‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: A Review and Analysis

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My Review and Comparison to Past Spider-Man Films

Ever since the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve been waiting for years for Spider-Man to join the Avengers. No one thought that two movie studios would be nice enough to collaborate and give what the fans desire. In 2015, Sony and Marvel Studios did what no one thought was possible; they finally let our favorite webslinger into the MCU.

The delight I felt when Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War was palpable and I was seriously fan-girling knowing that he will have his own standalone movie as a part of the MCU. I only had one question in mind though, how would this new Spider-Man movie be any different from the past Spidey movies?

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The first Spider-Man movie starring Tobey Maguire was wildly known for its interpretation of the origin story. You know, being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, the battle with his most iconic foe, the Green Goblin as well as his romance with Mary Jane. In fact, one of the most iconic moments in this movie was the kiss in the rain while Spider-Man was upside down scene.

While the second reboot entitled The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield was known for the “untold story” of Peter’s childhood but what actually set it apart from the last Spider-Man installment was his saga with Gwen Stacy. By making Gwen into Peter’s intellectual equal, there was a connection that we didn’t see when he was clumsily courting queen bee MJ in the earlier movies.  We can’t deny the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone but although Emma did a fantastic job being Gwen, she’s no MJ so we all know how their romance tragically ended (both on screen and off screen, lol).

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In Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland, there was no genetically altered spider, no back story, no Mary Jane and no Gwen. Otherwise, it depicted the events after the Avenger’s airport ruckus or what Peter calls as his “Stark internship”.  The movie introduced Peter Parker as a 15-year old student who vlogs, a member of the decathlon team and has the usual unrequited crush for a popular senior student. As Peter struggles with his regular teenage problems such as house parties and the homecoming, he also tries to balance this with fighting minor criminals and proving himself to Tony Stark by deciding to take down the Vulture on his own.

What made this movie different from the previous versions though is not that this new Spider-Man has Tony Stark for a mentor nor that he’s an incoming member of the Avengers but the fact that he was exactly how comic book fans wanted him to be – literally a boy pretending to be a (Spider-) man. Aside from that, they finally got his goofy and sarcastic-villain-irritant characteristic right. I would easily say that this is my favorite Spider-Man movie so far.

Peter’s Classmates

You may or may not know this but Peter’s classmates are a big part of the movie as well. If you’re a long-time Spider-Man fan, you would notice their familiar names – Ned Leeds, Liz Allan, Flash Thompson and Betty Brant.

  • Ned Leeds is Peter’s best friend (Trivia: The actor that played him is pure Pinoy) and ends up being one of the few who knows Spider-Man’s true identity. Fan Fact: In the comics, Leeds becomes the Hobgoblin but this doesn’t seem likely to happen in this movie version.
  • Liz Allan is Peter’s love interest in the movie and was also a minor love interest of both Peter and Flash in the comics.
  • Flash Thompson is and will always be Peter’s high school bully.
  • Betty Brant is one of Peter’s classmates who got a jump on her journalism career as a reporter for the school news channel. In the comics, she works for the Daily Bugle.

Is MJ = Mary Jane?

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One of the most surprising and baffling moments in the movie was the part when Michelle (played by Zendaya) revealed to the decathlon team that her friends refer to her as “MJ”. It’s no mystery that she may play as the new love interest of Peter but what got everyone wondering was whether or not  she will be the new “MJ” aka Mary Jane aka the future-wife of Peter Parker. I, for one, won’t be happy if this new MJ ends up being drastically different from our fan-favorite redhead so I stalked the internet for answers.

We may all now sigh with relief because Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Michelle is not Mary Jane. Michelle is her own character in her own right. It seems Marvel is sitting on the “MJ” fence, waiting to see how fans would react before committing.

Additional Fun Facts:

  • The first post credit scene showed Vulture in prison and suddenly run into the guy he met in the ferry for the weapons deal. That man is Mac Gargan and if not for the evident hint of his large neck tattoo, I probably wouldn’t be able to piece together that he will someday become the Scorpion.
  • Everyone who watched Homecoming would probably remember the guy that Spider-Man interrogated in the parking lot. His name is Aaron Davis, who will not only become a villain called the Prowler but is also the uncle of Miles Morales. In case you didn’t know, Miles Morales became the Ultimate Spider-Man after Peter was killed by the Green Goblin in the comics.

A Random Set of Thoughts

1 of 3: Writing True

I’ve completely lost track of time and have not been able to post anything lately. I actually have a lot of unfinished writings in my drafts but I have not been able to finish any of those. It’s not even because I live in a country with crappy internet connection and I can’t find a better internet provider nor is it because I have nothing to post about; in fact I have a lot I want to write about. It’s just that lately I’ve been slowly deteriorating and losing the will to finish what I started because as the day of my inspiration’s departure is coming, sadness is leisurely creeping up on me. I try hard not to dwell on it, finding ways to distract my over-thinking melodramatic self so I steered clear for posting anything in a while. I needed a bit of “mind resting” because writing makes you think. Continue reading

‘Wonder Woman’: A Spoiler Free Movie Review + Facts

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Did you know that Gal Gadot and Chris Hemsworth recently exchanged tweets about a DCEU and MCU crossover? Fans of course would love the idea of the Justice League crossing over to the world of the Avengers but is it really going to happen? I doubt it but I’m not entirely losing hope because it actually already happened in the comic world! Yes, you’ve read that right. In one of those rare DC and Marvel comics crossover, Wonder Woman was able to lift Thor’s Hammer! Don’t believe me? I always have proof:

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It’s also quite rare to see a solo female superhero movie so ever since it was announced that Wonder Woman will have a solo film, I’ve been dying to watch it and see if Gal Gadot would live up to her character as the new Wonder Woman. Now that I’ve watched it, I have nothing but praise for the goddess-like actress. She perfectly fits the Wonder Woman title because she is literally a “wonder” – not only to the eyes but in so many other ways. But of course, as beautifully distracting as Gal Gadot is, this post isn’t about her. 

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My Review:
Wonder Woman was everything I expected it to be – an overtly yet subtle feminist film. As we all know, the Wonder Woman comics was inspired by feminism and the movie most likely showed a few of these.

From the prologue on Themyscira, Diana’s coming of age up to her venture in the human world. An all-female island where Amazonians are trained to be warriors thus making Diana believe she can do anything despite her gender – even defeating a god. Going inside a meeting full of men, comparing a secretary job to slavery and even not letting any man say what she can and can’t do. Wonder Woman celebrates feminity in many ways and shows that you should never apologize for being a woman.

Aside from championing feminism, Wonder Woman was also getting a lot of positive reviews for being the best DC film yet. You could already hear the collective sigh of relief from the head of the DC Films and Warner Brothers as Wonder Woman raised the bar for the entire comic-film game.

Wonder Woman is an emotional exploration of human inclination towards good an evil and at the center is a character who stands out among everyone else. It is a movie that deserves every ounce of praise it has been getting and definitely worth watching 😉

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Facts You Might Not Know About Wonder Woman:

  • Wonder Woman’s bracelet limits her power. In one issue of the comics, Diana removed her bracelets before engaging in a fight with a God and she becomes more ruthless and powerful. It was also stated in that issue that the bracelets were what defended her opponents from her intense power.

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  • Her tiara is so sharp that it can cut Superman.

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  • Wonder Woman and Superman became a couple on the comic world. She also once dated the Batman.

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  • In the early comics, Wonder Woman was shown to have the most ridiculous weakness: She will be rendered powerless whenever a man wields or binds her bracelets together. (Good thing this idea was tossed out in the 80’s)

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’13 Reasons Why’: 13 Differences of the Book from the TV Show

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As a book purist, I clearly despise alterations when it comes to film adaptations of books. Most of the time, I compare and complain. But with 13 Reasons Why, it was different. I did not mind the changes at all.

This is rare for me but I got to admit, the TV Show was so much better than the book. Watching it gave me a lot of feels. Don’t even get me started with the last two episodes, the rape-scene deeply scarred me while the suicide scene will forever be engraved in my mind.

There are adaptations that makes unnecessary changes but with the 13 Reasons Why TV show, the changes were exactly what book readers like me needed to satisfy our conflicting feelings about the book.

So what are those notable changes you ask? Find out below:

  1. Clay Jensen in the book had a crush on Hannah but they barely knew each other. He briefly worked with her over one summer in a movie theatre but was hardly friends with her and they were never as close as they were in the show.
  2. Clay listened to the tapes all in one night and never confronted anyone. While on the show as mentioned by Tony, he was the slowest yet to listen to the tapes which was caused by his anxiety (also not mentioned in the book).  He also confronted every person mentioned on the tapes.
  3. There was no Law suit in the book while it was one of the integral parts of the show.
  4. The book only showed Clay’s perspective and did not inform the readers how the tapes affected the other characters. The parents are also more involved in the show which was never mentioned in the book.
  5. Sheri Holland from the series was Jenny Kurtz in the book.
  6. The order of tapes was changed. Clay was the 9th person to receive the tapes followed by Sherry/Jenny unlike in the show where he was number 11 followed by Bryce.
  7. Courtney was not a lesbian in the book and she spread a different rumor. Unlike in the show where Courtney and Hannah’s kissing scene was intentional, the girls act out an entirely fabricated scene, pretending to be into each other in the book. Courtney also started rumors that Hannah had sex toys in her bedroom rather than the rumor she spread that Hannah was into threesome in the show.
  8. Jeff doesn’t exist in the book. Jeff in the book was the unnamed boy who crashes into a car with an old man after Jenny knocks down the stop sign.
  9. Bryce in the book was a total jerk and not the resident “nice” guy he is in the series. He is known for grabbing girls and manhandling them. In the show, he overall doesn’t come off like the threat he actually is because he’s nice to everyone.
  10. In the book, Hannah does not flee when everyone but Bryce got out of the hot tub and even when he started putting his hands on her, she just stays there not moving. In the show, it was a full on attack. She begged Bryce to stop and very clearly kept trying to get away from him.
  11. Hanna originally committed  suicide by swallowing pills unlike in the series where she slit her wrists.
  12. The public exposure of tapes was never done in the book. 
  13. The book ends with Clay going to school the next day after mailing the tapes to the next person on the list (Sherry/Jenny), as instructed by Hannah. In the series, Clay skips number 12. Instead he secretly records a confession from Hannah’s rapist and adds it to the box, before sending the tapes to the last person on the list.

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But you know what I think the biggest change was? Season 2! The 13 reasons Why had no sequel whatsoever, it had an open-ended ending where readers were left to imagine what happened next. So I’m glad that that was not the case for the show. I’m surely looking forward for the next season!

An Introvert’s Thoughts to The Cyberworld

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Sometimes, I stay up late at night contemplating why the flow of my life is slow-paced compared to others. It’s like everyone’s riding a bullet train while I’m on a Tata Nano, waiting for people to push me before I go on full speed.

I periodically go through moods where I feel like I need to disconnect myself from the real world just to maintain the state of my mental health. But I never learn so while I disconnect myself from the real world, I connect into the cyberworld.

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The Geektrospect Foodventure Series: Cavite, Makati, Tagaytay Restaurant Reviews

One of the things I’m going to try out on this blog is to post a month’s worth of restaurants I’ve been to and try to give a review about them.

This is far from what I want my blog to contain but I’ve thought about it and since the boyfriend and I see to it that we go to a different place every time we eat out, it would be a shame if we keep our ‘foodventures’ to ourselves. This is also me trying to add a more personal touch to this blog especially now that I’m planning to pay for its domain name and hosting (working on this atm).

On this post, I will backtrack to the restaurants we’ve been to so far or at least the ones which I’ve managed to save photos of.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’: Brief Review + Meaning of Post-Credit Scenes

Are you one of those keeping up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? With all the Marvel films lined up this coming years, the MCU will certainly expand. If you miss out even just one movie, I assure you there will be parts of these MCU films you will find confusing (or easter eggs you won’t even notice). But no worries! You can check out my previous post so you can backtrack and see if you’ve missed anything.

(Yep, shameless plugging right there. LOL ;))

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the 3rd movie of ‘Phase 3’ and the first MCU film this year which will immediately be followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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A (Watching) Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The release of the Thor: Ragnarok trailer and a friend asking why Hulk was there gave me the idea to share a guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In case you’re still living under a rock or have no idea that everything in Marvel is “connected”, this guide will (hopefully) help you understand the connection between each of the Marvel films and TV series.

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Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

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“A circle is the strongest shape in the universe. Nothing can beat it, nothing can improve upon it. And that’s what we want to be: perfect. So any information that eludes us, anything that’s not accessible, prevents us from being perfect.”

Book Summary:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, famous musicians playing on the lawn, athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.  

(From the publisher.)

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Affairs of the Heart

This post is quite personal and something I solely dedicate to my partner.

I’ve been bursting with sooo much love for the past years that I can no longer contain myself. I really have to write about this feeling and just let it explode and be known by whoever that might read this.

If you personally know me, you would know that I’m in a long-term relationship with an extraordinary guy named Gerald.  We’ve been together for 5 years and already on our 6th this year. What I’m about to post is our story – how it started, some events that happened in between and the thereafter. So sit back, relax and endure the long post ahead.

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