iBoy is a #Netflix adaptation of the 2010 young adult novel by Kevin Brooks. It is about a teenage boy whose life gets changed forever when he wakes from a 10-day coma after being shot. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time when visiting the home of his school crush, Lucy, played by the sensational Maisie Williams.
If you are a fan of Maisie’s work in Game of Thrones and Doctor Who, then her performance in iBoy is not to be missed.
'iBoy' Brings Us A Superhero Film With A Twist
Much like Marvel's #Spiderman from 2002, both heroes come across their abilities by mistake. iBoy’s protagonist Tom Harvey (Bill Milner) got his powers after being shot while calling for help. Fragments of his smart phone were left embedded in his brain due to the blast and now he has the telepathic power of manipulating electronic devices with his mind. Similarly, Peter Parker (Toby Maguire) became Spider-Man after being bitten by a radioactive spider, which then gave him spider senses and the ability to spin webs and climb buildings with ease.
Not only are there similarities in how the heroes get their powers, but this is also the case with their family lives. Neither iBoy nor Spiderman have their parents involved in their lives, and now live with older relatives. Peter Parker lived with his Aunt May and iBoy lives with his grandmother (Miranda Richards). Neither relative is fully aware of their double lives and serve as a grounding anchor in both narratives.
iBoy’s super powers include controlling other peoples electronic devices, visualizing digital data, stealing money from bank accounts and general access to people’s personal details. He uses his hacking skills to exact revenge on the gang who attacked Lucy and shot him in the head. Tom claims that his vigilante style of justice is to protect Lucy.
iBoy allows us to see a very different side to the public persona of Maisie Williams popularized by her character Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Lucy is not as strong and confident as Arya. She is vulnerable and an easy target. Likewise, Spider-Man’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), was put in danger because of his actions and then needed rescuing.
If You Like Spider-Man, You'll Like 'iBoy'
iBoy and Spider-Man break the mold of stereotypical superhero characters by making the hero someone who is relatable to many. The awkward and geeky high school boy becomes an unlikely hero. iBoy has taken the premise created by Spider-Man and given us our first smartphone superhero capable of accessing all the knowledge in the world within an instant. Although it's on a much smaller scale than Spider-Man, iBoy’s similarities with the #Marvel classic are still evident.
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