The Defenders Is More Prelude Than Culmination

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has completely redefined the modern entertainment zeitgeist to the point where it’s difficult to remember a time when shared universe storytelling did not infect every aspect of pop culture. (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

Still, if the recent path of Marvel’s relatively low-budget Netflix offshoot of its uber successful mainstream cinema fare is any indication, even a juggernaut praised as much for financial success as storytelling quality can falter.

With The Defenders, I fear the “neighborhood” MCU Daredevil did such a great job of setting up seems poised upon the brink of narrative oblivion.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Understands its Hero … and Soars Because of It

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Spider-Man is and always has been my favorite superhero. Much of that is owed to growing up in the 90s and early aughts, but in my view, Spidey was the first hero to get right what a lot of the DC legends got wrong. Admiring a hero from afar is fine, but to get truly invested in one, you need to be able to sympathize with him. Peter Parker is the everyman. He’s the first comic book character whose true identity is more important than his heroic alter ego.

To date, none of his (now many) film iterations have managed to strike the balance between Peter and Spidey, human and hero while finding the melding point between the two, which is often as indistinguishable for the character as it is for the audience.

Yeah … they got it right.

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