Spider-Man Is The Spark The Marvel Cinematic Universe Needs
Captain America: Civil War marks Spider-Man’s sixth appearance on the big screen. It also happens to be his best.
As we mentioned in our review, Spider-Man is so good in Civil War, he practically steals the spotlight from seismic MCU veterans Captain America and Iron Man. So much of Tom Holland’s incredible performance is grounded in authenticity (which I know is odd to say considering he plays a teen bitten by a radioactive spider, but stay with me here). Simply put, he is effervescent—a kinetic spark that completely reinvigorates the friendly neighborhood superhero after years spent hanging in Iron Man’s shadow.
Under Marvel’s hand, Spider-Man sure feels like he’s home.
Spidey’s spark is a direct result of his age, which has always been one of Peter Parker’s defining traits. Parker is essentially the original teen superhero, or at least the first one that resonated with comic book readers. The balance between his teenage life and the great responsibility of being a superhero is what helped make him Marvel’s most popular character.
Now, for the first time in the character’s live-action history, an actual teenager is portraying the teen webslinger. It may seem like a novel idea for Hollywood, but it’s the right one for the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Whatever Marvel plans, Peter Parker’s long-awaited introduction into the MCU certainly feels like a new beginning. Not only for Spider-Man, but also for the studio. Marvel owes its indomitable foundation to Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye—but Spidey, with his blinding enthusiasm, is its future.