Not all movies are equal. Some have more riding on them than your typical summer blockbuster. There are some movies upon which the future of not just the character, but a franchise lies. Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of those movies.
Given the long history of behind the scenespolitics that is even still rumbling on with the Spider-Man character & franchise, many have *NEARLY* forgotten that there is a new Spider-Man movie just after hitting theatres! After two attempts at bringing the character to the screen, is it finally third time lucky?
Short answer, a resounding yes. Spider-Man: Homecoming smashes it out of the park in what seems to have been the dream deal between Marvel Studios & Sony Pictures to get a Marvel produced Spider-Man fitting into the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Peter Parker fits into his super suit. Snug.
We don’t want to get into too much detail of course, however it’s fair to say that Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hits all the right notes all at once. Unlike other Spidey movies that got bits and pieces right here and there, Homecoming feels like it was lifted directly out of the pages of some of the best Spider-Man comics and slapped straight onto the silver screen with a gusto.
Plot-wise, we have to ask why nobody decided to take the superhero formula and jam it through a blender with plenty of John Hughes-esque spice before now because the result is tremendously fun. Even with the typical superhero beats throughout, the comedic sensibilities contained within and the rebellious but hopeful youth trying to find his place in a world where Iron Man, Captain America & co. all exist makes for a super fresh watch. With some of these films you get a second or third act that feels rushed or lags, however with Spider-Man: Homecoming everything feels quite seamless and moves along really nicely.
Character-wise, Tom Holland strikes the perfect balance between geeky shy Peter Parker & cocky but way out of his depth rookie Spider-Man. As if he took some of the best part of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker & Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man and melded them together with his own charm & immense acting skills to become the ultimate Peter Parker. Following on from Ego the Living Planet getting a fair crack of the whip in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture also gets a more than fair villainous treatment. Given that there has been plenty of criticism levelled at Marvel in the past for how some of their villains have been treated, it looks like they have finally turned the corner and learned from past mistakes. Keaton’s character also gets a couple of beautiful twists in during the final act of the film but we’ll keep those for a spoiler discussion!
The supporting cast to be fair are literally just that. This is a Spider-Man movie after all, but that’s not to say that they don’t pull their weight brilliantly when required. Peter’s best friend Ned Leeds perhaps has the biggest role of the supporting roles and Jacob Batalon does a hilarious job throughout! Even Tony Stark aka Iron Man is only used when effective and necessary to the plot. Enough so that it wasn’t just a marketing ploy but not too much that he was a crutch the movie was leaning on.
Given that this is Spider-Man’s first full outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is also plenty of little Easter Eggs and references to the rest of the extended MCU dropped throughout so keep your eyes and ears peeled as well as those TWO end credit scenes. Stay in those seats!
For us, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the definitive Spider-Man movie. Something that many felt was never going to happen (Spidey produced by Marvel) all came together to produce something amazing and spectacular. We genuinely hope that this deal continues long into the future with Tom Holland behind the web-shooters because it feels like something very special has been stumbled upon here. Spider-Man is finally getting a treatment that feels as iconic as the character himself does.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in all cinemas nationwide now!