If, like me, you’ve been already pissed about having Spider-man rebooted so quickly, resulting in too many films about him in a short span of years, then having yet another Spider-man film might make you a bit skeptical. However, the deal Sony made with Marvel to make this film has made ALL the difference, in the best ways.
Spiderman: Homecoming starts a few months after the events of Avengers: Civil War, after an abbreviated Peter Parker POV of those events. Peter Parker, aka, Spider-man, is in high school. Hence the title Homecoming. It refers to his high school Homecoming dance. No origin story here, folks. Thankfully. Homecoming deals wit Parker still working out the kinks of being a super hero, along with some assistance from Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
When Adrian Toombs, aka Vulture, starts making weapons out of stolen alien tech from the clean up in Manhattan from the first Avengers movie, Spider-man – Peter Parker – tries to stop him, all while still trying to balance life as a teenager.
The first thing I noticed about this film is how light and funny it is. It’s basically a teen comedy with some superhero stuff thrown in. But also, you get a better, more fully realized villain in Vulture. Why? Because the script, sure, but because Michael Keaton makes you buy his role immediately.
Keaton as Adrian Toombs is written as a regular person, with real motivations to do the things he does. Spiderman: Homecoming opens on the destruction in Manhattan, and Toombs has a company that has a deal with the city to do the clean-up of the aftermath of the first Avengers film. But suddenly Stark’s company rolls in and takes over and essentially pushes Toombs out. He invested everything for this job and losing this job will cost him everything. He has people counting on him like his family, and all the men he employs.
I don’t think any other Marvel villain has gotten quite as much screen time as Keaton, either. We get to really know this guy, and we see that he isn’t completely a two-dimensional evil. He’s still a person, but he’s also not afraid to do what he has to in order to succeed. I think Michael Keaton did more with this guy than most anyone has done with a Marvel villain, and he gets props for that.
Tom Holland as Peter Parker is spot on. Just the right amount of earnestness and inexperience – and humor – to be a great Parker/Spider-man. He’s the awkward nerd in high school as Parker, but when he puts on the costume, he’s got a little more confidence and attitude.
This script has a LOT of writers credited – six – not including Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, guys who created Spider-man. So yeah, that’s a lot of cooks. Normally that’s a terrible sign, but here it manages to be great, perhaps because Marvel keep such a watchful eye on their properties.
There are a few changes from Spider-man canon, and those die-hards may be a bit put off. But in film, things are often tweaked so anyone upset by them will be the one’s losing here. Ok, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is the younger, cooler version of the character.
Homecoming is really funny, and much lighter in tone than previous comic book movies, which is a welcome change in tone. This is definitely a family film with a PG 13 rating.
Spider-man: Homecoming is pretty much all the quality you’d expect from a Marvel film, from effects to fun level, to the one and a half stinger scenes. Yes, stick around after the credits for a great one. This is one really fun film. Solid four kittenhands.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, really happy to see Spider-man in Marvel hands.