Sony and Marvel Studios did it! There is finally another Spider-Man film worth watching! Spider-Man: Homecoming is an excellent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and might be better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It was a great move to bring Peter Parker back to his roots, as the story really works well. Thankfully, Sony learned its lesson and didn’t try to recreate its past films or obnoxiously retell a well-known origin story. With the help of some familiar MCU faces, Homecoming fights its way into becoming a huge winner.
Homecoming takes place two months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and fifteen-year-old Peter Parker (Tom Holland) just wants to be acknowledged as a real superhero by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Naturally, he bites off more than he can chew and gets involved in taking down Adrian Toomes/Vulture (Michael Keaton), who is selling Chitauri-tech weapons made from the scraps of the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Peter’s journey is two-fold, which gave the character more depth. The best thing about the story is the minimal mentioning of Spider-Man’s origin.
The story is strong in multiple ways. The teenage vibe is perfect and is displayed in a great way. It feels authentic and natural with a cast of teenagers/young adults, so the dynamic finally felt right. The story connections to the MCU also felt natural and unforced, which was a big plus. There was actually a good villain played by a fantastic actor. Iron Man’s presence wasn’t overwhelming or pushy either.
The comedy in the script uses the same Marvel charm that viewers are used to instead of the lack of any charisma that the last two Spider-Man attempts had. The script was well-written and made sense, again unlike The Amazing Spider-Man films. Homecoming is a clever film that truly embraces being a part of the MCU. The visuals were also great, and everything looked very real.
The acting was solid all around. Holland is an excellent young Peter and was the perfect pick for the role. Jon Favreau reprised his role as Happy Hogan, Stark’s bodyguard/driver, and was great as always. Downey Jr. played more of a father figure role, which was an interesting turn for his character. The best performance might be by Chris Evans, who shows up as Captain America in a few hilarious old school-esque training videos. I’m not sure how he delivered the lines with a straight face. Marisa Tomei was very underused as Aunt May, which was surprising. I hope she has a bigger role in the sequel. And, of course, Keaton is as good as ever.
There’s really nothing to dislike about Homecoming. Teaming up with Disney-Marvel is the best thing Sony could have done for the cinematic survival of Spider-Man. With plenty of humor, heart, and drama, Homecoming is the perfect summer superhero film.
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