Spidey’s back, and he’s back in a big way! Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is the latest collaborative effort between Marvel and Sony to deliver a Spider-Man movie for the ages! This time around, we are introduced to the character of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his life in high school. After a thrilling yet brief experience with the Avengers, Peter has returned back to his daily life in Queens, New York. However, he has a mission. He wants to be a permanent member of the Avengers. As he attempts to further prove himself to his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), he uncovers a notorious plan by the evil Vulture (Michael Keaton), who he must stop in order to bring peace to the society he resides in.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, is without a doubt, my favorite Spider-Man movie. This is for a clear reason: it is a great Spider-Man story as well as a great Peter Parker story. One of the major problems with all the previous Spider-Man films were that they never put that much attention to the character of Peter Parker, his problems as high school student and his day to day life. Peter Parker was always a backdrop to his alter ego; Spider-Man. In Homecoming, we see Peter Parker in his high school, facing problems that all high school students face: managing work with play, dealing with girls (or boys) and studying for weekly Spanish quizzes. This is what makes Spider-Man so different from any other superhero. He is relatable to us in many ways, and this movie captures the essence of his character so brilliantly.
I also appreciated the fact that Homecoming deviates from the Spider-Man we see in comics. Characters in this movie look and behave very differently from their comic book counterparts. We also don’t see certain events in this movie that we can expect from a Spider-Man origin story. For example, how Peter Parker got his powers. Spider-Man: Homecoming stands on its own two feet and fits in perfectly within the MCU.
Let’s now talk about Spider-Man in this movie. Tom Holland is the best on screen version of Peter Parker. He looks the right age, behaves the right age and is right bit nerdy and quippy; exactly what you would expect from Spider-Man. He also wears, in my opinion, the best on-screen Spider-Man costume I have ever seen. This costume is nothing like its previous iterations. It is far more intelligent, versatile in its abilities and has a “personality” to it.
Michael Keaton as ”The Vulture” is also great. The MCU has built itself a bit of a reputation for creating mediocre or subpar villains, but Michael Keaton’s character deviates from this trend. His backstory is personal and compelling. He has a personal connection to some of the other characters in the movie, which makes all the action set pieces with him in it more interesting to watch. His costume is also extremely well designed and fitted with unique abilities that made him a formidable foe to Spider-Man. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) is also present in this movie, but in small doses. His relationship with Peter Parker was one of my favorite things about this movie because he (Tony Stark) acted as a sort of parental figure to Peter; the uncle Ben of the movie?
My only concerns with Homecoming are to do with its marketing. There are a ton of trailers and clips on Youtube that sorta give away some of the standout scenes for this movie. If you’re planning to see this film, I recommend not watching any of them. In addition, a lot of the shots that we do see in the trailers aren’t in the actual movie! I really despise the studio when this happens because it sets up false expectations. I really fake advertising!
But in conclusion, Spider-Man: Homecoming for me is the best Spider-Man movie and one of the greatest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I make these two statements because this movie has a great Peter Parker story and a great Spider-Man story. Tonally speaking, this movie captures the essence of the character of Spider-Man perfectly and has enough suspense to keep us at the edge of our seats. What prevents this movie from being even better than what it is has to do with the marketing behind this film; it is excessive and misleading.