There are movie franchises that I care a great deal about, likeAlienandStar Trek, and others that I really don’t that are still enormously popular, like theFast and FuriousandFriday the 13th. There are venerable film series that have been trundling along for decades with various degrees of success likeJames Bond. And then there’sMarvel’s Cinematic Universe, an ongoing series of films that have not failed to be excellent in nearly every way — even when I didn’t think they possibly could be.
The latest entry in the MCU,Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, adds yet another achievement to this series of films that already includes Iron Man, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and a host of supporting heroes — and villains — in it’s ever expanding roster. A film critic once describedThe Lord of the Ringsas having more characters than the Bible. The MCU embodies this sentiment like no other film franchise since.
In modern cinematic history, there have been three big screen Spider-Mans. Spider-Men? Fine. Three big screen Peter Parkers. All three actors have their merits and flaws, but which one is the best? So, to answer the question, I watched Spider-Man (2002) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) back to back to refresh my memory on Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s performances. I’ve watched Captain America: Civil War a few times, so Tom Holland’s is already fresh in my mind.