Spider-Man: Homecoming is the 2nd reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland returns in his 2nd outing as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The film is directed by Jon Watts and also stars Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Does this movie live up to the massive hype? Let’s review.
Now I have said this a thousand times, Spider-Man is my favorite fictional character of all-time. So my hype for this movie was through the roof, but there was also nervousness. I haven’t liked a Spider-Man movie in 13 years really. Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were all major disappointments to me and I had serious concerns about the character’s future. But that all changed when Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came to a deal to have Spider-Man be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then you know the rest. 19 year old Tom Holland was casted in Captain America: Civil War, stole the show, and now has his first movie in the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming. So now the important question, how was the movie?
The movie is GREAT! Spider-Man: Homecoming is truly a homecoming in more ways than one. Now when thinking about this movie; I know that I shouldn’t, but I cannot help but compare this to the other Spider-Man incarnations. Tobey Maguire was great as Peter Parker but not as good as Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield was good as Spider-Man but not so much as Peter Parker. After watching this and Civil War, I am happy to say that Tom Holland is without a doubt the best Peter Parker/Spider-Man to date. He’s portrays everything I wanted to see from Peter. He’s a normal kid with normal problems and he loves being Spider-Man. When he’s swinging around as Spidey, he’s having a ball and I loved that they showed that side of Peter. For the MCU in general, it’s also a fresh take. We’ve seen the billionaire, we’ve seen the soldier, we’ve seen the god, and we’ve even seen the wizard. But we have never seen this huge universe from the eyes of a kid. And it was glorious from that perspective.
Now that we’ve gotten past Holland’s performance as Spider-Man, let’s get into the rest of the movie. The movie is an absolute blast and is crazy fun. It also strikes the perfect tone for the movie. It’s funny when it’s supposed to be and it’s serious when it’s supposed to be. That makes for a well-balanced movie overall. As for the supporting roles, everyone did a good job. I loved Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, I loved all of Peter’s classmates (especially Ned), and of course loved RDJ as Iron Man. I also thought their usage of Iron Man was perfect. He’s really in the movie for 15 minutes and when he’s there, he brings it as usual. The movie also really adds a nice element to Tony’s story. As we know, Stark has had regrets with his father and in this movie; you see that Tony Stark sees a lot of himself in Peter Parker. I loved that relationship and it made for some of the best scenes in the entire movie.
But the one actor that stood out was the great Michael Keaton as the Vulture. What also makes Spider-Man great is his villains. The Vulture is the comics is a classic villain but one that was never taken that seriously. But Keaton is great as the Vulture. He also has great motivation to explain why he does bad things and it makes him somewhat sympathetic. Plus the costume looks amazing and I never thought I’d ever say that about the freaking Vulture.
The only real negative that I have with the movie isn’t really a negative to the movie, it’s more of a preference. I am a huge Spider-Man fan and I am a traditionalist when it comes to Spider-Man. So they change some characters drastically from their comic book versions and some of it doesn’t work for me. But if I walked into this movie having not read a comic book, then those characters are still good characters. I also didn’t like that Peter’s main supporting cast wasn’t even in the movie. What I mean by that is that there is no Uncle Ben, no Harry Osborn, no Gwen Stacy, and no Mary Jane Watson. So that’s a bit frustrating but that’s also a preference and I get why they did that. This is the 3rd incarnation of Spidey in 10 years. You can’t keep redoing the same thing over and over again, so I get it.
But in conclusion. Spider-Man: Homecoming met my huge expectations and is one of the best movies of the year. I put it slightly ahead of Wonder Woman and behind Logan for best superhero movie of the year. If I were to re-rank my list from yesterday of the Spider-Man movies, I would put this 3rd behind the original Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. But that’s no knock on this movie, it’s great. So thank you Marvel Studios, you brought Spider-Man home and he’s back where he’s supposed to be. Also look out for Easter eggs and stay for BOTH post credit scenes. See you in Avengers: Infinity War Spidey!
Written By: Steven Santoro (SVS_1993)