iron Man is that he needs to further develop as the MCU’s first Spider-Man. Referencing Into The Spider-Verse, Peter B. Parker told Miles Morales during a pivotal scene “don’t do it like me. Do it like you.” If Tony could, he’d undoubtedly encourage his protege and surrogate son to do the same. Thanks to Robert Downey Jr. this generation already has a definitive Iron Man. Toby Maguire is the definitive Spider-Man of a bygone era. We don’t need a new Iron Man just right now – the MCU needs its definitive Spider-Man.

NEXT: 10 Questions About The MCU We Still Have After Spider-Man: Far From Home


2019-07-13 07:07:41

Caleb Bailey

Spider-Man: Every Iron Man Reference Hidden In Far From Home

Warning: SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home ahead.

Spider-Man: Far From Home follows Peter Parker as he copes with the death of his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), with the film featuring a string of references to the fallen hero. The inaugural Marvel Cinematic Universe hero met his end in Avengers: Endgame after he made the sacrificial play to ensure the universe was free of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) threat. Stark put on the secondary Infinity Gauntlet he made and wielded the power of all six Infinity Stones, snapping the Mad Titan and his minions away, which killed him in the process. Stark left a grateful world behind, but those who were close to him continue to grieve his demise, including Peter.

Stark’s death is an integral part of Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s story, so while he’s no longer physically present, his presence loomed large in the sequel. Spider-Man: Far From Home tackled how Tony’s death affects how Peter operates as a superhero moving forward. Plagued with questions about who’s going to be the next Iron Man, Peter was initially skeptical of becoming the Spider-Man again, opting to go on a recreational trip to Europe without the burden of being the friendly-neighborhood hero. Incidentally, the primary MacGuffin of Far From Home is a piece of Stark technology known as E.D.I.T.H. (Even Dead I’m The Hero). It’s accessed by the very same sunglasses that the genius, billionaire wore during the battle in New York against Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian at the start of Avengers: Infinity War. The glasses were left behind for Peter to use, while Mysterio’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) ruse was all to get his hands on them.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home paid homage to Tony Stark in various ways throughout the movie. From murals to direct references, here are all the hidden tributes to MCU’s Iron Man in various forms in the Spider-Man: Far From Home.

MidTown’s “In Memoriam” Newscast

In an effort to fully acknowledge the ramifications of the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home opened up with an “In Memoriam” as part of MidTown Tech’s newscast. It addressed the events surrounding Thanos’ snap now called The Blip. Through the fittingly amateur-looking video set to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Aways Love You,” the high school remembered all those we’ve lost during the battle against the Mad Titan, such as Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Tony Stark.

Far From Home’s Iron Man Murals

Throughout Spider-Man: Far From Home, Iron Man murals can be seen – even inside Peter’s classroom, supposedly made by the students themselves. Giant illustrations of the fallen hero, on the other hand, are visible in some of the cities, starting with a massive one in New York. Spider-Man attends the charity work hosted by Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), but as he was plagued with questions about who’s going to be the next Iron Man, the overwhelmed hero abruptly left and swung to a roof to get some alone time. There, he saw an artwork of Iron Man looming large, further highlighting the enormous void that Tony Stark left after his demise.

Peter opted to move forward by joining the much-needed recreational trip to Europe, but even across the pond, he’s haunted by the tragic demise of Stark as the world remembers Iron Man. He’s greeted by another gigantic mural of the fallen Avenger immediately after he lands in Venice. When the trip moved to Prague instead of Paris, thanks to Nick Fury-disguised Talos’ ministrations, Peter once again came across another street art of Stark. This time, however, it was in a smaller form at the side of the street. After he handed out E.D.I.T.H. to Mysterio, Peter excitedly walks back to their hotel when he passes by a graffiti of Iron Man with candles, photos, and flowers offered for the hero.

Out of all the three Iron Man murals in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the one from Prague is arguably the most meaningful. While its predecessors were more massive in scale, the smaller artwork also subtly featured Stark’s face mashed up with his Iron Man helmet. It was also spotted right after Peter haphazardly chose to fully take his hands off of the mission, easily giving up E.D.I.T.H. despite that fact that Stark had specific orders to give it to him.

The Heart of Iron In-Universe MCU Movie

Even high above the sky, it didn’t seem like Peter can escape his grieve over Stark’s death in Spider-Man: Far From Home. During his flight from New York to Venice, he was forced to sit with the chatty Mr. Harrington (Martin Starr) after his scheme to sit with MJ (Zendaya) backfired. Annoyed at the circumstance, he checked the in-flight entertainment aircraft and there were several in-universe films tackling some of the most recent events in the MCU, including The Heart of Iron: The Tony Stark Story. As the title suggests, the in-universe movie is a 114-minute feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and legacy left behind by the world’s greatest hero, Tony Stark.”

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AC/DC’s “Back in Black” Song From Iron Man 1

Outside of his budding romance with Aunt May, the involvement of Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Far From Home is mostly in reference to Tony Stark. Jon Favreau’s MCU character was used sparingly in the movie, but he was utilized effectively. At his lowest point in the film having been defeated by Mysterio twice, Peter called Happy to pick him up in the Netherlands via the Stark Jet. The pair bonded over their shared loss during their heart-to-heart talk and it was an integral moment in the young hero’s arc as he prepared to fully take on the responsibility of defeating Mysterio.

But without any Spider-Man suit with him, Happy gave Peter access to Stark’s secret workshop in the aircraft. Peter gladly jumped on the  opportunity to create his own armor, and the whole sequence was executed that it paralleled to how Stark tinkered on his technology. In fact, a number of Spider-Man comic suits appeared in the Stark lab. Happy further highlighted that parallel when he put on AC/DC’s “Back in Black” – the opening song to Iron Man. It’s a meta-reference more than anything, but there’s something poignant about Happy watching this new hero work like he did with his deceased friend/boss.

Marvel Studios developed Stark and Peter’s relationship over the years after the former’s entry in the MCU via Captain America: Civil War. Since then, they’ve appeared in three more films – Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film in this version of Spider-Man that Iron Man is no longer around, and obviously, Marvel had to acknowledge this significant change. But the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home also signals Peter coming out of the shadow of his mentor. While his relationship with Stark will remain to be an integral part of his character, he will have his own identity separate from Iron Man moving forward.

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2019-07-13 07:07:14

Ana Dumaraog

Sam Raimi Still Thinks About Spider-Man 4 | ScreenRant

Director Sam Raimi says he still thinks about his unmade Spider-Man 4. Raimi is best known for creating The Evil Dead, but he also dabbled in superhero movies in the early 2000s. Raimi directed a total of three Spider-Man films from 2002 to 2007 starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.

Despite Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy making Sony a ton of money at the box office, the series was rebooted in 2012 with Andrew Garfield as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. That being said, Raimi had plans for a fourth Spider-Man movie before it was canceled. Raimi didn’t want to rush Spider-Man 4, but Sony had to keep making Spider-Man movies or the rights to the character would revert back to Marvel. The film was expected to star John Malkovich as the Vulture and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat, while also including a montage at the beginning of Spider-Man battling villains like Rhino, Shocker, Prowler, and even Mysterio (who would have been played by Bruce Campbell). Unfortunately, the sequel never happened, but Raimi still thinks about it to this day.

Related: The Plot Of Sam Raimi’s Cancelled Spider-Man 4

When Yahoo interviewed Raimi about the recently released Crawl, which Raimi produced, he briefly talked about his unmade Spider-Man film. Raimi explained that he frequently thinks about what could have been saying,

“I think about it all the time. It’s hard not to, because each summer another Spider-Man film comes out! So when you have an unborn one, you can’t help but think what might have been. But I try to focus on what will be, and not look into the past.”.

While Raimi has turned more to producing horror movies these days, he previously revealed that he would be open to directing another Marvel movie at some point. That being said, his Marvel movie probably wouldn’t be Spider-Man 4 since Sony and Marvel are seeing so much success with Tom Holland as the famous web-slinger. There has been a lot of fan art recently imagining Maguire, Garfield, and Holland in a live-action Spider-Verse movie, but that is only wishful thinking at this point.

As mentioned previously, fans have widely accepted Holland as Spider-Man, but there are those that still think that the 2004 Spider-Man 2 is still one of the best superhero movies ever made. Spider-Man 3 was a disappointment to many, but if Raimi would have gotten another shot with Spider-Man 4, he could have ended his series on a high note. While many fans would be thrilled to finally get Spider-Man 4, it’s extremely unlikely that will ever happen.

More: How Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy Set Up The Lizard

Source: Yahoo


2019-07-13 06:07:50

Christopher Fiduccia

Spider-Man: The MCU Has Failed Uncle Ben (& Peter Parker With Him)

Warning! Contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home. 

Spider-Man: Far From Home deals with Tony Stark’s legacy after Avengers: Endgame, but that means the MCU ends up failing Uncle Ben – and Peter Parker along with him. Building on the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home further explores the relationship between Tony and Peter, only this time filtered through the lens of Iron Man’s death.

That’s great for Tony Stark’s character arc, and thus the MCU as a whole, because it’s another element that helps tie together the 22-movie Infinity Saga that makes up Phases 1-3. But it’s not so great in terms of telling a Spider-Man story, because it means Marvel is ignoring one of the defining aspects of his character, especially in Spider-Man: Far From Home: Uncle Ben.

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When Marvel Studios got the rights to use Spider-Man, they wisely decided not to do another origin story. With two movies this century already dedicated to showing Uncle Ben’s death, it wasn’t something that needed to be shown again. And that itself is fine, but it now means they’ve wasted the impact Uncle Ben could and should have had on Peter Parker in the MCU.

When Marvel decided to introduce an already active Spider-Man into the MCU during Captain America: Civil War, it meant that we weren’t going to be seeing Uncle Ben’s death, nor Spider-Man’s origin spinning out from it. Everyone knows who Spider-Man is by now, of course, so it wasn’t really necessary. But they’ve gone even further by avoiding Uncle Ben as much as possible.

In both Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, there are vague references to Uncle Ben and his absence from the lives of Peter and his Aunt May. Peter keeps his secret from May because he doesn’t want to risk hurting her, since she’s been so affected by Ben’s death, but that’s more implied than it is directly spelled out. Spider-Man: Homecoming did almost have a bigger reference towards Ben, with writer John Francis Daley wanting to include a scene where May gave Peter some of Ben’s old clothes before the Homecoming dance, but it was eventually scrapped.

That’s indicative of Marvel’s entire approach to Uncle Ben in the MCU. They’re content to not properly mention him and instead allow audiences to read what they want into it, which isn’t really a fitting substitute for having an actual character.

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In Spider-Man: Far From Home, we do get a more direct reference to Uncle Ben, with Peter using a suitcase bearing the initials ‘BFP’, which stand for Benjamin Franklin Parker. At first, this seems like a nice little touch, with Peter using his uncle’s old suitcase for his summer abroad. But then as Spider-Man: Far From Home goes on, and we see how it uses that suitcase contrasted to how it pays respect to Tony Stark, and it isn’t just avoiding Uncle Ben, but actively undermining him too.

When Spider-Man is battling Mysterio, we hear the villain say “maybe you could’ve saved him” before then showing Peter a tombstone. At that moment, it has a real chance to fully introduce Uncle Ben in the MCU, except, of course, Mysterio is talking about Iron Man, with the tombstone reading ‘Anthony Stark’. That itself makes sense, given who it’s coming from and the illusion, but they could have done something more powerful with it. Imagine if the illusion washed away, but we’re then left with a tombstone that really does read ‘Benjamin Parker’. It’d be a means of continuing to address Tony’s legacy, but also serve as a double-whammy because you get Ben’s as well, and there’s no reason the MCU shouldn’t be able to do both.

Instead, all we have in Spider-Man: Far From Home is the suitcase, which is then destroyed and played off as a joke. Tony Stark is the MCU’s Uncle Ben, and the real deal is cast aside like that old piece of luggage. Aunt May, too, doesn’t seem to be thinking of the loss of her husband, or much of anything really. Her role has been reduced to, well, sort of dating Happy Hogan, and although that is a problem in its own right, it also fits with how the MCU is using (or rather, not using) Uncle Ben. It’s not just that he doesn’t matter but, based on what we see in Spider-Man: Far From Home, like he never even existed.

Just because the MCU isn’t showing Uncle Ben’s death and Peter’s subsequent transformation into Spider-Man shouldn’t mean that he isn’t important to the stories they’re telling. It’s true that fans don’t need to watch him die again, but there still needs to be a certain sense of weight to that death. With great power comes great responsibility. Marvel has the great power with this version of Spider-Man, but now they need to face up to the responsibility of utilizing such an integral part of his character.

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In comic book story “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”, we see Peter lose another person that is close to him, and get to see how that death weighs on him. It’s an important plotline and another key stage of Peter’s development as Spider-Man, but it doesn’t replace the death of Uncle Ben in any way. Gwen’s death shows how Peter handles another loss while being a more mature Spider-Man, and because we’ve already seen what he went through with Uncle Ben it takes on even more weight. Marvel should be able to do something similar with Tony Stark. Because of the way they established Tony as Peter’s new father figure, his death had to have a major impact upon him in Spider-Man: Far From Home, but it’s done at the expense of anything to do with Uncle Ben. Instead, the MCU should have used Tony’s death to compound the sense of loss Peter feels over his uncle.

If we were able to see Peter trying to honor Uncle Ben’s memory and take forward his lessons, and then lose Tony and have to try and live up to him as well, it puts even more weight on him as a character. It gives him more depth, and a greater range of emotional beats to hit. Because Tony came into Peter’s life after he was Spider-Man, then it means his time as the web-slinger doesn’t have the same personal drive, no matter how much they’re trying to retroactively apply it. Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts is leaving the door open for something involving Uncle Ben in the future, but by the time of Spider-Man 3 it’ll be approaching a decade since he passed away, which means the MCU’s Spider-Man has largely missed the boat on one of his most important characters, and it’s hard to see that as anything but a failure of Uncle Ben and Peter Parker.

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2019-07-13 03:07:14

James Hunt

Fans Claim Spider-Man: Far From Home A Box Office Bomb (They’re Wrong)

Some people are saying Spider-Man: Far From Home is a box office bomb, but that assessment is very wrong. Earlier this month, the concluding chapter of the MCU’s Phase 3 hit theaters, continuing the story of Peter Parker. Picking up shortly after the events of Avengers: EndgameFar From Home saw Peter grappling between his desire to lead a normal life and fulfilling the responsibilities of being a superhero. Nick Fury recruited Peter for a new world-saving mission partially because he wanted to see if Peter was up to the task of becoming the next Iron Man.

Unsurprisingly, Far From Home was regarded as another entertaining and thrilling installment in the MCU. Critics were quick to praise the story, which combined typical high school romance/drama with blockbuster action spectacle into a funny and heartfelt package. When compared to several of the other recent live-action tentpoles from this summer, Far From Home was certainly a mark up in terms of quality. It also performed very well at the box office, exceeding initial expectations by making $185 million domestically in its first six days. Still, there are those who consider it another 2019 disappointment, though that’s off base.

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People who say Far From Home underwhelmed point to the film’s $92.5 million haul from Friday-Sunday during its opening weekend, but that’s not really fair to Marvel’s latest. Its opening “weekend” was heavily skewed, since it premiered on a Tuesday (July 2) and played over the Fourth of July holiday. This wasn’t a typical release, like Spider-Man: Homecoming was. The 2017 blockbuster debuted over a normal three-day frame and tallied $117 million domestically. Odds are Far From Home would have blown that figure out of the water if it was coming out this weekend instead of going for the Independence Day crowd. It’s worth pointing out that the $92.5 million is the year’s fourth-best traditional three-day weekend, narrowly edging out Aladdin.

Far From Home has also rewritten the record books early in its run. It set a new all-time mark for highest-grossing Tuesday on its first day ($39.2 million) and even made more than Endgame on the films’ respective first Wednesdays in theaters. Far From Home was a title in high demand, as evidenced by its $603.7 million worldwide total (as of this writing). It will likely repeat as weekend champ by a healthy margin, since newcomers Stuber and Crawl are entering theaters with limited fan fare and buzz. Until The Lion King opens next week, Far From Home is the tentpole of choice and will continue to draw in large crowds – especially given all the excitement surrounding its game-changing post-credits scenes. Those who didn’t get a chance to see it over a busy holiday will want to see what the hype is about.

An argument can be made here that Endgame spoiled people with its unprecedented run earlier this year. It’s paramount to remember Endgame was unlike anything the industry had ever seen before; it was essentially a series finale that wrapped up over a decade’s worth of storylines and character arcs and was the single-biggest event in Hollywood’s biggest franchise. No film, not even Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will be able to truly compare to that. Endgame is an unfair benchmark to expect other tentpoles to reach. It was an anomaly. Far From Home has already sailed well past its break even point and has turned a nice profit for Sony. It’ll only continue to move up the list and probably make more than Homecoming by the time it bows out.

More: Spider-Man: Far From Home Ending Explained (In Detail)


2019-07-11 03:07:26

Chris Agar

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