Release date: July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts (Cop Car)
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Jennifer Connelly (bet you can’t find her), Hannibal Buress, Martin Short (sorry I was a little long with this, but there are a lot of awesome people in this).
I have a bit of a hard on for Spider-Man. The first comic book movie I ever watched was the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man from back in 2002 and those first two Spider-Man movies are still 2 of my favorite movies of all time. I even have a bit of a soft spot for the third one. Then of course, the first reboot came and the dark times started. I had no problem with Andrew Garfield’s version of Spider-Man but Sony had started to completely misuse the character and those associated with it. Both “Amazing” Spider-Man films were trailers for future movies rather than being good movies themselves. Thanks to financial troubles Sony has taken a step back and let Marvel Studios make the film for them, meaning that this is the first time Spider-Man will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk.
Spider-Man returning to Marvel forced Andrew Garfield out and Tom Holland was brought in as the third version of Spidey in the last 15 years. It looks like the third time really is the charm with Spider-Man. Holland is the best version of the character that we’ve seen in live action. Peter Parker is displayed the way Stan Lee intended back in the 60s. As a high school student who is trying to balance heroism with everyday life.
Marvel tries their best to show all the connections between Spider-Man and the other MCU characters now that they will be in the same universe. Robert Downey Jr appears as Tony Stark, who plays the mentor role to Peter Parker. The trailers relied a lot on Downey but he doesn’t appear as much as I expected (which was probably a good thing). Jon Favreau returns as well as Stark’s right hand man Happy Hogan.
Director Jon Watts explained that it was his intention to make a hybrid of a superhero and a modern John Hughes (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) teenager film and I think he succeeded. Parker spends a lot of time in school with his classmates. Peter hangs with his best buddy Ned (played by Jacob Batalon) and Liz Allen (Peter’s first love interest in the comics) is Peter’s love interest for the first time in live action.
The MCUs villains might be the biggest flaw of the majority of their films so far but surprisingly it isn’t an issue this time. There are actually 3 villains in the film but the main villain is played by the great Michael Keaton. Keaton is the Vulture. The character gets a much needed modern update and Keaton actually plays a pretty scary villain. He reminded me a lot of the villains from the original two Spider-Man films. You can see things from Keaton’s point of view which is kind of rare for a Marvel villain. There are lots of other Easter eggs that tease some other potential villains and other Spider-Man characters that may appear later on down the road but it never overshadows the plot of the movie. A loyal comic fan will be happy with all the hints.
Homecoming keeps things on a fairly small scale. The state of the world isn’t exactly at stake in this film, but the stakes are still there. Vulture feels like a threat and Peter’s struggles are real. Every time you feel that Peter is getting ahead of the game something happens that makes things worse than before.
Do I think this is the best Spider-Man film of all time? Not exactly. It still hasn’t reached the level of the first two Spider-Man films but I still think its one of the best movies in the MCU so far and I can see myself watching this movie again and again.
Spider-Man: Homecoming gets 88 out of 100
Are you planning on checking out Spider-Man: Homecoming? What’s your favorite Spider-Man movie so far?