Most of you are probably thinking “another Spider-Man movie?! Really?!” but I assure you it is different this time around, Spidey is finally back where he belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Of course this new iteration of the wall crawler was already introduced last year in Captain America Civil War as a large cameo but Spider-Man Homecoming directed by John Watts will be his first solo MCU outing and as a huge Spider-Man fan I could not be more excited. There is just so much I love about this movie! It is probably the closest thing to accurately adapting Spider-Man from the comics. You can really tell a great deal of care and attention to detail (minus one huge timeline breaking detail) went into the making of this movie.
With any great movie it all starts with the story and there is a great deal to love about Homecoming. First off I love how much smaller and personal scale it is compared to most comic book movies. It’s a very personal struggle of Peter coming to terms with his powers and dealing with a threat that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world. Instead it’s one that affects his life and community he loves. Part of that was due to Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He is honestly the best Spider-Man to date, and I really loved both Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield but as far as capturing the essence of the character the best I think Holland knocks it out of the park! It’s so great seeing how genuinely awkward and nerdy he is as Peter as well how witty and confident he is when he’s Spider-Man, but what really sets him apart is the subtle traits you can observe like how he does get scared during the battles and is often unsure if what he’s doing is right, that stuff is ripped straight out the comics. It’s fun seeing him coming to terms and growing into his powers in actual meaningful moments that build up his character.
I love how the movie does weave itself well into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe but also manage to be very enjoyable as a standalone movie. Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man is in this movie and I was worried that he would feature to much in the movie and take away spotlight from Spidey but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was he in there the perfect amount but it really added well to Peter and Tony’s growth as characters, Peter, who’s lost both his father and uncle in his life looking for a father figure as well as Tony looking to be the mentor and father that his father Howard never was to him.
Let’s talk about the villains specifically the Vulture played masterfully by Michael Keaton. I can confidently say that the Vulture is the best villain in the MCU to date! He is so well developed and has such a clear and understandable motivation for everything he does. He’s likable and threatening all at the same time. The way they manage to explain the creation and function of his suit and Vulture wings was insanely cool to see on screen. I also like the grounded approach to the Shocker he had enough recognizable traits from the comics but not to the flamboyant levels as his bright yellow and red costume in the comics.
The high school setting this time around was actually a huge part of the story and really added life to this movie. This movie is hilarious, the comedy is on par with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and much of that was due to just how awkward and diverse of situations you can put Peter in in high school very similar to a normal teen rom com genre movie. I’ve already mentioned the main leads but the two standout supporting characters for me were Ned, Peter’s best friend played by Jacob Batalon and Karen, the Spider-Man suit AI, played by Jennifer Connelly. Both were easily the funniest characters in the movie and had me laughing out loud. Last thing I want to mention is the twist in this movie was incredible. I swear the twist that occurs at the end of the second act made my jaw drop I honestly did not see it coming at all and it made the movie infinitely better from that point on! If I had one complain about this movie it is that the final confrontation between Spider-Man and the Vulture was a bit disappointing and seemed to be cut a little short. It was a bit unsatisfying but I see why they did it the way they did.
There is so much more I could talk about like the excellent visuals, effects and the awesome score by Michael Giacchino but I will leave it here. This movie somehow manages to be a great balance that is a teen romantic comedy with an infusion of super hero elements. It perfectly captures what kind of story I want from Spider-Man as well what people love so much about his character. Plus for the hardcore fans this movie is chock full of easter eggs to find throughout the movie. I still believe that Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 is the best Spider-Man movie but I am glad to say that Spider-Man is back and can’t wait to see him in Infinity War as well as his solo sequels!