Doing whatever a spider can!
The second reboot of our beloved Spider-Man character from Sony has finally swung into theaters with Tom Holland as the new, young, and fresh take on Peter Parker. Only this time, he is part of a much larger family: The Avengers.
Sort of. Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place a couple of months after the events of Captain America: Civil War (with a very funny intro made by Peter Parker himself as he video blogs how he came into the action of that movie), with the excitement still reeling from hanging with The Avengers and an amazing suit given by Tony Stark, Peter is back home in New York attending high school by day and being a hero at night. Anxiously awaiting another mission from Tony, Peter seeks to find what he can do on the “ground level” as much as he can.
This is where Homecoming separates itself from the other previous versions of Spider-Man. While Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield has their moments of “figuring out” how to be Spider-Man, Tom Holland’s take is so honest and true to the comics it brings a whole new side to the character. This Spider-Man is just a kid, 15 years old for that matter, and he’s dealing with drama at school, senior crushes, popularity, and also trying to be a superhero. He has no idea what he is doing, and he’s very clumsy at executing his actions.
As Spider-Man finds small ways to help out the city and its people, he eventually stumbles upon larger threats that really put the city in danger. From the beginning of the movie we are introduced to Michael Keaton’s Vulture, who is very intimidating and villainous; Keaton brings his A-game as usual which makes him very pleasant to watch on screen. With him being the major player around this crime syndicate selling alien weapons, Peter is hell bent on stopping him, without Tony’s permission to prove that he can be part of the team.
The action that takes place throughout the movie is pretty exhilarating to watch. With Spider-Man now being so young, tiny, and flexible, he’s all over the place; along with his funny comments talking crap to the bad guys. However, he’s still so new at crime fighting, he makes plenty of mistakes; even with his Jarvis-like spider suit that Tony provides him that even has an “instant kill” mode in it. Some of his mistakes are saved by his heroic actions, and other almost end up catastrophic, which eventually leads Iron Man to intervene.
With Peter feeling like he is failing as Spider-Man, and seeing the Vulture continuing to run his crime business, he again gives his life to prove that he can truly be the Spider-Man for his city. The story alone is great; it feels like a coming of age sense and a growing experience for the young man. With a large supporting cast like Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, and of course Peter’s hilarious classmates, there is a lot of really fun faces to watch on screen. Another pleasant note is that the movie is very funny, with lots of jokes and even some crude humor that will make it even more entertaining.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming finally out, and it being a new gateway into a whole new world with the MCU, it is so relieving and fun to see that we have the Spider-Man we deserve. We are hopefully in for a treat as Sony and Marvel continue to make this deal and leave Spidey in the MCU for the foreseeable future; however, with recent announcements that Sony’s spin-off movies Venom and Silver Sable and Black Cat movie NOT taking place in the MCU and instead being in it’s own universe, how is this all going to play out? Only time will tell, but hopefully with the success of this movie they can all share one home someday.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is fantastic. It succeeds all expectations, opens up a great first chapter in the hero’s life, it is entertaining and hilarious, and gives us a true incarnation of Spider-Man that we’ve always hoped for. Stan Lee should be proud to see his baby back on the big screen.
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Final Score: 9/10
By the end of the movie, Vulture is defeated and Spider-Man is almost made an official Avenger, but decides to stay in New York. In the post-credit scene, Vulture is in prison and speaks to one of the arms dealer he met with earlier in the film who happens to have a scorpion tattoo on his neck. His face is also heavily scarred and damage, and wants to plot against Spider-Man. Could this be our new villain in a sequel? The Scorpion would be a fun adversary, but maybe as a secondary plot.