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SPIDER-MAN Comes Home to Marvel Films

He’s been “amazing” and “spectacular” but Peter Parker — the SPIDER-MAN has never had a HOMECOMING like this! However will the web-slinger stand on his own after joining the CIVIL WAR?

Of any other superhero in film, with the exception of perhaps the Batman, everyone’s favorite web-slinger Spider-Man has proven blockbuster gold for Sony Pictures, a fact not lost on the studio who only recently loosened its noose on the Marvel Comics character allowing him to join the Marvel Films cinematic universe! It’s quite appropriate then that the hero’s next silver screen outing has secured as its title Spider-Man: Homecoming since the last time we saw Spidey he was taking on some pretty heavy guns in Captain America: Civil War.

Spider-Man first swung into action joining the rest of the Marvel Films characters in “Captain America: Civil War” now Peter (Tom Holland) is coming home!

Stepping into the very famous spandex will be Tom Holland who did a pretty good job of going toe-to-toe alongside Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) against his longtime Avengers teammate Captain America (Chris Evans) when that group of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes found themselves on opposite sides of the issue. It’s fair to say that young Peter Parker got himself caught up in the middle of the beef when his hero, industrialist Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) persuades the high schooler to fight for his side!

Back In The Swing of Things

We’re about to find out whether or not that was a good decision on Peter’s part, after all, he’s got to come back home to New York City and pick things up where he left off. Directed by Jon Watts this Spider-Man feature is promising to borrow less from its five predecessors, and set up its own web of intrigue. For starters, it will assume that everyone is already invested in our friendly neighborhood amazing Spider-Man and his origin will not be a primary play of the narrative that ensues. We all get it — Peter Parker (Holland) is bit by a radioactive spider, etc.

The film’s arc will apparently pick up shortly after Peter returns from his escapade helping Tony take down Cap and his crew. An eager Mr. Parker is now eager to prove he’s got what it takes to join the ranks of the mighty Avengers, but he’s got homework and high school to think about first. That’s right, Peter is back in high school and this 15-year old is trying to balance term papers and fighting crime. Then there’s the appearance of the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. Everything starts to unravel for Peter when this hi-tech avian hitman moves in on his territory.

Spidey saves the day in one of the film’s most daring scenes which combined practical and CGI effects to bring to life his death-defying rescue of the Staten Island Ferry.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will mark the first appearance of the Vulture, one of the classic villains in the character’s rogues gallery. Adrian Toomes first plague our hero’s existence in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 published by Marvel Comics in 1963. Toomes is depicted as a brilliant inventor who scavenges technology from the Avengers first battle against the alien forces that rained down on New York City in Marvel’s Avengers. Envious of Tony Stark, Toomes has decided to outwit Iron Man and instead will find himself facing off against the two heroes.

Already Spider-Man: Homecoming is winning over fans especially of the established Marvel Films cinematic universe who have been looking forward to seeing this character join the rest of the line-up. With the Avengers: Infinity War promising to deal a dark hand to some of the long-standing heroes that have been apart of this universe (including Agents of SHIELD and Netflix’s Defenders cast) Peter better be careful what he wishes for. Spider-Man has been already been confirmed to play his part in that storyline which will bring everyone together to battle Thanos.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters nationwide on July 7 and is distributed by Sony Pictures in collaboration with Marvel Films.

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iReview :: TRANSFORMERS: The Last Knight

The world of the Transformers is on the verge of collapse and as far as their concerned, they’re taking everyone — including the human race — with them. How can the two races survive when their leader Optimus Prime has been turned into an instrument of destruction in The Last Knight!

Whether you’ve been a fan of director Michael Bay’s Transformers film franchise or not, one thing is for certain, it was the only toy-turned-big-screen star to survive the boom of the new millennium. Hasbro, the toy manufacturer that holds the claim on the property, also attempted to get several of its other brands to crossover, but Transformers was the only one that stuck. A decade, and five films later, audiences are still filling multiplexes to catch their favorite alien robots duke it out!

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More than Meet the Eye

Perhaps the success of the Transformers can be easily equated to the nostalgia factor of the brand. Based on the toy line from the 80s that gave rise to the equally popular animated adventures, the enhanced mythology that has been built around this property has far-reaching resonance with its audience. The idea was always very cutting edge; the origins of these technological marvels, robots from a far off planet called Cybertron engaged in a civil war that lands them millions of miles away from home, and forced to hide in plain sight on Earth.

The evil Decepticons, conquerors by nature, are now determined to rape the planet Earth of its raw resources in an effort to return to their home planet and defeat their enemies, the Autobots, a heroic group of rebels lead by Optimus Prime. The human race finds itself caught in the middle of these two titans as the battle escalates, and the power struggle between the two forces threatens to upend all the good that could come from these newfound allies. When Michael Bay launched the franchise in 2007 with Transformers the film was an instant hit!

Fate of The Last Knight

With the recent trend among movie studios now to dilute franchise fatigue by simply “rebooting” the same brand every other year or so, dusting off some of the old and retooling casts and elaborating on the “origin story” formula, when Paramount Pictures decided that Transformers needed some refreshing, they asked Bay to “move things in a slightly different direction”. The last film Age of Extinction did away with most of the previous three films core group of characters, and recast a proven action hero Mark Wahlberg as the lead human.

His everyman mechanic/inventor Cade Yeager was a step-up from the millennially marketed hero that was keeping the driver’s seat warm. The robots, of course, are the real stars of the film, but Wahlberg brought a new kind of legitimacy to the franchise and was able to kickstart the franchise’s “Generation 2” act which pushed the mythology of the Transformers further than the previous installments. Though the intention all along to build on the world of the alien robots and their connection with the human race was something that Bay profited from putting forward.

Now with the fifth film Transformers: The Last Knight there are suggestions that this will be the last one, at least in this series, and perhaps this may be true especially since its director capitalized from including story points from across the previous films to tightly wrap things up, but also leave a very important plot point hanging just in reach for the inevitable follow-up. What sets this episode apart from its predecessors is how much more richly developed the story is; the narrative is so much more inviting regardless of whether audiences were connected to the previous four films’ narrative or not.

The Transformers are all mostly fugitives being hunted down by humans who want them off the planet and gone, especially after the events that ravaged Chicago (see Transformers: Dark of the Moon) and have gone into hiding along with Cade, but there appears to be an object moving towards the earth and threatening it with annihilation! The humans strike up a bargain with the evil Decepticons, when they learn that Cade is in possession of an amulet that prophecies the arrival of the “last knight”.

It all leads to the inevitable final battle with the humans caught in the middle and Optimus Prime’s alliances in question!

And although everything may feel as if it was tightly wrapped up and delivered to an end, there is that particularly significant plot point mentioned earlier. Among all the Transformers, perhaps the most dangerous has proven the planet-sized devourer called Unicron first introduced in the 1985 animated full-length feature Transformers: The Movie. That creature we learn lies dormant and embedded within our very planet, and it is threatening to awakening soon! So what will that mean for the Earth itself? We’ll have to wait and see!

See the trailer here:

Transformer: The Last Knight directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel and Laura Haddock is now showing in theaters everywhere and is distributed by Paramount Pictures.