Can Marvel do it better than Sony can?
Yes they can! With one try!
They’ve impressed this Movie Guy!
No doubt, here’s the best Spider-Man!
At long last, Marvel has their own Spider-Man movie! Well, sort of. It’s technically still a Sony movie but Marvel made it. It’s complicated. The good news here is that you can cast aside your concerns about this being the third Spider-Man iteration in 15 years, because this is the Spider-Man movie we’ve all been waiting for. Hands-down, Spider-Man: Homecoming is my favorite Marvel movie to-date! It is an absolute blast and is almost certain to be the most fun you’ll have in theaters all year.
We were first introduced to this new rendition of Spider-Man back in last year’s stellar Captain America: Civil War, and his story in Homecoming picks up shortly after where that film left off. After aiding Iron Man’s team in the Avenger’s epic airport brawl, young Peter Parker is now left eagerly awaiting his next mission. In the meantime, he has high school to attend and neighborhoods to save, which now both seem a lot less significant ever since fighting alongside the Avengers. He’s anxious to move onto bigger things and truly prove himself to Tony Stark. When Parker finds himself on the trail of The Vulture, a man using and distributing alien weaponry stolen from the aftermath of the first Avengers film, he sees it as an opportunity to show Stark once and for all that he’s ready to join the Avengers for good.
This journey of young Peter Parker is definitely an entertaining one, and it’s not the same “with great power comes great responsibility” spiel either. Rather than recycling the same story we all know already, Homecoming shakes things up. Classic characters are changed and new ones are introduced. This may upset stubborn comic book purists, but the new characters are so laugh-out-loud funny that I can’t imagine many people getting that upset over it. Seriously, I haven’t laughed this much at the movies in years. What I like most about these changes is that they reinvent some of the series’ classic but clichéd characters in fun and new ways, giving them plenty of opportunities for growth. Not only that, but these fresh takes on old characters make them feel much more relevant to modern times. The best of these character revisions is with Homecoming’s villain, The Vulture, who formerly was one of Spider-Man’s lamest enemies. Here he’s been transformed from a creepy old man in a bird costume into one of Marvel’s most intimidating and compelling villains.
Tom Holland is immensely likeable as a young Spider-Man. He brings great energy to the film with his humor and his naïve but noble attitude. He’s joined by a colorful cast of comical classmates, all of whom I really enjoyed. The funniest among them being Peter’s best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon. I also loved Zendaya’s character Michelle with her snarky delivery and demeanor. Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei are both welcome inclusions, as always, in the respective roles of Tony Stark and Aunt May. The real scene-stealer though is none other than Michael Keaton as The Vulture. He’s a well-developed character that we can sympathize with and simultaneously detest. I cared about his struggles, but I disagreed with his means, even if he is surprisingly admirable in his ambition and fortitude. If Homecoming can turn The Vulture into such a strong villain, I’m even more excited to see what’s in store for Spider-Man’s more iconic enemies.
Growing up, Spider-Man was far and away my favorite superhero. One of the only ones I even liked, for that matter. I still have a ton of love for the original Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man, but Homecoming clearly tops it. I was hooked from the moment this Spider-Man first swung into action, all the way to the end, and even through the movie’s awesome credits. Spider-Man: Homecoming movie is a dream come true for this web-head. It’s crafted with so much love and passion for the character, and is full of Easter eggs for super fans like myself to gush over. The action, the visuals, and the story of a Spider-Man film have never been better. Don’t brush this one off as another needless reboot. Swing into your local neighborhood theater and give this one a watch!
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