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NEW ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ POSTERS PAY HOMAGE TO CLASSIC MOVIES!

‘Spider-man: Homecoming’ director Jon Watts is said to have taken inspiration from classic 80′s movies ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘The Breakfast Club’ and “Taxi Driver’. The posters pay homage to those movies and are now confirmed to be official!

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BUT, can we talk about this? The epicness of this? We fangirls always live for the Marvel credits no matter how long it is, but THIS. This is SOMETHING ELSE. The classic Spider-Man tune with the Marvel credits rolling that just gives you goosebumps no matter how many times you listen to it. I expected to cry in this movie because I cry in almost every movie I watch, but I never thought I’d tear up 5 minutes into the movie, during the Marvel credits. This means after all these years and all these reboots and all these films, we are finally, finally welcoming Spider-Man home, where he belongs, in the Marvel Universe. We saw him interacting with so many more heroes in Civil War but this. This is different. This makes it official. Just listen to this one more time and think: WELCOME HOME SPIDEY.

things I appreciated in spider man homecoming: major SPOILERS INCOMING please scroll if you haven't seen it yet

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-uh. it was hilarious. holy shit, that awkward spider man is a 15 year old boy AND a super hero comedy is gold.

-Peter’s crushing on a girl of color who’s really smart, and on the decathlon team. also the kid who bullies him is on the same team. In general all of the high schoolers felt like actual high schoolers and not just dumb watered down stereotypes which was nice.

-zendaya was so funny. “It was built by slaves” lmao, socially conscious teen. and all the apathetic high school teachers. It felt like a genuine high school, god bless.

-Ned. Loved him. He was sweet. And really funny too, the man in the chair 😂

-liked the juggling of the normal life and the superhero life. Spider man always does that but this did a really good job of emphasizing how he’s a kid. He really is. At first it’s played for laughs and then we hear him crying crushed under rubble and it’s painful cuz he’s really just a kid in a bad situation. Loved that scene.

-I also love how he was ignoring his real life trying to be a hero and then at the end he realized he was ok with taking things slower. That was a really mature decision and it was hilarious when tony had the reporters in the room asking about the big announcement, lmao. It was a funny moment and a great character moment.

-action was great! I love that kid, his sense of humor was really classic spider man quipping. It was just so good.

-I also like the villain he felt like a real guy. Also that plot twist that he was Peter’s girlfriend’s dad, did NOT see it coming, I gasped and laughed a little.

-that stinger? that was nice of him. nuff said.

-Peter’s suit is badass, holy shit? Wtf stark, that is so extra. I love it.

-amazing movie. Seriously.

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A few things about Spider-Man Homecoming:

1. Still really like the new Marvel Studios logo/intro. I thought it was great to hear the classic Spider-Man theme playing over it.

2. Good to see Happy again. I don’t think we’ve seen him since Iron Man 3.

3. Pepper Potts! I love seeing Tony and Pepper together. She makes Stark seem more likable and Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow are great together.

4. Happy mentioned some kind of belt for Thor and specs or a prototype for Cap’s new shield. Tony is already making Captain America a new shield even though they haven’t completely patched things up and he’s still on the run😊>

5.Damage Control was a big part of this movie. Tyne Daly was the director, which makes me think that Damage Control tv show may be happening.

6. Why would they cast Donald Glover in a part so small? 🤔I know he’s a fan, but it makes me think we’ll see him again in a future movie. He was great though.

7. I was thinking that Zendaya’s role was weirdly small, until the end when we got the MJ reveal! We will definitely be seeing her more in the next one.

8. Marvel trolled us with the Captain America PSA post credits scene about patience. 😂I thought it was hilarious.

MHA vs Modern Comics

I’ve sat on this for a bit, putting my thoughts together.  I think I have a cohesive concept comparing My Hero Academia and modern, western comics.  I’d like to caveat this by saying that I’m not talking about ALL comics put out by the Big Two.  There are good books put out by Marvel and DC, I’m sure, but this is about ideals and concepts.

I’m not a big anime fan, but a friend got me into My Hero Academia and I fell in love with it immediately.  And I realized why I did so, passionately.  The show captures something I felt has been missing from the modern comics industry for a while now, but for the longest time I couldn’t place my finger on it.

It hit me while rewatching episode 12 of the first season.  Boku no Hero Academia isn’t just good, it is sincere.  Everything is sincere.  From the characters to their motivations to plots and concepts, its all done from a place of genuine feeling.

The easiest example is, of course, All Might and Deku.  Both are written so honestly, earnestly, that you can believe that All Might not only believes in what he says, but that he could be what he says.  And Deku’s emotions, his beliefs, his fears and idolization of heroes all feel genuine, like somebody who could live in our world.

But you also have characters like Stain.  For all intents and purposes, he’s an Anti-Hero/Villain, like The Punisher.  But his convictions, his actions and his ideals are what stops him from being a cliche.  Again, you can believe that somebody like Stain could exist.  You can believe somebody could behave that way if pushed too far.  And he’s realistic, from his gear focusing expressly on what gives him an advantage but also the fact that he’s not unbeatable and that he actually loses.

The characters, good or bad, are written sincerely.  If they’re grim, they’re not grim for the sake of some gimmick or trend.  If they’re heroic, its not a subversion (and even subversions like Endeavor are shown to be nakedly in the wrong).

But in addition, you also have the writing being genuine.  These characters aren’t being written with an agenda or politics in mind.  They’re people, facing people’s problems like parental abuse, broken homes, egotism, family tragedy and striving to match your idols.

Izuku Midoriya is everything people liked about classic Spider-Man. He’s a kid, just a kid, given great power and has to struggle with that power to do good.  Sure, he doesn’t quip or hang on walls, but his journey is the same we followed Peter through decades ago.

The writing is focusing on these characters being heroes and nothing else.  And the show slowly opens up a greater lore, bringing it from the background to the foreground, I’m struck by the fact that the characters aren’t bogged down in decades of contradicting backstory, retcons and editorial demands.

It harkens back to shows I really loved even 7 years ago; Earth’s Mightest Heroes, Green Lantern the Animated Series and Spectacular Spider-Man.  All three of these were just about heroes being heroes, free of the politics of comic books.

I realized that My Hero Academia is what Marvel and DC comics should have been, and once were long ago.

In their waning relevance, the Big Two, have taken to constantly retconning, relaunching, rewriting their stories.  They’ve taken to interjecting politics almost constantly into their books.  They follow trends almost universally instead of standing on their own.

In short, that is what Marvel and DC lack, while My Hero Academia has it in spades:  Genuine Sincerity.

threat pt. 2 // peter parker

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a/n: i didn’t think it would, but threat got an overwhelming response!! the tag list so long so (so sorry if i missed anyone!!) that’s so amazing and i love each and every one of you !! i hope you guys know this, and so many of you guys reached out to me! it makes me so happy to have y'all around <33 i hope part 2 is fun for you because i included a classic spider man villain :) and i have a few requests coming up next for you! btw unedited and warning for swearing and kidnapping themes

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When you wake up, your head hurts like hell. Yeah, well, that might be from being knocked out with a piece of fricking metal. You try and reach up to rub your head, only to find out that your hands are bound in handcuffs behind your back. You survey your surroundings.

You’re strapped to a wooden chair, and a single lightbulb flickers above you. The light is too bright and hurts your head even more. Your feet are bound and there’s duct tape over your mouth. The rest of the room is too dark to see, as much as you strain your eyes to try. Your phone is no longer in your possession, judging by the empty feeling in your pocket.

How did you get here? You try and recollect your memories of the past few hours, but it’s a bit difficult. All you know is that you were knocked out with something. What day even is it? Did you do your laundry yesterday? You’re a little worried that you can’t find answers to these basic questions. You think you might have a concussion. It would explain why you feel a little nauseous, or why the light feels much brighter than it probably is. Or why you can’t remember, like, anything.

You do remember one thing. You put duct tape over your mouth once for the purpose of recognizing the Day of Silence, a student-run protest against LGBT+ youth being bullied at school. You also remember the tape being annoying as hell because the saliva from your mouth made it less and less sticky until it fell off.

So for the next few minutes, you spit at your tape as fast as your mouth can produce spit. It’s a disgusting process, but it’s a start to getting out of here. Slowly, the tape peels away. You try nodding and shaking your head to get it off faster. It finally falls to your lap. You move your mouth as close to your shoulder as possible and wipe away the spit.

Peter. You remember yelling at him and leaving to deliver more things for ‘Unknown’. But where did you go when you were done? How did you end up getting hit over the head? You wish you could see Peter right now, so you could at least apologize. Just in case something happens to you.

-

Meanwhile, Ned is doing his very best to calm Peter down. “Peter, I don’t know if this is a good idea -”

“Of course it is. She read all of the messages, dude. I know Y/N, and she would respond. I just…I have this gut feeling. I think she’s in trouble.” Peter hops on one leg trying to take his jeans off so he can get into his suit.

“Okay, okay, but slow down for a second! How about I try to find her through her phone first? Then you’ll see that she’s at home and she’s fine.”

He thinks about this for a second and sighs. “Fine. Fine. Hurry, please.” Peter pulls his jeans back up and sits beside Ned, bouncing his leg impatiently. Ned taps away on the computer for a few minutes.

“Uh…I can’t find her. She must’ve turned her phone off, or her phone died or something. It’s off the radar.” Ned glances up, looking a little apologetic. Peter looks like he wants to throw something. “I’ll keep working on it, though, so if you wait like ten more -”

“No,” Peter stands up and swiftly gets changed. He presses the button that makes the suit fit around his form. Ned watches in awe, as always. “I’ll just go check on her, okay?”

“Okay, but can I please, please try on your suit sometime?” Ned pleads, looking jealous as he eyes the suit.

Peter normally would say no, and would add something about how Mr. Stark gave it to him to beat up bad guys. “Maybe,” he said simply, sliding his mask on. Ned excitedly fist pumps, looking overjoyed at the idea of wearing the suit.

This makes Peter grin a little as he leaps out of the window.

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Your legs are tied so tightly to the chair it’s beginning to feel uncomfortable. You can feel your feet losing feeling. You need to get out of here, and quickly, or else you think you might die. But how are you supposed to do anything? You hate feeling helpless.

You try to call out to someone, anyone. “Hello?” Your voice is groggy and rough, as though you were struggling against something earlier. Or you were punched in the throat, or something. It kind of hurts. Your voice echoes, though, giving you the idea that you might be in some kind of basement. As in, you can’t yell for help. Just your luck.

Your hands are tied directly behind your back, but if you even want a chance at escape, you have to somehow get them behind the chair to untie the rope. You struggle against the rope in an attempt to loosen it, but to no avail. “Come on,” you mutter, gritting your teeth as you try to move your arms. If you can just get it so that your arms are wrapped around the back of the chair…

Your face distorts in pain as your arms slowly make their way upward. Stretching your arms like this is starting to hurt your ribs. Almost there, almost there. Your rotator cuff begins to flare up in agonizing pain, but you push on, your forehead beginning to sweat.

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Peter swings his way over to your apartment as quickly as he can. You left your window open, and for a moment, he sits on your window ledge in hesitation. “Uh, Karen, would going in her room be breaking and entering?”

“By legal definition, it would not,” the AI informs him.

“Great!” Peter hops into the room, starting to look around.

“It is, however, an illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime. Misdemeanor crimes are generally punishable for one year or less in jail in addition to a five hundred dollar fine by the federal government,” Karen adds.

“Wh - Karen!” Peter exclaims.

“Yes, Peter?”

He sighs. “Five minutes won’t hurt, right?” Peter feels terribly guilty about it, but he reminds himself that this is for you. When he sees that no one is in the room, he checks the rest of the apartment. Your parents are downstairs, talking about how work went. He doesn’t hear your voice with theirs, so you must not be downstairs. He silently prays that they don’t look up. After all, there isn’t exactly a very good explanation for Spider-Man tiptoeing around their daughter’s room.

You’re not in the bathroom or any of the other rooms, so you must not be home. Now more worried than ever, he tiptoes back into your room to leave. Where in the world did you go? This whole day, you were acting totally out of character. Guilt twists his stomach a second time when he realizes that this is what you must have felt like recently. You didn’t know why he was suddenly being distant, and you didn’t know if anything was wrong.

In truth, it was because Peter was having a rough time. With D.C., and Liz, and then Liz’s dad, who actually turned out to be a freaky flying vulture guy that was out to get him…well, things got busy. It was difficult. Whenever Peter needed to vent to someone, he always turned to you. But he couldn’t tell you about Spider-Man. That was the one thing he had to hold in, or talk to Ned about. Whenever you asked to hang out, he ended up being busy, as much as he wanted to drop everything for you.

And now, he faces the very real possibility of losing you. As he thinks about places in the city where you might be, something catches his eye.

He turns to look at your bulletin board, which is filled with pictures and memoirs. Pinned in the top left corner are a small collection of Polaroids. It’s you and him, long ago. You’re both wearing matching sunglasses in the shape of stars and laughing at the camera. The next picture is Peter, trying to drag you back into the frame. Underneath the picture is your handwriting in blue marker: “pete being a cute idiot”. A heart is beside his name. Peter slides off his mask when he sees this. The final picture is just you, silly glasses sitting on your head as you give the camera a supposedly intimidating look. You’re clearly trying very hard not laugh.

For the longest time, he stands there, eyebrows drawn together as he stares at the picture of you. That was the night that he leaned in for a kiss in the photo booth. You were so surprised that you pulled away almost instantly, eyes wide as plates. Peter remembers how he fumbled for words, stuttering out apologies and saying something about not even knowing what came over him. He went home feeling terrible that day, having a feeling that you wouldn’t want to be friends with him anymore. But you did. You continued talking to him, and he fell even more in love. And although he still felt his heart strings tug every time he looked at you, he decided to ignore it. Because you were his best friend above everything else, and your friendship was enough for him.

Gently, he unpins the picture of you and takes the picture. Just in case he ever even begins to lose motivation. He turns away again and glances at your desk to find more pictures. Expecting them to be more cute pictures of memories you and him shared, he moves closer. He’s instantly horrified by what he sees.

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Slowly and painfully, you manage to get your arms around the back of the chair rather than behind your back. You stay still for a moment, trying to catch your breath. Your shoulder is screaming in mind-numbing pain, and your ribs are aching. You don’t know how long you’ll have until whoever tied you up comes back, so you hurry. You run your fingers over the knot as though trying to figure out what kind of knot it is. You don’t know anything about knots, but you play around with it a little, trying to picture it in your head.

So if you try and loosen that piece of the rope, wait no, that just made it tighter. The other one, maybe? “Ow!” You exclaim as the rope around your stomach begins to press into you.

You tread a little more carefully from there. Your fingers are cramping up, but you think you almost might be done. After about fifteen minutes, you exhaustedly pull one last string. The rope is untied and your torso is free. You sigh in relief, but you still have plenty to do. How are you going to get your legs free?

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On the desk are photos of you. The surroundings are indistinct, but you’re pinned to the wall, a hooded figure pressing a knife to your neck. You’re wearing the t-shirt that you wore today, so it must’ve been taken sometime today. You look scared out of your mind. Peter swallows, eyes widening slightly. How did this happen?

Your phone is right beside the photos, unlocked to reveal a chat with ‘Unknown’. He picks up your phone and scrolls through the conversation until he gets to the top. He reads everything; the threat that something would happen to Peter if you didn’t comply, your pleading for his safety, and all of the instructions. Don’t speak to him again. It all makes sense now. Why you didn’t respond to his texts, why you were so angry with him. And how you know he’s Spider-Man. And it was all in hopes that nothing would happen to him.

Peter can feel the tears welling up in his eyes. Who the hell is he dealing with? Is it another Vulture? Somebody knows who he is, but how? Ned wouldn’t tell anyone, and you didn’t know until ‘Unknown’ sent that picture to you. Nobody else knows about Spider-Man’s identity. He’s scared, but even more so because you’re on the line. What if something is happening to you and he can’t do anything about it? What if you’re lying somewhere, bleeding to death?

Your phone dings with a new message. Peter jumps, before he realized it was just a text. He scrolls back down to the bottom.

Unknown: Want her back? Come get her yourself.

‘Unknown’ sends an address, presumably your location.

Unknown: Clock’s ticking, Peter.

Peter ran to the window and flung himself out of it, the picture of you still with him.

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You struggle for several minutes, trying to come up with a plan. Finally, an idea pops into your head. You lean forward as far as you can, making the chair tip over. However, you didn’t anticipate one thing. Your forehead hits the floor at full force, and now you’re seeing double and your head somehow hurts even more. You groan loudly. Great, more cranial damage. But you’re still conscious, so you make the most of it.

After awkwardly shuffling like someone trying to do The Worm for a few seconds, you manage to get your cuffed feet above the rope that was binding your calves to your chair. You eventually get yourself out of the chair. You lay on the cold ground for a few seconds, relishing the feeling of blood returning to the bottom half of your body. “Holy shit, I did it,” you whisper to yourself.

Now, about these handcuffs.

You sit up and move across the floor on your knees to try and find the keys to your handcuffs. You go into the dark, letting your eyes adjust. There are tables on two ends of the room. You take your chances and head left. After some knee shuffling that is sure to give you permanent knee problems, you get to the table. There is a single key there, but it’s far away from the edge.

You move so that you’re sitting on the ground with your calves beneath your thighs. You set your hands on the ground and, with some difficulty, push yourself up so that you’re squatting instead. From there, you’re able to stand up. God, finally. You lean over the table, obtaining the key between your teeth. Your intention was to drop it by the edge of the table for easier access, but instead it drops to the ground. “Fuck!”

Reluctantly, you lower yourself back to the ground and try to unlock the cuffs on your feet so you can walk to the other table. It doesn’t work. Your try your handcuffs instead. The lock clicks and the cuffs open. They drop to the ground and you rub your wrists. You stand up, wondering how you’re going to get to the other end of the room. Carefully, you do a handstand and begin gradually moving. That gymnastics class did come in handy after all.

Halfway through, you start getting tired and give up. You end up unceremoniously penguin-walking to the other table. You grab the key and get on the ground to unlock your feet. The lock clicks, and you’ve never felt more accomplished. You stand up properly, stretching. You’re suddenly hit with the overwhelming pain that you pushed away until now. You’re pretty sure you tore your rotator cuff, and your ribs still hurt. But above everything, your head feels like someone pressing into an open wound. You feel a little dizzy.

Footsteps pound down the stairs, and for a moment, you’re scared. And then a familiar figure walks up. It’s Peter! Well, he’s in his suit, but it is him. Your first instinct is to run at him, wrapping your arms around him. Huh. He feels a little…weird. Did he get taller? And why was he just so weird about hugging you back? You shake it off and smile. “Hi,” you breathe.

“Hi, Y/N.” For some reason, he doesn’t take his mask off.

“Hey, why don’t you take your mask off?” So I can kiss you already. You reach up to take it off, but he stops you.

“I will, when we get outside,” he says quickly. Uh…okay then. You’re just glad he’s here, with you. “Speaking of which, let’s get out of here.”

“Yeah,” you say, never wanting to step foot in this basement ever again. You begin to leave with him when more footsteps pound down the stairs. You stop in your tracks when you see someone else in the Spider-Man suit standing there. Are you hallucinating? You blink again, mind reeling. How can there be two of them?

“Y/N!” You hear the same voice, but more excited, just the way you would expect Peter to say it. “And…what?” He looks equally surprised to see what appears to be a copy of him standing there.

“Who the hell are you?” Peter 1 demands.

“Who the hell are you?” Peter 2 says. They sound exactly the same, it’s so confusing.

What happens next is quite possibly the coolest thing you’ve ever seen. Both Peters launch themselves at each other, getting into a brawl. There can’t be two of them, that’s for sure. So one of them is fake. They seem to have forgotten about you momentarily, so you get an idea. You grab the cuffs and keys laying around, ready for when you need to cuff one of them.

You watch them. Peter 2 furiously shoots webs at Peter 1, who furiously dodges them. Does Peter 1 not have powers? Wow, Peter 2 is really good at fighting for someone your age. He must get a lot of practice. You try and shake these thoughts out of your head in case he turns out to be the fake.

Peter 2 hops onto the ceiling with ease and jumps at Peter 1. All Peter 1 is doing is dodging, that’s so weird. Maybe he’s the fake? You wait for an opportunity. But the real one wouldn’t exactly leap into a fight like that. So is Peter 1 the real one?

This is too confusing. Finally, Peter 2 surprises Peter 1 and flings a few webs at his face. He stumbles back. You pause for a moment, hesitating. Should you…?

Something drops to the ground from Peter 2’s pockets. Wow, you didn’t even know the suit had pockets. It’s a picture that you recognize instantly as the one on your bulletin board. The first thing the real Peter would do is make sure you weren’t home, so it would make sense. You make a quick decision and run at Peter 1 from behind him. As hard as you can, you kick him in the back. Caught off guard and unable to see anything, he drops to the ground. You swiftly cuff his hands behind his back. Peter 2 runs over to help you. He makes sure that he stays down as you cuff his legs.

You didn’t even realize how intensely your heart was hammering until now. You look at Peter 2, who’s already staring at you. You glance at Peter 1, writhing in protest. Suddenly, you remember.

You were standing in the alley way waiting for whatever was coming as your final instruction when you were hit over the head and knocked out. You woke up in some kind of car, but as soon as someone noticed, you were knocked out with a one handed choke hold. That’s why your throat hurt so much.

Peter 2 rips off Peter 1’s mask to reveal…not Peter. Someone else’s face. You don’t recognize him, but you’re kind of pissed off. This was the guy that did this to you, you’re sure. So you return the favor to him and wrap your hand around his neck. Thumb on his windpipe and your other fingers on the back of his neck, you press.

You successfully knock him out and sit back. You didn’t think that would actually work. Wow. You and Peter stand up, and for a moment, you don’t know what to say. You gaze at him, and then you pull him closer. His arms wrap around your waist, and you slide his mask up to reveal his mouth. That’s definitely Peter.

You lean and kiss him, slowly at first. He kisses you back, and suddenly you’re both kissing like there’s no tomorrow. You gently pull off the rest of the mask, unable to resist a smile. You feel him smile against you, and you know. You know that you’ve both wanted this since last time.

“Peter!” A familiar voice calls. You instantly jump away from each other, looking at who is standing there. Or rather, floating.

Is that… “Iron Man?” You exclaim.

Peter gives the suit a look. “No, that’s not him. It’s just an empty suit.”

“B-But it has his voice. How?” You’re utterly confused. Peter doesn’t get a chance to answer.

“Peter, I’d love to hear your explanation for why you didn’t tell me about this.” Even through the suit, Stark sounds condescending.

“Well, Mr. Stark, I, uh…I just didn’t think about it. My best friend was in trouble and I…just sort had to do it,” Peter tried to explain as the suit moved around to survey the scene.

“Mhm. So you kiss your best friends. You kiss that Ned kid, too?”

“N-No! I…yeah, I don’t have an excuse for that one,” Peter sighed, running a hand through his messy, sweaty hair. Your cheeks flush.

“What were the ropes and the chair for?” The suit turns to look at you, and for a moment, you don’t realize that he’s talking to you. Tony Stark is talking to you! You! You try to contain your excitement.

“Oh, uh, I was kind of strapped to the chair with cuffs, and I got out of it just before Peter got here. I mean, the other guy. Not the real Peter.”

“Hm. I’m impressed. You’re quite the Houdini.” TONY STARK IS IMPRESSED WITH YOU!!!!!

You swallow and smile, unable to form proper words.

“Wait, I know this guy. This is the Chameleon,” Stark sounds surprised, kneeling and inspecting his face. “He caused me and a few other Avengers a lot of trouble a while ago…You two really knocked out the Chameleon?”

Peter grins, and you find yourself doing the same. But then he frowns for a second. “How did this Chameleon guy find out who I am?”

“He doesn’t. Or else he would’ve used that to his advantage a long time ago. I’d say he had someone else working for him that did know,” the suit shrugs.

“That must be Unknown…” you trail off, and Peter nods. “Speaking of which, Pete, how’d you get that picture of me without breaking into my house?”

Peter gives you a sheepish grin, and you raise your eyebrows at him. “According to my suit, it wasn’t breaking and entering because you left your window open. It was an illegal trespass…?” You can only laugh a little at this. Given the circumstances, you’re not that mad about it.

“Well, then. Someone is really starting to look like they’re ready to be apart of the Avengers,” Stark’s suit stands up.

“Wh - really? Holy…thank you so -” Peter begins excitedly.

“No, no, not you, kiddo. I’m talking about this one.” The suit turns to look at you, and you both just start laughing at how deflated Peter looks.

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So Today I Watched… Spider-Man: Homecoming // Sony & Marvel Studios (2017)

If you were a comic-fan kid in the 80’s the main question you asked yourself was “Why is there no Spider-Man movie out there”. Fast forward to 2017 and we’ve had five films from 2002 to this year’s new revamp. Yes, Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a new face to don the webs and it’s integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Peter Parker is now a very, very young kid in his high school years, long gone is the retelling of the tragic origin that made him become a Superhero, the tale is out there for anyone coming in new to this rodeo. Both Tobey and Andrew did it good and it really doesn’t add up to this new take on the character (while it will always be integral to his personality nonetheless). We were introduced to Tom Holland as Peter Parker in last year’s Captain America: Civil War and we already know he’s a high school kid struggling to have his life together while trying to be responsible to his beliefs (With great power comes great responsibility). He has a very hot aunt May played by Marisa Tomey and a father-ish figure in the face of Tony Stark played by none other than Robert Downey Jr.  To the classic fan this Spider-Man may seem a bit alien since he has a lot at his disposal at the beginning of his career while comic Spidey didn’t have much of anything but his smarts and cunning resilience to endure every blow life threw at him. Peter’s original Spidey costume is made of old clothes and costume-made web shooters while the “upgrade” given to him by Tony Stark s a billion dollar suit with integrated A.I that enhances his powers and the use of his webbing and the dependence he gets from such a gadget becomes an important art of the film.

A lot has changed with his supporting cast too in this new take: Ned Leeds (the future Hobgoblin) is Peter’s best friend; there is no Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy this time around (although Liz Toomes and Michelle are nice additions to the line-up). Flash Thompson is no longer a jock, he’s Parker’s intellectual rival and still bullies him plenty by being a smartass. All these changes add up to the story in some fashion and place the story in current times nicely. So what does Peter have to deal this time around? 8 years ago after the Chitauri invasion a team of contractors got bumped in favor of a private company called “Damage Control” to clean up the city leaving one Adrian Toomes and his fellow  group of coworkers as very disgruntled and estranged workers. They decide than since the man sticked it up to them they will stick it back. For eight years Toomes and his crew raid the secrets deposits of alien technology of Damage Control to sell the weaponized technology to whoever has the cash to pay for it. His right hand man? The Shocker. Everything gets complicated for this crew once that Peter notices his dealings and with his mind set on proving himself does everything to bring them down. As these things go, we are reminded that Peter is just a kid biting more than he can actually chew and when push comes to shove it will not be technology and sense of opportunity what defines his actions as a hero, but his resilience and persistence to do what is right at the expense of great personal sacrifices to the people he loves.  

Spider-Man Homecoming is a great film. It does a wonderful job of diving you into the action without making you feel lost. The structure of the movie is on par with what we usually get as a Marvel Studios film. Is this god or bad? I’ll let you decide on that one. I do consider myself served on entertainment and this is what this story was supposed to deliver. I’m hoping every entry of this new trilogy is as good as this one. Solid acting from all the parties. Great direction by Jon Watts. Awesome music by Michael Giacchino. All in all another solid entry to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!.

The problems with Miles Morales atm

 First article for hellyeahteensuperheroes so I’ll just say this: I am an avid Spider-man fan. Spider-man is the prototypical teen superhero after all so while Peter Parker is grown up selling his marriages to the devil, owning a tech company, and not having life insurance, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that Spider-man’s mythos started as the awkward teen in high school. In fact, that is how the majority of his media introduces him to the audience as, a kid.

So honestly, someone needs to fill in the void of teenaged Spider-man. And that person was…Peter Parker himself in the Ultimate Universe which was a modern take of Spider-man. This is probably the most acclaimed, adapted, and successful comic series in recent memory to the point, Marvel honestly considered making the Ultimate Universe the default Universe…Until Loeb took that idea and flooded it with the most notorious comic event that is comparable to One More Day.

So Ultimate Peter Parker was still the teenaged Peter Parker with a lot of great stories. However, with plans of Universe shifting derailed, Ultimate Peter Parker ,as great as he was. had one glaring problem: He was becoming 616 Peter Parker over again.

You can make Green Goblin the Hulk, change Eddie Brock to Peter’s brother figure, make the Shocker to a joke, and have Peter Parker and Kitty Pryde date; but at the end of the day, you are essentially retelling the same story of a character who still exists in another way in the present. What is the point of Ultimate Peter Parker if he was going to become 616 Peter Parker who still had comics(terrible comics, but I digress)?

Long story short, they killed Peter Parker and Miles Morales took his place.

Miles’ entire purpose is to resemble those old classic Spider-man stories of a young Spider-man from a perspective of a person who was different than Peter, physically and mentally. There are plenty of black people who relate to Spider-man, but Peter Parker as a character cannot relate to them as black people deal with some other shit than Peter who ranted at a group of protestors for sticking to the man and was one of those white anarcho-capitalists who champion Ayn Rand.

Brian Michael Bendis initially was doing so well with Miles Morales. The first 13 issues of Miles Morales’ Spider-man should be textbook examples of how to do an origin story. And then shit happened. Here is the shit.

1. Miles lacks Spider-man esque villains

What separates Spider-man villains and everybody else’s villains is that Spider-man’s villains tie into both his life as Spider-man and Peter Parker. Mr. Negative, Martin Li, ran a charity that Aunt May works at. Dr. Otto Octavius is the mirror of Spider-man and Peter Parker in that they are both brilliant and talented minds, but unlike Peter, Otto resented his peers and embraced his status as an outcast as Peter grew out of that phase. Dr. Connor is his mentor and professor in college. Green Goblin is the father of his best friend and sometimes is that best friend. Eddie Brock, Venom, is a jealous co-worker and competitor of Peter Parker who resented that Peter was able to take glorified selfies and gain success over him.

Even in the Ultimate Universe…well even more in the Ultimate Universe, Peter’s villains related to him as not just Spider-man, but also Peter Parker. It is what makes his rogues galley different than Batman or Superman.

And Miles is honest to god devoid of that. There are only two villains that exemplify Spider-man villains: Katie Bishop and Aaron Davis. The former was not so great, but had potential. The latter was probably one of the greatest villains in the decade, but was killed off. Miles has been around for 5 years and he has only developed two villains of his own that resemble Spider-man villains. The rest of his RG are essentially Peter’s who hate Miles because he is Peter’s legacy, and that is not okay.

This is a common problem for all new super heroes in this day and age. Because their respective universe have become so cluttered with the pasts, it is hard for them to gain a foothold of their own.

2. Crossover events

This shit fucking kills me about Miles Morales. I understand that for the sake of Miles’ longevity and prevalence, you need to give him as much exposure as possible. And that is okay. I am okay with Miles joining teams like the Young Ultimates, the revamped Avengers, or the Champions. However, I am not okay these huge crossover events becoming overbearing to his development as a character.

Ultimate Comics Spider-man 13-18(United We Stand/Divided We Fall)

Ultimate Comics Spider-man 29-31(Cataclysm)

Miles Morales: the Ultimate Spider-man 12(the end was rushed because of Secret Wars)

Spider-man 6-10(Civil War II)

Spider-man 11-14(Spider-Gwen crossover)

There are 50 Miles Morales book focused comics. 19 of them are universe expanding crossover events that he is heavily involved in. Luckily Secret Empire has strayed away from having Miles’ comics involved, but that is bad. Nearly half of this dudes stories get hijacked by these events that rarely if ever character build.

Miles’ constant criticism of his stories is that he does not have a lot of stories of his own to tell and part of that has to do with these distractions because that is what they are: distractions. If Civil War II did something for Miles’ character I would be okay with it, but for most of his part in that event, Miles was just going with the tide utterly confused as to what is happening. The only thing that the event established for Miles is that he fears that his anger might make him go too far, and you do not need that convoluted mess of Civil War II to reflect that.

Miles would have more enemies if Bendis stopped with the incessant events and focused on creating enemies that serve as foils to Miles Morales.

3. Too much focus on Peter Parker

Being that Miles is a legacy of Peter Parker, of course Peter is going to be mentioned and relevant to Peter. For all intents and purposes, Peter is awesome at just letting Miles be.

But Bendis….

Let me set the tone. Miles Morales and the Ultimate Universe survived Cataclysm and Galactus. The Ultimate Universe is revamped to three comics series. You have a mostly female and devoid of white men team(the All-New Ultimates). You have another female led team that explored mythos of the Ultimate Universe(Ultimate FF). And you have Miles Morales as the face of the entire universe and it is touted for once as Miles taking ownership of being Spider-man. It was about him. This was a fresh start with new stories. There is a mystery of Miles’ girlfriend. There was a thing with Roxxon. Miles’ dad was missing after he found out about Miles being Spider-man. There were so many stories and so much possibility. 

First issue


Mother FUCK!

This ran for 6 issues of Miles inaugural re-debut as the Spider-man. The first 6 issues of Miles revamp was about Peter Parker. Miles was playing secondary to Peter Parker and we were rehashing the same story development as Spider-men. Miles has already received the approval of a Peter Parker. A more experienced Peter Parker at that. So there was no character development for Miles to be had here. 

This story from the looks of it was to gave Ultimate Peter Parker and Mary Jane closure…which ruins the point because Peter got closure in his death and his funeral. Mary Jane may have needed some closure, but to have it wasted on a resurrection was bullshit when she could have done something to ensure Miles did not meet the same fate or run into the same obstacles. Y’know, actually be a supporting character and taking responsibility of him? But we really just had to appease those Peter Parker fans who have so little exposure to Peter(sarcasm).

The first six issues of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-man were about Peter Parker. Not Miles Morales.

So if we are keeping count, that is 25 issues that had fuck all to do with Miles Morales. Half of Miles main comics are not about him as a character. And that is bad. Half of those comics could have been used to develop him or his villains.

4. The switch from the Ultimate Universe to the 616

One day I am going to do the differences between Miles Morales and Peter Parker, but right now, I will summarize. To Peter Parker, Spider-man was an escapist adventure. He enjoys being Spider-man more than his normal. It allows him to be a snarky and fun character and it allows the audience to get in on the act as well because they too want to use Spider-man as means of escapism.

Miles, however, is completely different.

Miles is the classical anti-hero. Being a superhero or more specifically, being Spider-man causes more problems for Miles than it solves them. Miles, initially was not thrilled that he had Spider-powers.

It’s a burden to him. He is only Spider-man because in the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker died. Also in the Ultimate Universe, there are very few superheroes running around protecting people. 

Being Spider-man only caused Miles problems. His genial relationship with his Uncle became toxic. His relationship with his father could be summed up as if Jonah Jameson was Peter Parker’s dad and at every dinner, daddy would talk shit about what you as Spider-man did unaware that he was talking shit about his own son. His mom was killed in a Spider-man related battle which involved him.

Miles is Spider-man because no one else, but him, can be. It is metaphorically thrusted on him. He doesn’t want superpowers. He wanted a normal life.He wanted to go to school and have fun. Unlike Peter, Miles is not picked on at school and his not a social outcast. It helps that he is at a charter school with a bunch of nerds, but the point is that his normal life was satisfying to him and as soon as being Spider-man becomes too much for him, he ditches the outfit and tries his damnest to live a normal life.

Him being in the 616 Universe ruins the point of him. It derails his character in that in a world were Peter Parker not only still lives, but there are also several superheroes who are more than happy to fill in a role and have the purpose to do so, Miles has no motivation to be Spider-man anymore. And it is not like being Spider-man has becomes less burdensome for him with the switch. Miles’ main reason of being Spider-man has vanished.

5. Poor Social Commentary

I have so many problems with these panels.

First, this girl specifically mentions the possibility that Miles may be Latino. She says that he is brown so the dialogue is disjointed and Miles problem with her becomes a non-issue and he is annoyed for no reason.

Second, he has a problem being identified as the Black Spider-man. But you are black and Spider-man so you are both. It sounds like he is ashamed of being black because he acts defensive towards being identified as black as if a person is supposed to immediately recognize that looking at him.

Third, Hispanic is not the proper identifier. Latino is. No self-respecting LatinX would call themselves Hispanic unless they are from Spain. Miles should know this and every time he refers to himself as Hispanic, it questions if he is aware of those roots that he will gladly use in defense if someone calls him black.

Fourth, how in the fuck does Miles not recognize the importance of a black Spider-man? A kid in New York in times where their is heightened racial tension does not understand the big deal of being a black superhero. “Why does it matter?” he asks when black people are being shot up by the police because they are a perceived threat. Black people are being incriminated and are being massively incarcerated and targeted. The fact that Miles does not get this yet says to Luke Cage in person that he(Luke Cage) is the only super hero that his father respects. Gee, I wonder why, Miles?

Fifth, you do not need this faux post-racial commentary to make Miles sound profound. More importantly, he sounds like a white person who has no clue about racism. The fact of the matter is that the majority of Miles Morales’ fandom loves him because he is the black Spider-man and shaming them for doing so is the wrong move and turns people off. The girl literally sounds like a stereotypical SJW r what people perceive SJWs are like and Marvel already has a bad reputation of attacking those people(Nick Spencer) while at the same time trying to appeal to them over DC.

But there is more cringey Social Commentary in the hands of a writer who does not quite get it.

The oppression Olympics debate! First off, intersectionality is not a matter of whom is more oppressed than whom. It is to understand that people are oppressed in several ways. So Ganke pointing out that Miles is skinny and black while Ganke is fat and Asian completely misses the point of intersectionality because he is trying to say that he is more oppressed than Miles while erasing the fact the Miles faces racial injustice that can get him killed. And I am not erasing being fat and Asian, and I am just pointing out that there are better ways to have this discourse without turning it into a haphazard “Who suffers the most” dick measuring contest.

Also, Miles calls himself Hispanic as if his mom does not look like Beyonce and it counts as half.

There is a lot holding back Miles from developing into his own Spider-man. Hopefully in the future, this gets rectified because I want Miles to succeed.

@ubernegro

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