REVIEW – With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic shutting down movie theaters and other gathering places, Disney and Pixar decided that the cure the world needed was to watch the latest superhero team-up, Onward, from the comfort of their living rooms while wearing superhero pajama pants (probably).
Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Star Lord (Chris Pratt) have become recent mainstays of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and overwhelming fan favorites. They did not interact with each other in the MCU until 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, where these two beloved heroes were briefly at odds with one another before reluctantly joining forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, and Tony Stark.
While that teamup lead to a fight with Thanos that nearly ended the threat of the Infinity Gauntlet before The Snap, it also left MCU fans wanting more. We didn’t know it at the time, but what we were all craving was a buddy road trip movie where the two erstwhile heroes bond and have a magical experience.
Heroes without Fathers
In Onward, is a film that highlights the fact Star Lord and Spider-Man both have father figure issues, and they get an opportunity to have one more day with their father when Spider-Man receives a mysterious, magical staff on his sixteenth birthday. The two are then forced to jump into Star Lord’s high-tech, futuristic vehicle to be reunited with their father figures and, hopefully, not kill one another.
Heroes with Daddies
The movie is filled with moments designed to tug at the audience’s heartstrings. Perhaps the most subtle aspect of this movie, however, is the fact that both heroes heavily resemble Yondu. This just goes to prove that a Marvel hero doesn’t need a father to have a daddy, and that’s the most magical lesson of all.