Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man Returns

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): we have seen Spidey before, making his debut in Captain America: Civil War for 2 brief scenes. After his debut performance was a huge hit with the fans, it was time for Tom Holland (who portrays Spider-Man) to step up his game. This film is not your typical origin story, meaning Uncle Ben does not die and Peter Parker does not acquire his Spidey sense, but rather has already taken on the role of  your ‘friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man’. It stars the incredibly charming Tom Holland, along with Michael Keaton who takes on the quite literal role of Birdman, that being the villain Vulture. In addition, we have Robert Downey Jr. as his mentor/Iron Man/Tony Stark, Laura Harrier as Liz, his temporary love interest, Jacob Batalon as his buddy Ned, Zendaya as observant Michelle “MJ” Jones and Jon Favreau as “Happy” Hogan. It was this incredible cast that brought you perhaps the best Spider-Man film yet.
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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding….

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Yet another superhero film to come out this year. Many mixed feelings resulted from this two and a half hour film; critics hated it, whereas fans loved it. Fans were however dissatisfied with Ben Affleck’s performance as the new Batman, as many had become attached to Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan’s incredibly successful trilogy. This DC comic-based film, a sequel to the Superman film Man of Steel, is the story of Batman and Superman who face the challenge of choosing to save the world and resolve the conflict instigated by discord sower Lex Luthor.

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Deadpool (2016) – Smart Ass, Bad Ass, Great Ass

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Based on the acclaimed Marvel comic book, Deadpool is the first Marvel film of 2016, and an absolute success. The film is not part of the MCU, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that it was produced by FOX Entertainment rather than Disney. Despite the failed attempt at the remake of the Fantastic Four, Fox Entertainment ventured to try again, and brought Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool to the screen. Together with the incredible ‘breaking the fourth wall’ technique, Deadpool is probably THE comedy of the year.

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