Superhero Central – The Summer of Heroes

Sara Massa-Anchor Staff

As I wrote in last week’s issue, this year has been abundant with heroes in film. This summer in particular had the box office dressed in its own pair of spandex with the mass of superhero films. We had “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” come out May 5 to start the season and it was the best definition of “beginning with a bang.” The film picks up two months after the first, and we are thrown into the Guardian’s world with the team fighting a tentacle monster that spits rainbow colored balls of fiery energy and baby Groot dancing to the tunes of Electric Light Orchestra. Not only are the graphics amazing, the storyline takes a dark turn I don’t think anyone saw coming. Plus, Stan Lee’s appearance in this film pretty much confirms one of the strongest fan theories regarding Stan Lee himself.

Next was “Wonder Woman” that was released June 2 and is the very first female solo film in both DC and Marvel franchises. Diana is the child of Themyscira, an island hidden from time and is only inhabited by Amazon warrior women. I confess that throughout the movie I was making constant comparisons to Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” film that came out in 2011. Both Wonder Woman and Captain America feature a soldier named Steve, both help the war efforts (the difference being World War I and WWII) and both heroes carry shields with stars on them to protect themselves. Even with that, the film was a great example of female power and broadened horizons for other female heroes to get their own solo films.

Lastly was “Spiderman: Homecoming” which came out July 7, made old and new fans of the web-slinger unite. The film takes place a few months after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” where we first introduced to the latest incarnation of Spiderman. In “Spiderman: Homecoming,” Peter Parker is trying to keep up with school and his late-night activities as the “friendly neighborhood Spiderman” while also trying to convince the one and only Tony Stark to make him a part of the Avengers. I’d call this movie a coming of age film as Peter figures out the hard way what it really is to be a superhero and the dangers it puts not only himself but the people closest to him.

If you have not watched any of these great films yet, some are still in theatres so go and take a day to watch the movies that really made this year have a super summer.