We have now seen three reiterations of the famous comic book super hero, Spider-Man. It’s a little insane to think that. It’s only been fifteen years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man came out, and it’s arguable that it helped changed the comic book movie genre. Yet, like I said, we’ve already had three.
After The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out people, including myself, gave it mixed feelings along with not getting the money Sony was hoping it would receive. This outcome led to the decision of Sony and Marvel studios putting Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, except we would get see a brand new actor portray Peter Parker.
This time we get to see Tom Holland play Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. After Peter helped out Iron Man in Civil War, he thinks he’s up there with the Avengers, but unfortunately he isn’t. Peter is constantly trying to get in contact with Happy (Jon Favreau) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), questioning what his next mission will be. While Peter is being ignored, he discovers a gang that works for Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Michael Keaton) is using weapons with mass destruction. Peter must stop him from destroying the city and prove to Tony that he has what it takes to be a full time member of the Avengers.
What’s new about this Spider-Man film is that it’s an all new fresh take. Though both Raimi’s and Webb’s Spider-Man films do have parts featuring Peter in high school, but a huge focus of Homecoming is Peter being a student in high school. The movie really emphasizes that Peter is a kid, who hasn’t reached his full potential on many things and still has a lot to learn.
We see takes on situations that we haven’t seen Spider-Man deal with in the past movies. They’re entertaining and creative situations as well, like Spider-Man figuring out how to travel with his web powers, yet there are no towers for him to swing on. That’s only a small glimpse of situations and action sequences that we see Spider-Man in. These scenes show that Peter is still learning with his powers, and each action sequence feels refreshing and new.
The movie might not have bigger stakes than maybe a Captain America or Doctor Strange movie, but it’s more of a character piece which is something the last three films lacked. We got to see a great amount of personality from Tom Holland, who is now my favorite Spider-Man. Holland was able to give a great amount of humor and heart. His character felt pure and showed he really cares about helping the city be safe from danger.
Tony Stark surprisingly isn’t in the movie as much as expected. It’s in no way a negative that we couldn’t see Stark in the film that much. It’s pretty great because this shows Holland is able to carry a film by himself without much support.
Keaton also helps elevate scenes in the movie. In a long time, we got to see a great Marvel villain. Not joking. Vulture is so far one of the better villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We get to see his reasoning for why Toomes does this. His character isn’t about ‘taking over the world’ but doing this in order to support his family and that makes him feel more compelling. You’re able to understand why he has to do this. Toomes is also menacing to the point where it’s uncomfortable to be around him at times. Keaton’s performance makes Vulture a fantastic character.
There are some characters and jokes that feel pointless at times though. Peter’s friend, Ted (Jacob Batalon), has some funny lines, but there are some jokes from him that are predictable and don’t feel clever. Michelle (Zendaya) is entertaining sometimes but some jokes feel off. Donald Glover is in the movie for a little bit, and it feels like a waste to use little of a guy with much talent, but big fans of the Spider-Man series know how his character fits in with Spider-Man.
It’s great to see a new take on our beloved Spider-Man by showing imaginative situations and settings that we’ve never thought of and by blending it in with the MCU seamlessly. Holland’s personality fits Peter perfectly by showing humor and heart. Keaton’s performance is menacing and intimidating, yet there are compelling elements about Toomes that makes him a well developed villain. Though some jokes and characters feel odd at times, the tone and colors help make everyone feel unique. I’m glad to say, Spider-Man has finally found his home and that’s in the MCU.