Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man returns with a movie that, for the first time since Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 2,’ IS FANTASTIC.
So if you didn’t just read the header above, I really loved Spider-Man: Homecoming. I’ve had a very dull relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only really loving two movies, the Guardians movies. I enjoyed the first Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, but apart from that, the MCU movies have all been very “meh” in my opinion. If you love geeking out to them, great. For me, it got boring after the first Avengers, which just didn’t feel unique apart from the fact that all the superhero movies were together. Basically, most MCU movies felt very monotonous. But not anymore.
Spider-Man is one of my favorite superheroes, mainly because I could identify with him the most, even as a young kid, since he himself, is just a kid at heart. In Homecoming, we see him portrayed by Tom Holland, who does such a great job at capturing the young rebellious teen aspect of Peter Parker being Spider-Man, it honestly shocks me that he’s 21 in real life, and not 15 like he is in the movie. The movie skips the origin story that we don’t need, and picks up immediately after his experience in Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker wants to prove himself to Iron Man/Tony Stark, hoping to earn a spot on the Avengers team. Stark, however, just tells him to remain the “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” Stark doesn’t have kids so of course he doesn’t realize that telling a teen they can’t do something is a recipe for disaster. Soon Spider-Man starts investigating the activities of the super villain Vulture, and things start getting a little too intense for a 15 year old who is also worrying about asking a girl out to the Homecoming dance, a task more frightening than fighting a gang of bank robbers to most young superheroes.
This movie feels like a real breath of fresh air in these times of very bleak and formulaic superhero movies. Homecoming is much more lighthearted, focusing a lot of its time on the teen aspect of Spider-Man’s character. I’ve read a lot of complaints about this, and I think if you’re gonna get upset about this movie not being as dark or as intense in terms of stakes, I think you’re missing the point. If Spider-Man isn’t in the Avengers yet, his world will be completely different, as he hasn’t been exposed to the calamities and evil villains of the rest of the MCU. For me, the lighter tone, makes this movie all the more special. Spider-Man has a great wit and humor when he takes down bad guys, gets punched, or confronts someone. When he isn’t in the suit, Peter Parker is much more shy. Since he can’t confront his bullies without revealing his powers, he’s stuck with two personalities. The high school scenes are great and his best friend Ned makes for a fun sidekick to Peter and has some great one liners. Zendaya is in this movie…for some reason. Her character feels so useless and so shoehorned in that it literally made me groan every time she spoke. Because all her lines were just sassy one liner insults. Nothing more. Like why. Who thought that was a good idea. Okay that was my main flaw.
Michael Keaton plays Vulture in his third character with wings. If you don’t know what I mean…I can’t help you. His character is a little one-dimensional at times, and I wish they could’ve given him more motivation or background to his personality. But he proves a good foe overall to Spider-Man, and Keaton’s performance doesn’t disappoint.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the third MCU movie that I can say I love, and I cannot wait to see more of this Spider-Man in future movies. Tom Holland nails it, and makes me almost forget that The Amazing Spider-Man movies happened.