Why Spider-Man Homecoming is a stronger side story than any of Marvel’s Netflix shows

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the more impressive achievements in the entertainment industry of late. Its latest entry, Spider-Man: Homecoming, draws heavily on the franchise’s existing history and characters, despite telling a smaller and grounded story than one of Marvel’s big team-up films like The Avengers or Captain America: Civil War. In fact, I’d argue that Spider-Man: Homecoming finally gets right what spinoffs like Marvel’s Netflix shows get wrong: giving us a true ground-level perspective of the MCU.

That’s not to say that Marvel’s Netflix shows — which encompass Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the upcoming Defenders and Punisher series — are bad. The gritty, more mature shows range from…

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