MOVIE: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
DIRECTOR: Jon Watts
CAST Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, Laura Harrier.
RUNTIME: 133 Minutes
GENRE: Comic Book Adaptation, Action, Adventure.
Back in 2016, Spider-man joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after Marvel Studios and Sony came to an agreement. The announcement drove fans around the world absolutely nuts and he made his debut in Captain America: Civil War that same year.
With two adaptions of the character already featured on the big screen (Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), they decided to take the character down a different path by making this version a teenager who Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) mentors. This decision was received with mixed emotions from fans and critics alike; but after the character’s brilliant debut in Captain America: Civil War, anticipation for his solo movie began to build to a steady climax.
This movie picks off about two months after the events of Civil War. Peter Parker/Spider-man (Tom Holland) is back at home in Queens with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), expecting a call from Iron Man to join The Avengers especially after he helped Iron Man’s team in the Civil War movie. Iron Man believes Peter should stay in school, lay low and be the ‘friendly, neighborhood Spider-man’. Meanwhile, a new breed of villains, led by Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton), are beginning to terrorize the city and Spider-man feels like it’s his responsibility to stop them.
The beautiful thing about this movie is that it’s a ‘non-origin’ origin story. We all know the story of Spider-man, (a radioactive spider bit him, he gains abilities, his uncle dies….blah blah blah) so there was no need to relive all that. Instead, we see Peter Parker still learning the ropes and grasping the extent of his abilities after having them for almost a year. It’s a wonderful contrast to the previous movies and it explores the ‘coming of age’ theme very nicely.
Also, one of my biggest fears when this movie was announced was Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. as an actor carries a strong presence and I was afraid he was going to overshadow Tom Holland in the movie. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case and he wasn’t on screen more than he needed to be. Michael Keaton with this movie officially made himself the best villain in the MCU. He was intense when he needed to be, smooth, entertaining and most of all very relatable (which is something most of the villains of the MCU lack).
The humor in this movie also deserves applause and I have to give the supporting cast marks for this. Ned (Jacob Batalon), Michelle (Zendaya) and Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) were especially noteworthy giving me a fair share of laughs.
Look guys, Spider-man: Homecoming gave me everything I wanted in a Spider-man movie and created the perfect foundation for Spider-man appearances in future MCU movies. All that’s left to say now is this:
Thank you Tom Holland for being my Spider-man. (Sorry Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield)