Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
Marvel’s sixteenth feature film has just entered cinemas worldwide and this time we’re shown the not-so origin story of Spider-Man. This has been our third Spider-Man reboot over the past 15 years and while a lot of people may be feeling Spider-Man fatigue from all of the different iterations, I assure you that this movie gives a breath of fresh air into the Spidey character and makes this film feel unique, different and not just more of what we’ve seen before. Spoilers for Homecoming from this point on, I say again spoilers from this point on so if you haven’t seen the movie yet I’d recommend not looking past this point.
Part of the reason why Homecoming feels different from our past Spider-Man films is that it’s an origin story without being an origin story, I know that sounds weird and doesn’t really make sense but it’s the best way I can describe it. Uncle Ben’s already dead in this universe, Peter’s been Spidey for about a year and a half, give or take, we hear about how he’s been bit by a spider and people know about him from the Spider-Man videos on YouTube. The film also succeeds where others have failed in the aspect of really showing Peter in school, and actually having most of the movie feel like the main characters are in school. It also helps that Tom Holland is about ten years younger than both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were.
This movie gave us the wise-cracking, happy Spider-Man that the other two movies lacked, yes both Maguire and Garfield’s Spidey’s had some of that but they never had near enough of it, it also didn’t help that a lot of the time their versions of Spider-Man came across as slightly dark and brooding characters. This Spider-Man however was cracking jokes constantly, having fun and generally acting the way I always imagined a live-action Spider-Man should be like, reading Ultimate Spider-Man before the movie definitely added to my enjoyment however. A lot of my point’s stated above came because of how great Tom Holland was as Peter Parker, I loved his version of the character and I feel like he may be my favorite Spider-Man yet. I look forward to Holland being in the center of the MCU when Phase 4 comes around and the current core heroes fade out.
This film also had something that a lot of the other MCU films have been lacking: an actual decent villain. I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed when I found out that Vulture was going to be the main bad guy, nothing about him in the comics has ever excited me or shocked me. He was really great in this, the fantastic writing combined with the superb acting of Michael Keaton gave us a great villain. Another thing that helped elevate Vulture above other MCU villains was that he was just a normal guy who was affected by the chitauri invasion, he hates Stark and the Avengers and he’s not trying to destroy the world, he’s just trying to rob Stark (the Lannisters send their regards), this was also a reason why I loved Baron Zemo in Civil War so much, he was just your average guy who has been forced to change with the new world they’re living in.
Aside from Civil War, I definitely feel like this movie is the most attached to an Avengers movie without actually being an Avengers movie, there was an unbelievable amount of tie-ins. We had visits to the Avengers facility, multiple videos of Captain America, posters of Bruce Banner, hearing about the Sokovia accords, Cap’s new shield, Thor’s new belt and even hearing about how the Triskelion (big SHIELD building from Cap 2) is still being cleaned up. And the best thing about all of this is that it doesn’t take away from the movie at all, it doesn’t feel like they’re trying to just shoehorn in references and cameos for the sake of continuity, they actually feel natural and it makes the world feel more real, like Peter Parker just grew up around these amazing things.
Spider-Man: Homecoming ended up being one of my favorite Marvel Studios films yet. The fresh take on Spidey combined with an excellent villain and just being overall fun gave us ( in my opinion) the first genuinely amazing Marvel movie since Civil War, and the best since the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
9.5 One of the best Marvel Studios movies in years.
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