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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' works because of Iron Man's tech

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' works because of Iron Man's tech
From Engadget - July 11, 2017

Mild spoilers ahead.

Our new Peter Parker (played by the young Tom Holland) has a holographic display embedded in his gauntlets, allowing him to pull up information and track bad guys without a smartphone. There's a parachute that automatically deploys if he falls from a high distance. And his suit also automatically conforms to his body's shape (which seems much more convenient than squeezing into spandex). These features alone are a huge upgrade from the last five Spider-Man films, where Parker had to rely on his wits (and eventually, mechanical web shooters).

Later on in the film, we learn that Spider-Man's outfit is more like Iron Man's suits than we originally thought. There's a built-in artificial intelligence, similar to J.A.R.V.I.S., who ends up training Parker on his new capabilities. And while Spider-Man still relies on homemade webbing (not organic shooters in his arms, like in Sam Raimi's films), the suit gives him 576 different ways to use it. There's electroshock webbing, several lethal options (which is a bit strange for the web-slinger), and web grenades for wrapping up foes remotely. Spider-Man can fly now -- sort of -- thanks to new wing gliders. And to make it truly a product of our times, the suit's spider symbol also houses a reconnaissance drone.

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