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Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.
—  Reinhold Niebuhr

The first Homecoming trailer swings into action, shedding light on some of the questions that have been plaguing the fan community for months. Let us delve. After months of heroics, Spider-Man looks pretty good at beating up bad guys, so the film will not get bogged down with scenes of superpower discovery or of rehashing the death of his uncle. Rather than the classic love interests, Liz is the protagonist’s crush while Zendaya, or “Michelle,” says Peter is a loser. Zendaya continues to deny she is Mary Jane, but, of course, “MJ” could end up being her initials as a twist or even a nice little Easter egg nod to the character; she does say that Michelle is a dry and awkward intellectual who does not need to talk to people because her brain is so far ahead of typical high schoolers. Does that ring a bell for anyone else? I kid, I kid. So Michelle is basically weird (perfect half to Parker, honestly). In addition to zooming past the origin story, Homecoming offers the promise of finally giving Spidey a mentor who is not dead and not destined to become a villain. Ned serves as the best friend who will probably help teach Parker about taking on the role of a hero; a key part of what makes Spidey so fun is that he has buddies who know his secret identity, meaning the story will not depend on the tension of maintaining it. Sam Raimi films have the best foes in history; there is not enough in the trailer to suggest one way or the other if Vulture will be able to transcend history, but a surprising revelation is that Donald Glover appears to be involved with the winged villain or at least is hanging with someone who uses Vulture tech. One of the most enduring images from the original trilogy is Spidey stopping a speeding train; here, we see him pulling a similar move to keep a ferry from splitting in two, paying some serious homage. The final shot is what everyone wants; there are three distinct scenes with Tony: the one in the limo, the one at Avengers HQ, and the one with the superhero team-up. Ugh, I cannot wait for this movie!!!

Key Moments from the Homecoming Trailer, by Aaron Couch.

History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the
conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon?’
—  Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
George B. McClellan

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George McClellan was a major general during the Civil War. He commanded the Army of the Potomac and (briefly) served as general-in-chief for the Union Army. He gathered and trained an impressive army, but unfortunately his flaws overshadowed his abilities. He constantly demanded more troops, weapons, and falsified the enemy’s numbers. He kept other generals and President Lincoln in the dark about his so-called plans for victory. Whenever an opportune moment to strike a blow against the Confederate Army arose, he rarely took the chance. When Robert E. Lee retreated after the Battle of Antietam, McClellan did nothing to weaken him. He allowed Lee to escape back to the South. 

I blame him for the Union’s dismal start in the Civil War. He was a spoiled brat, and egotist, and completely paranoid that he was always among enemies. My hatred for him grew this past semester when I wrote a research paper on his relationship with Lincoln. Several times I had to walk away from my laptop and take a break from writing, simply because I could not take his shenanigans anymore. Oh Little Mac, you raise my blood pressure like no one else.