So……happy of you were very pleased to see Spider-Man back home at Marvel a couple of years ago, right? And I know all of you got hyped when you saw him in Civil War, didn’t you? Welp, after the disaster that is the Not-so-Amazing Spider-Man, Sony and Marvel worked out a deal that Spidey is now a part of the MCU yet Sony still handles distribution for the movie.
So will Marvel deliver on bringing the Spider-Man and Peter Parker that everybody wants?
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
So……Marvel did their damn thing again. This is definitely a fantastic Spider-Man movie that has Marvel’s prints all over it. I would say it’s on par or slightly better than the Sam Raimi trilogy and I actually liked those movies a fair bit (1st and 2nd are good to great; 3rd is meh but watchable) but I will say it’s so much better than the Marc Webb movies from 2012-2014. They got a lot of things right out of the bat as it’s not the same ‘ol origin story we always get from these movies and no Uncle Ben dying (again). It goes straight to the point of Peter being Spider-Man after all the hype he got from meeting (and fighting) the Avengers and of course, being a hero while still maintaining life as a high school student is stressful as all hell. It’s definitely light in tone as the way I think Spider-Man should be as it has the adventurous thrilling energy that is always needed in something like this with a little drama in there. Thankfully, it wasn’t all melodrama cheese but still problems I can see being relatable to teenagers….it also help that they got actual teenagers to play the part instead of motherfuckers in their late 20s-early 30s.
Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Spider-Man definitely nailed it again here and while I can’t say he captured the charms of both Parker and Spider-Man via the comics, I can say he excels in likability, being witty and an overall good friend…that sometimes have to ditch you for crime-fighting and speaking of friends, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Peter’s best friend, also did solid here. I was afraid he was going to be either annoying and in the way but he’s definitely the friend that act the way you would act if you found out that your best friend was a superhero and he did it well here. I definitely liked him here and the same can be said for Zendaya’s Michelle, who definitely has the funniest scenes in here involving her saying something and someone going like, “Why the fuck you here?” (Ok, not like that, but still damn funny) and I’ll give props to Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, making him more of the modern bully of just being a petty smug and smart prick rather than brawny dumbass.
Michael Keaton is stellar as Adrian Toomes and especially as a villain whose plan isn’t as cookie-cutter as most villains of the MCU are. It’s not some take over the world thing or shit like that. He’s just trying to sell some weapons with the Chitauri technology to the black market while trying to live the good life, also not that friendly about Stark yet I do see his point about him. I liked Marisa Tomei as Aunt May as well and as for “OMG, Aunt May’s hot!” jokes or mentions…..there’s only like 3 times its mentioned but they fade out fast enough. I loved the appearances of Donald Glover as that one guy who I know most comic guys get the reference as it was mentioned and shout out to Hannibal Buress in his small but funny role.
/10 – High SOLID B.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and like Peter, I’d be afraid of heights, too, if I was him.
SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING – courtesy of Sony/Columbia Pictures Industries and Marvel Studios