Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
The third adaptation of everyone’s favorite webhead has swung its way into theaters and into my heart in the process. This adaptation of the web slinging superhero is very different than what we’ve seen before. On screen that is, there is a quite resemblance between this Spider-Man and the one you’ve read about in the comics. The most redeeming quality about this adaptation is the youthful exuberance it radiates. Maybe it helps that a 21 year old that actually looks like a high schooler was cast rather than what we’ve become accustomed to. The best decision the studio made was not making the audience suffer through another painful origin story. (they probably just assume we know it by now) I just really was getting sick of watching Uncle Ben die again and again.
There are quite a few positives with Spider-Man Homecoming. Tom Holland is great and with a few more films I think most fans will consider him their favorite version of the character. Michael Keaton is also fantastic as expected and I must say I dug his character. He was just a mean and gritty guy never over the top and one of the best MCU villains to date. His motivations were clear and while he wasn’t a large scale villain with a plot to destroy the world he posed a serious threat to a vulnerable Spider-Man. Whcih brings me to another point: This Spider-Man is vulnerable. He’s a kid he’s still learning to live with his powers. He makes mistakes that kids make. He clearly hasn’t mastered his abilities and is just dying to become a part of the Avengers and impress his mentor Tony Stark.
The high school depiction in this movie is actually done pretty well. Peter Parker actually feels like a high schooler for once as he’s supposed to. He doesn’t drive, he has school all day and he has normal problems that normal high school kids have. There’s a lot of stuff that a high schooler can relate to in this movie, try to find me anything like that in the first two adaptations because there isn’t much. It almost feels like it is a John Hughes movie taking place in the MCU.
Something that I was worried about was the use of Tony Stark in this movie. However I was relieved to find out that he was in the background and this is clearly a Spider-Man movie and not Iron Man 4. A complaint that I have is that some characters feel pointless or out of place. Zendaya’s 42.8 million Instagram followers will be disappointed to know that she does pretty much nothing and has no place in this movie. But she’s there primarily for the massive following she has. Donald Glover is there too, but I won’t complain about that one because he has somewhat of a point and man I love that guy.
I am also a bit disappointed about just how much of this movie was spoiled in the trailers. I knew the ins and outs of a few different scenes just from watching it and that kind of takes you out of the movie for a second, as you know what is about to happen and it would’ve been much more enjoyable if you didn’t know what was coming. (I’m talking about a certain scene involving a ferry)
Overall Spider-Man Homecoming is a blast and will go down as one of my favorite films in the MCU and as one of the most re-watchable. While most of the films in the MCU use the same formula, this one is different, it’s unique and innocent. It’s innocence becomes it’s most redeeming quality. It’s fun and lighthearted but its serious tones don’t miss the mark. Spider-Man 2 is great, but this is probably my favorite adaptation of the character. This time it was done right and how great it is to see the youthful exuberance that the character of Spider-Man brings finally portrayed onscreen.
**Please stay for the after credits–You won’t be disappointed