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Spider-Man: Homecoming Review Part 2

Read Part 1 here.

I’ve talked about Homecoming as just a movie, but what about as an adaptation?

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Another sad thing about the Zendaya/MJ train wreck is that it’s fucked over two characters simultaneously (three if you count Peter).

Basically Mary Jane gets fucked because this is aggressively not the character at all.

But Michelle as an OC also gets fucked because now all fans are going to see her as is a betrayal of Mary Jane.

Plenty of people (of which I am not one) legitimately LIKED Michelle when taking her as her own thing. But now this shit compromises that.

Michelle is always going to be either watched under a microscope to see when/if/how she will evolve into a Spider-Man’s love interest and when/if/how she will evolve into the Mary jane people recognize OR she is going to get glared at and shot dirty looks if she continuously FAILS to ever become recognizably Mary Jane. 

Except if she does evolve into the Mary Jane people recognize people especially newer fans) who LIKED her as she is now may well/will probably be pissed the fuck off that she’s done such a 180 on her character and is no longer recognizable from how she was to begin with.

This really is up there as one of the most assbackwards dumb decisions ever taken in a Spider-Man movie.

It’s like something you’d have read in one of the Sony e-mails when they were still considering Mary Jane and Gwen becoming symbiotes and mud wrestling or Norman Osborn’s head being frozen!

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“In Disguise” - Brightyn Brems, Center Stage Performing Arts Studio (Orem UT), mini contemporary solo, 1st overall, Nuvo Westminster CO, April 2017
★ Choreography by MJ
Main Title Theme (Small Ensemble Version), The Leftovers ~ Max Richter

COMIC BOOK REFERENCES & EASTER EGGS - Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

How awesome is Spider-Man: Homecoming?! It’s funny, thrilling, and has lots and lots of Easter eggs for fans to spot! The following is a guide to all the ones I’ve spotted along with any deviations from the source material (I will update this as more come to light). Note that owing to the convoluted and complex nature of comic books, I’ve tried to include only the most essential information regarding a character’s history and backstories.

As per the source material, Damage Control is a company that repairs and cleans up areas in the wake of a fight between superheroes and villains. In both media Tony Stark is part owner of the company, with Anne Marie Hoag being the director.

The film has Peter Parker attend Midtown School of Science & Technology whereas in the comics it’s Midtown High School. The school was established in 1962, a nod to the year in which Spidey made his debut.

According to director Jon Watts, the Iron-Spider-Man suit from the source material was an indirect inspiration for the Spidey suit in the film. The red and gold costume designed by Tony Stark had audio and visual amplifiers, allowed Peter to glide, and also contained three mechanical arms with cameras on the end. Peter has Ned override the Spider-Man suit’s systems, something which we find out Peter has done to the Iron Spidey costume in The Amazing Spider-Man #536 (2006). The web wings are first seen on Steve Ditko’s original design of the suit, and can be spotted on the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). We also see Peter use spider-tracers in the film. In the comics they’re devices Peter created to allow him to track foes as well as allies should they need his help. And while Spider-Man can’t summon an army of spiders, when Otto Octavius was in control of Peter’s body, he used a bunch of spider-bots to keep an eye on New York City. Tony asks Peter to just be a “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man,” which is a self-referential phrase Spidey uses in the comics. 

Spider-Man thwarting robbers wearing superhero masks comes from Ultimate Spider-Man #42 (2003), though in the issue we see the criminals sport a Captain America, Iron Man, and a Batman mask. Another moment taken from the comics is when Spidey finds that he can’t swing around suburban New York due to the lack of tall buildings—this occurring in The Amazing Spider-Man #267 (1985).

In the comics Adrian Toomes is an electronics engineer who developed an electromagnetic flying harness. Becoming a thief, he called himself the Vulture. The ruffles on Toome’s jacket in the film is a nod to the Vulture’s green comic book costume, which has a feathered collar. Though he’s usually depicted as having an exposed head while in the suit, the Vulture has on occasion worn a helmet, like the one accompanying his red and black Sinister Twelve outfit. Like the film, the comic book incarnation did indeed have a daughter, though there she’s named Valeria. A car on the Staten Island Ferry bears the number plate SM2-0563, referring to The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (cover dated May 1963), which features the Vulture’s first appearance. 

We see two incarnations of the Shocker in the film: Jackson Brice and Herman Schultz. The comic book incarnation of Brice never took on the identity of the Shocker (the character did, though, in The Spectacular Spider-Man, 2008-09, animated television series), but was a part of the Enforcers, going by the name Montana and using a lariat as his signature weapon. Schultz was a safecracker who developed two gauntlets that could produce force blasts. Both characters in the film wear an outfit with yellow arms, a signature colour from the Shocker’s comic book costume. 

The Phineas Mason/Tinkerer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is much younger than his comic book counterpart. Both are inventors who create and supply weapons to criminals. Mac Gargan is a private investigator and the first to take on the Scorpion identity, having gained superhuman strength and a full-body suit with a mechanical tail (in the film the character has a scorpion tattoo on his neck). In the mid-credits scene Mac tells Adrian Toomes that he knows people outside of prison who would love to meet Spider-Man, a possible reference to the Sinister Six.

Peter’s friend Ned could be a nod to Ned Leeds. In the comics, Leeds didn’t go to the same school as Peter, but did work as a reporter at the Daily Bugle. He would eventually take on the mantle of the Hobgoblin after being brainwashed by Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin. His appearance and personality though seem to have been modeled after Ganke—they even included the character’s love of Lego!

The character of Liz in the film brings to mind Liz Allan, another one of Peter’s classmates from the comics. Though both versions have a mother named Doris and serve as a romantic interest for Peter, in the source material the character is Caucasian with blonde hair and isn’t related to Adrian Toomes. The Flash Thompson of the MCU bullies Peter just like his comic book counterpart, though he’s not a jock and is academically gifted. This cinematic incarnation has a Guatemalan background, and instead of teasing Peter with “Puny Parker,” he uses “Penis Parker” instead! We see Betty Brandt co-host the school’s news program with Jason Ionello. In the comics Brandt worked with Peter at the Daily Bugle and was in fact his first girlfriend, while Jason is a fellow student at Midtown High School. Michelle revealing that friends call her “MJ” is an interesting nod to Mary Jane, Peter’s most well known love interest. For the record, Kevin Feige has stated that Michelle is not intended to be Mary Jane Watson. There’s also an Asian girl named Cindy, a possible reference to Cindy Moon who was bitten by the same spider that gave Peter his powers. Possessing similar abilities to Spider-Man, Cindy goes by the code name Silk.

Additionally, many of the staff members in the film have counterparts stemming from the comics. Mr Harrington could be a reference to Roger Harrington, principal of Midtown High and the one who hires Peter as a science teacher. Mr Cobbwell may be referring to Professor Cobbwell, an electronics expert whom Peter assisted. Coach Wilson could be a nod to the character of Whiz Wilson, a gym coach at Centerville Junior High School. 

In the comics Aaron Davis is a master thief from the Ultimate Universe who goes by the name the Prowler (which you can see listed as an alias of his when Spidey scans him, along with the name Brian Pichelli, referring to writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli). During his “interrogation,” Davis tells Spider-Man that he has a nephew. In the source material, Davis’ nephew is Miles Morales—who takes on the mantle of Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker. Additionally, if you look closely you can see that Davis’ number plate reads UCS-M01, referring to Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 (2011), Miles Morales’ debut issue. 

Among other items being moved to the New Avengers facility is Thor’s magic belt, Megingjord. In the comics this item increases Thor’s strength when worn. 

Spider-Man being trapped under a pile of rubble is a moment taken from The Amazing Spider-Man #33 (1966). When Peter looks at his reflection in a puddle we see the iconic split image of Peter and Spidey, something artists would draw whenever Peter’s spider-sense was activated. 

The films ends with Aunt May finding out that Peter is Spider-Man. This is another moment taken from the comics, occurring at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man #35 (2001) when May walks in on an injured and sleeping Peter with a tattered Spidey suit next to him. 

In addition to the comic book references, we get a ton of MCU Easter eggs. The film recounts the airport battle from Captain America: Civil War (2016) told from Peter’s perspective. Damage Control takes over the cleanup in the wake of the Battle of New York. Captain America appears in several public service announcements shown at the school (with his status as a war criminal being mentioned), and students are taught about the Sokovia Accords. Bank robbers can be seen wearing Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk masks. Howard Stark and Abraham Erskine can be seen on a mural at Midtown School of Science & Technology, while a photograph of Bruce Banner can be seen in Peter’s classroom (clearly Banner is one of our greatest scientists!). The Tinkerer says that the Shocker’s gauntlet came from a cleanup in Lagos, suggesting that it’s a modified version of one of the ones Crossbones used (the other was destroyed when he exploded, remember?). There’s a Korean Church of Asgard next to the Thai restaurant May and Peter visit, implying some people are worshipping Norse gods in the MCU. The answer to one of the questions the decathlon team practices with is “strontium, barium, vibranium.” Spidey pulls out an Ultron head from Vulture’s bag. Principal Morita (played by Kenneth Choi) is the grandson of Jim Morita (also played by Kenneth Choi), who was a member of the Howling Commandos; his photograph is on display in the principal’s office. Tony sells off Avengers Tower and relocates to the New Avengers facility. The Vision is mentioned (along with his habit of phasing through walls), Pepper Potts makes an appearance, and Happy Hogan mentions that he’s been carrying around Tony’s engagement ring since 2008, referring to the year Iron Man came out and the debut of the MCU. 

Other things to point out include the piece of graffiti that says “Bagley” (seen on a building when Spider-Man is eating a churro), a reference to artist Mark Bagley, known for his work on the Ultimate Spider-Man series. And though it isn’t a part of the MCU, the famous upside down kiss from Spider-Man (2002) is referenced when Karen urges Peter to kiss Liz after he rescues her.