Welcome home, Spidey! With great power, comes… you know what, we’ve seen this before – twice actually. The origin story while necessary for 98% of the superheroes that have had big screen adaptations is not for two of the most well-known comic book characters in the history of comics. Those two being Bruce Wayne / Batman and Peter Parker / Spider-Man. Not diving into the origin for a third time for Spider-man was the best decision that was made for this iteration. All this new spiderman needed was a couple of lines of dialogue that reference what he goes through and that is exactly what we are given.
Once news broke that Marvel Studios got the rights to share Spider-Man with Sony on the big screen, previously exclusive to Sony, a giant sigh of relief was heard across the globe. And once the first trailer for Captain America: Civil Wardropped, the proof was there smacking us in the face – Marvel Studios and our lord and savior Kevin Feige finally got it right. Both previous actors, although great actors don’t fit both Spider-Man and Peter Parker collectively. ‘Tobey Maguire’ is a fantastic Peter but not a good Spider-Man, ‘Andrew Garfield’ is a great Spider-Man but not a good Peter. And both are well over 30 playing a high school student. Neither feel authentic to the comics.
Marvel gets the casting of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) correct. He not only looks like a teenager he’s a convincing one only a couple years removed from his teen years. He’s also very athletic, the perfect fit for the Spider-Man Marvel Studios was going for. If you have read Spider-Man comics, a lot of time is spent while he’s in high school. The plan is to have this new trilogy throughout his high school years starting as a sophomore. Tom is the perfect mix, the epitome of the character as a whole. He’s socially awkward, a genius, extremely optimistic, enthusiastic, nerdy and a bit of a loner, if you don’t count his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon).
“No, this is where you ZIP IT, all right? The adult is talking! What if somebody had died tonight? Different story, right? ‘Cause that’s on you. And if you died, I feel like that’s on me. I don’t need that on my conscience.“
All Ned wants is to be the guy in the chair. Jacob brings a great sense of humor to the character as anyone could when finding out your best friend is the Spider-Man from YouTube. All he wants to do is tell everyone who his best friend is, and he nearly does, which is a huge no-no in the superhero community. He has some of the best one liners throughout the film and his and Tom’s chemistry rivals some of the other duo’s we’ve been introduced to prior. The dialogue is particularly strong in this new iteration of Spider-Man, it’s charming, clever and downright funny. Marvel has had a string of comical films that have a lighter tone, and this follows suite.
That’s not to say that there is no darkness in this film. The speculation on what famous villain would show up to interrupt Spidey’s life. Enter Adrian Toomes aka the Vulture (Michael Keaton). Marvel has a history of having a poor villain to oppose its hero. This isn’t the case. Keaton just loves to portray hero’s and villain that are named after flying creatures. The writing and character development is something that has been lacking in past films but Marvel is starting to gain momentum with its villain choices. Keaton is chilling and intimidating as Vulture. His motivations are made clear and present while he scares the living s*** out of Peter. Adrian isn’t stupid either, he picks up on things better than past villains which makes him a scary antagonist to go up against.
It was a pretty bold strategy to cast Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) as a younger woman. In the comics she’s notoriously older and in poor health. Marisa and Tom have excellent rapport on screen together as this wasn’t their first time in their respective roles.
Let’s face it, Sony wasn’t utilizing Spider-Man correctly – do I even have to bring up Spider-Man 3 with Tobey going full emo? That film needs to be scrubbed from my memory. The deal Sony and Marvel made, saved this dying franchise. Marvel is able to breathe new life into this character making him more relatable and truer to the comics than ever before.
“So she doesn’t, good. Close to the vest, I admire that. I’ve got a few secrets of my own. Of all the reasons I didn’t want my daughter to date! Peter, nothing is more important to me than family. You saved my daughter’s life, and I could never forget something like that, so I’ll give you one chance. You ready? You walk through those doors, and you forget any of this happened. And don’t you ever, ever interfere with my business again, because if you do, I will kill you, and everyone that you love. I’ll kill you dead. That’s what I’ll do to protect my family. Pete, you understand? I just saved your life. Now, what do you say?“
Where were you when the world lost its minds when Michelle (Zendaya) was called “MJ”? She isn’t Mary Jane Watson. Let me say that for those in the back in case they didn’t hear me… She ISN’T Mary Jane. Marvel Studios isn’t stupid enough to make Peter’s wife (happens in the comics and in the Raimi trilogy) a completely different person. Michelle is just as quirky and quick witted as Peter but she’s just observant, ok.
This film also has a Stan Lee cameo (obviously). This is a pretty funny one too. While attempting to foil a grand theft auto, Stan yells at Spider-Man that he’s beating up someone who isn’t committing a crime, its genius. This film, although in phase three doesn’t offer any news on the last missing infinity stone, sorry. There are also two post credit scenes’ in this film. The mid credit scene shows Adrian Toomes in prison confronted by Mac Gargan (Michael Mando) aka The Scorpion. Could this be a tease for a possible Sinister Six introduction? Maybe. The second post credit scene shows Captain America (Chris Evans) preach to us about patience (probably for the wait off the Infinity War teaser trailer)
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a breath of fresh air for the Spider-Man franchise. It’s charming, funny and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can’t stress this enough, Tom is the perfect choice for Peter Parker and the best adaptation of the character from comics to screen. There is a reason he was fast tracked to appear as a cameo and then have his first movie, it’s that great. If I were to rate Spider-Man: Homecoming, I’d rate it a 4.7 out of 5.
So, tell me guys, have you seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and if so, what do you think about it? Do you agree or disagree with me? Comment below or send me an email and let me know what you think.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts is Rated PG-13 and has an 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Spider-Man: Homecoming was released on July 7th, 2017 and has a runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes. Spider-Man: Homecoming can be streamed on Disney Plus.
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