Spider-Man: Homecoming - 11 Things From The Comic You Need To Know

10. Homecoming? From Where?

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1984 saw the publication of Marvel's first (and so far best) Secret Wars event, that saw heroes and villains kidnapped from Earth by new all-powerful (for a while) villain The Beyonder, who makes them battle to the death on Battleworld with the promise of lavishing them with all they desire if they win.

Spider-Man: Homecoming saw the return of the Spider-Man (and the Avengers) from Battleworld and his return to "normal" duties after the Beyonder is ultimately defeated. In that respect, it shares spirit with Iron Man 3's post-trauma focus.

Interestingly, the arc apparently wasn't Marvel's idea: Mattel wanted to bring out a line of superhero and villain toys and insisted Marvel release an event story to help push sales. The toy company then proceeded to release a line of toys with absolutely no relation to the comics, including characters who didn't actually appear.

How It Would Work In The Film

It's ready made. Civil War - with its potential deaths and universe changing implications - is the perfect stand-in for the far sillier Secret Wars in the comics. In both cases Spider-Man will be forced to deal with the fall-out of a major ensemble event while coming to terms with new powers and renewed responsibility to his own city.


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