Out of a long list of characters from the Marvel Universe (and still more coming our way), Spider-Man has always been a favourite superhero of mine even at a very young age. In fact, back in the year 2002, I was so pumped to see a new Spider-Man film on the big screen that I managed to attend a midnight screening. Since 2002, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man film. The difference here in this new film is that we continue on with a Spider-Man hero who is now part of the world of “The Avengers”.
Spider-Man: Homecoming follows on where we last saw Spider-Man after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Peter Parker returns home after being driven there by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). Upon returning home, Tony provides Peter with words of wisdom (and humour), and by wisdom, I mean he basically tells Peter Parker to stay out of trouble and he will contact him when he is ready or needs to be called upon.
The greatest character developments for Spider-Man is that he’s not just a superhero- he’s also a teenager in high school dealing with the normal high school issues that many teenagers still face today- passing exams, dealing with emotions, girls and the list goes on. But to top it off, Peter feels he is ready to join “The Avengers” and feels left behind. After gets a little annoyed at receiving no calls from Tony, he decides to walk the streets after school and help others any way he possibly can. Soon Peter discovers a new type of weapon on the streets and Peter will now have to make tough choices that could affect the lives of those around him…
When actor Tom Holland first appeared in Captain America: Civil War, he won myself and many fans over, proving that he in fact was great casting for Spider-Man. He was witty, fun but also had a heart and wanted to do what was right in the world. With Spider-Man: Homecoming, we have been given further character development and we witness Peter Parker not only becoming just another superhero, but also becoming a man. Many Spider-Man fans might even be shocked to see just how much time of this film is set at school watching Peter trying to deal with high school issues.
Like other stand-alone Marvel films (Ant-Man, Dr Strange), we are also given scenes that remind us that we are in fact in the Marvel/Avengers world. Thanks to Iron Man/Tony Stark’s appearances, the films take us ever so slightly deeper in the series. The fact that the extra actor here is one of the biggest ones within the franchise made having Iron Man in a Spider-Man film a huge risk. Luckily enough, this didn’t ruin the film for me, but I feel this might actually disappoint some. It should also be worth mentioning that I loved the film’s villain. Michael Keaton appearing as “Vulture” was fantastic and I also loved witnessing how much development his character also received on screen. On a random comment, what is with Michael Keaton being connected with superheroes in some shape or form (anyone remember him as Batman or Birdman lol)? For an exciting film like Spider-Man, the film’s score was a missed opportunity and is easily forgettable. But also how does one compete to the great composer Danny Elfman in a Spider-Man film?
While Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t give me the emotional connection that I felt from Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man 1 & 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming is still a success and an overall enjoyable ride packed with action and a character that grows stronger. Comic book fans might complain about the minor changes to the film, but other than this, it comes highly recommended. And stay for the credits people! Gosh!
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Review Written by Peter Walkden