This week, there are two noteworthy events to watch out for: the 2017 Tour de France from July 1 to 23, and the arrival of Spider-Man: Homecoming on big screens this July 7. Here’s what you need to know about each.
2017 Tour de France
To the uninitiated, Tour de France is a yearly bicycle race held in France. It was first organized in 1903 and has been held annually ever since – except during World War I and II.
Tour de France, along with Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España are three of the sport’s Grand Tours, with Tour de France viewed as the most prestigious by riders and fans alike.
This year, 198 riders from 22 teams are participating in the Tour. The top favorites are currently Alberto Contador, defending champion Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, and Richie Porte.
As of this writing, the Tour is in the second stage with Marcel Kittel winning a sprint finish, while Geraint Thomas retaining the yellow jersey. Froome crashed because of wet conditions about 30km from the end of the stage.
Froome is currently in sixth, 12 seconds behind Thomas, but 35 seconds ahead of Richie Porte and 36 clear of Quintana.
The second Spider-Man reboot is finally coming to theaters this Friday, July 7, and it certainly looks promising – based on the early reviews, at least.
Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 92% approval rating based on 78 reviews (as of this writing, at least). Granted, having high review scores doesn’t guarantee you’ll enjoy the film, but what critics are saying is certainly encouraging.
The consensus is that Spider-Man: Homecoming delivers a “colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building”.
Origin stories can sometimes bog down, especially when they revisit the same plot points (e.g. Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider, Uncle Ben dies), but according to reviews, you won’t see that in Homecoming. It’s more like a coming-of-age story, but instead of teenage drama, we see Spidey square off with the Vulture.
July 7 can’t come any sooner.