The Evolution of Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always been a fan favorite and even before I knew the difference between Marvel and DC Comics I knew who Spider-Man was. So imagine my surprise when they brought Spider-Man into the MCU. I couldn’t be more excited. Here was this superhero that I had known since I was a child standing alongside awesome characters like Iron Man and Black Widow and fighting Captain America! Awesome! And since his incredible debut in Civil War he has only gotten cooler which is so exciting. So today in the decreasing countdown for Infinity War it’s time to look at his evolution so far.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Spider-Man’s involvement in Civil War wasn’t huge in the slightest but just his presence made the movie ten times better. Tom Holland easily took the title for coolest Spider-Man and he brought something that hadn’t been introduced in the MCU at that time; a teenage superhero. His naivety made the airport fight a blast to watch and to see his interactions with the other more seasoned veterans was simply one of the joys of the film. This film also set up the mentor/apprentice relationship between him and Tony Stark which was another fun thing to watch. All in all, bringing to the MCU was one of the most brilliant moves Marvel has made so far.

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

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In Homecoming we get to see Peter Parker in his element as an honest teenager who’s facing the woes of teenhood as he’s juggling his feelings for one of his fellow high school students, Liz, while also trying to be an Avenger caliber superhero at the same time as he tries to stop an illegal weapons dealer (who also happens to be Liz’s dad…shocking!) from possibly causing mischief for the world.

The perfect thing about this movie is it’s kind of a coming-of-age story for Peter without all of the origin story content that we’ve seen a million times. I mean, we all know Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and his uncle died. We don’t need to see that happen for the third time in the past decade. (The writers of Batman movies haven’t gotten the memo yet. I don’t think they will ever stop showing us how Bruce Wayne’s parents got murdered. Ugh.)

I love how at the beginning of Homecoming they really portray him as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man but by the end of the movie he is a bona fide Avenger with a new suit and everything. That’s one of the greatest scenes, to me, out of all of the Marvel movies and it’s such a prideful moment for Peter as he walks away from the Avengers facility as a full-blown hero which he wanted to be since Civil War.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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When Peter Parker returns he’ll be ready to stand alongside the Avengers yet again but this time he won’t be facing a little illegal weapons dealer. He’ll be facing Thanos and that will definitely be the ultimate test for him. I’m excited and scared to see what happens.

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Is It Just Me or Is ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Lion King the Same Movie?

Black Panther has become the movie craze of the year so far as it has generated the most social buzz for a movie ever, has people yelling Wakanda Forever around the globe, and has become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time!!! And while all of this is absolutely spectacular I have discovered a huge conundrum with this film and it has something to do with The Lion King.

This past Friday I watched The Lion King after not having seen it in years and as I watched the movie I realized, to my great shock, that the story of Simba’s rise to becoming a king was nearly identical to T’Challa’s journey to becoming king of Wakanda. So, after discovering the stunning parallels to the two movies I had to write a post about it. Enjoy!

Both Simba and T’Challa’s Fathers Died Tragically

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For young Simba he had to witness his father Mufasa fall to a grisly death after Scar secretly killed him. For T’Challa his father was caught in a devastating explosion that ended up taking his life. Both Simba and T’Challa deeply loved their fathers and looked up to them as they were raised. The only difference between the two future kings was Simba ran away in fear while T’Challa plotted his revenge to kill his father’s murderer. And that leads me to my next parallel between the two characters.

Both Characters Saw Their Fathers in the AfterLife

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For Simba and T’Challa they had unique rites of passage that let them come into contact with their fathers in the afterlife and both moments for these characters were pivotal to their stories. Simba, after seeing his father again, decided to turn his back on the leisurely life he was living to pursue his title as King of Pride Rock. T’Challa, after his final encounter with his father, decided to open Wakanda to the world after learning the terrible truth his father had tried to keep from him that he had killed T’Challa’s uncle and left his nephew stranded and orphaned in the United States. That decision to leave Erik behind almost led to the doom of Wakanda.

Simba and T’Challa Were Both Thought To Be Dead

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One of the major story lines in Black Panther and The Lion King was the disappearance of Simba and T’Challa when their countries needed them most. For Simba he ran away as a child after his father’s death, leaving the lionesses and the other animals within the region under the tyrannical reign of Scar. T’Challa was presumed to be dead after his confrontation with Erik Killmonger and Killmonger assumed the throne, casting Wakanda into a dark time indeed. And that leads to yet another parallel between the two movies.

The Main Villains of Both Films Were Family Members

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In The Lion King Simba’s arch nemesis was his uncle Scar who wanted control over Pride Rock and the throne for his own selfish gains. In Black Panther T’Challa’s main foe was his African-American cousin, Erik Killmonger, who wanted to take the mantle of king since he felt it was his rightful place as second heir to the throne. That’s a very blatant parallel between the two films.

These four topics are the most blaring similarities between the two movies. Black Panther is, of course, the much better told story of the two as it is crafted for older audiences and presents ideas and topics that really resonated with the world and its internal struggles today. And besides, it’s a fun Marvel film. You can’t beat that. But it’s kind of disappointing to find out this incredible superhero flick that I thought was so original was just a ripoff of an iconic Disney film that came out two dozen years ago. Both films had their slight differences but each film’s main gist was nearly identical! I couldn’t believe it!

It also feels a little strange considering The Lion King was a fictional Disney movie based in Africa through the story of Africa’s animals and over two decades later another Disney film has arrived starring a superhero’s journey out of Africa and it was basically the exact same story. They really couldn’t make a fantastic Black Panther film with an original plot? Does this mean we’re going to have another Disney movie set in Africa twenty-four years from now in 2042 that’ll be an updated version of Black Panther‘s story? I guess Disney’s logic was this; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. *shrug*

I still love Black Panther though. I’m just surprised at how unoriginal the movie actually is.

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