This is the year of the awesome heroes for our kids! Girls have Wonder Woman and now boys have Spider-Man. Wait, what? Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Wonder Woman was so terrific because we’ve been desperately lacking inspiring female heroes. Yeah, there’s a few lady heroes out there, but usually they get the supporting role, not a feature. We waited way too long for Wonder Woman to get her own movie and THAT’s why Wonder Woman rocked the box office.
But…if you’re a boy mom, I think you know that our boys need someone to look up to also. And so many super heroes are just too far from the real world.
But not Marvel’s new take on good ol’ Spider-Man.
I took my boys to see Spider-Man Homecoming this weekend and it was AWESOMESAUCE.
See, Spider-Man has been taken back to his 1960’s comic book roots. He’s not really a man at all, but a boy of 15. He’s geek at magnet school, the Midtown School of Science and Technology. He’s the brightest kid on the Academic Decathlon team (that’s a real thing, by the way) and a member of the marching band. We meet his best friend when Ned asks help him build his new 3000 piece Death Star set.
Yes, this is a kid boy moms should love. Someone you want your own sons to hang out with.
What else is awesome about our new Peter Parker? He doesn’t have a lot of money, so when he loses his backpack and break his phone while out protecting his neighborhood…he goes without. He’s shown carrying his books without a pack, and his phone keeps turning up with more screen cracks as the story progresses. These are nice details that Marvel left for us. Later in the movie, his friend is shown doing the sidekick tech support AT THE SCHOOL COMPUTER LAB.
He also loves his Aunt and doesn’t want to reveal his identity as Spider-Man because he’s afraid she’ll ground him. He’s a super hero with enhanced strength and the ability to walk on walls, but he’s afraid of his tiny Aunt.
And probably the best part is Peter Parker is just a teen trying to figure out how to do the super hero thing. He makes mistakes. He falls from his web. He saves cats. And he desperately tries to show off for his mentor, Tony Stark, who doesn’t really have time for a teenager.
Good for our Girls, too.
Spider-Man might be about a high school boy, but Marvel has been doing a great job portraying women. Since Peter goes to a science and technology school, all of his friends are smart kids. Peter’s big crush is the popular girl, who’s the captain of the Academic Decathlon team. And there’s no damsel in distress in this version of Spider-Man. In other super hero movies the villain usually finds the hero’s girl friend and kidnaps her…but not this time. I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but our villain in this film is a family man who steals from the government because they wouldn’t let him do legit work. He sees Peter as a pest, but also as a kid he can push out of his way with a few threats.
For My St. Louis Readers
We saw Spidey at the Ronnies 20 in the new DreamLounger recliner seats. If you haven’t caught a movie in these seat yet, you gotta do it. Marcus Theatres has been upgrading our beloved Wehrenberg Theatres since they acquired it in 2016. Normally I’m not too happy to see a St. Louis institution change hands, but Marcus seems to be taking good care of us.
You’ll want to buy your tickets in advance because the DreamLounger and IMAX seats are now reservable. You can still pick out your seat at the box office, but there’s few Dreamlounger seats per theater, so they go fast. It’s not a big hassle to claim your tickets online–Marcus is working with Fandango on ticket sales, so it’s pretty slick.
$5 Tuesdays & Magical Movies Reward card
Plus, you’ll want to sign up for the new Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres movie rewards card! You’ll get discounts on your snacks and they’ll wave the fee for using the online ticket system.
Think taking the kids to a movie is expensive? Nah, just go on Tuesday. That’s when you can get $5 tickets all. Day. Long. And the popcorn is free if you’re a member. Just do the math here, I spent $38 on Saturday afternoon tickets for myself and my 2 boys, then about $20 on popcorn and drinks. I could have saved $30 if we waited until Tuesday!