Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Reviewed by: Matt Release date: July 7, 2017 Released by: Sony Pictures
Fans of Spider-Man have long wanted to see him belong in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and for years it was thought to be impossible. However, a deal was struck between Disney and Sony and now, after his cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man is set to star in his own movie set in the very successful universe. The story follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) a few months after the events. After his time with the Avengers he is looking to continue his daily routine all the while trying to prove to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) that he is ready to become an official Avenger.
First off, let me just say how refreshing this film is for not being an origin story. Despite this being his first film they make very little effort to explain how he got his powers and what he is able to do. In many ways the film assumes you know who Spider-Man is and his origin story and only briefly mention it in passing during the film. Yet despite this not being an origins film the film does a great job in showing that Peter is still very much new at this and despite having great abilities, he finds himself often overwhelmed with what is going on around him. Tom Holland deserves much credit for bringing this version of Peter Parker though. In many ways I believe this is the best portrayal of the character yet. But what is a good hero without a good villain and Michael Keaton does this with his portrayal of the Vulture. The Vulture comes across as an intimidating and determined villain who is willing to do what it takes to complete his goals. Yet instead of going the traditional route by making him a cut and dry bad guy, the film does a good job in adding depth the the character. Plus the design for the Vulture is fantastic and is very intimidating, especially for a newcomer superhero who has never had to face a villain before. The rest of the cast is also done well with standouts being Ned (Jacob Batalon), Peter's best friend, and Michelle (Zendaya) a social introvert who steals many of the scenes she is in. It should be mentioned that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to get an extra kick out of this as the film is stuffed with references to the other films as well as keeping the same tone as the other films.
If I were to complain about the film I would start with Peter's bully Flash (Tony Revolori). I found this character to be more annoying than anything and he never really contributed to the film in any meaningful way. He also had no payoff for his character leaving him feeling a bit pointless. Also, the plot had some difficulties staying focused at times but nothing that really turned me off of the film.
In the end, Spider-Man Homecoming is an excellent addition to the MCU. Fans of this film franchise will enjoy it while newcomers will also get a kick out of it. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to more adventures with Spider-man.
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