Sony Pictures site synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
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Third times the charm – A brief story of the cinematic world of Spider-Man
With the story of the MCU getting massive every season, Marvel with Disney and Sony have joined together to bring Spider-Man into the same world with the Avengers. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first solo Spider-Man in the MCU world and another addition to Phase 3 (movies like Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War). Spider-Man is well-known Marvel hero that has a huge fanbase and thanks to his popularity, this hero has spread out to cartoons, video games and even past movies. Before Tom Holland and before Disney bought Marvel and the heroes, Spider-Man had many movies led by many directors way before when the MCU was trending. In the year 2002, a director named Sam Raimi partnered up with Sony and created a legend with Spider-Man with an awesome cast and music. Tobey Maguire donned the mask and he became a great Peter Parker and Spider-Man in Spider-Man and dealt with everything exactly like in the comics. In the first movie, he gained his powers, learned about responsibility and even fought the Green Goblin who is Norman Osborn and the father of his best friend Harry Osborn. Spider-Man 2 introduced the evil scientist Doc Ock/ Dr. Octavius and Peter learns about what is mean to be Spider-Man without the costume and powers (this was before the saying “if you’re nothing without the suit, you shouldn’t wear it”) and even reveals his identity to Harry and his sweet heart crush Mary Jane. The last film Spider-Man 3 brought it in many villains like Sandman, Hob Goblin and Venom. The story focuses on the dangers on revenge and teaching fans that we all have a choice. There was plans of a Spider-Man 4 movie where Raimi was going to introduce Mysterio, Vulture and Black Cat; unfortunately, that never happened. Sony wanted the Lizard instead and they wanted control over Raimi’s creative story. Sam Raimi left the team and this led Sony to hire Marc Webb who rebooted the films and titled them The Amazing Spider-Man. Replacing Tobey was Andrew Garfield and instead of Mary Jane, we got Gwen Stacy and the story was supposed to follow like the comics; without Sam Raimi, Sony and Webb introduced the villain the Lizard/Curt Conners. The movie got mixed reviews and the sequel had both mixed and negative reviews. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 introduced more villains like Electro, Green Goblin and the Rhino. From I understand, the movie suffered situations similar to Spider-Man 3. The movie suffered with too many characters like villains and the atmosphere of the movie quickly shifts from light-hearted moments and seriousness. If the movie was going to get a sequel, we would have had the Sinister 6, a group of six villains who work together to kill Spider-Man, or even have the possible Chameleon villain. Unfortunately, movie series was cancelled and the character Spider-Man stayed silent in the movie world. In 2016, Marvel and Disney revealed in the news that two new heroes were going to be joining Captain America: Civil War. The first hero was Black Panther and then the second is Spider-Man who is now played as Tom Holland. In this new approach, Tom Holland plays as a young 15-year-old Peter Parker. With so much positive feedback, Tom Holland is here to stay as Spider-Man. With Spider-Man: Homecoming already out, let’s see if Spider-Man solo film is as good as the previous films.
Plot – Friendly Neighbor to All Time Superhero
The story of the movie takes place after the events of the movie The Avengers (2012) where a cleaning crew is cleaning up the rubble of New York after the Avengers defeated Loki and the alien army Chitauri. However,thanks to Tony Stark, the team is out of business because the Department of Damage Control takes over the job. Enrages that his team and himself is jobless, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) steals one of the alien tech and forms a group to steal money and technology in order to make money for everyone’s family. Skipping ahead to the plot of Captain America: Civil War (2016), we see a vlog of Peter Parker traveling to Germany with Tony Stark in order to fight Captain America’s team. With the concluding events of Civil War, Peter asks Tony if he could join him and be an Avenger, but Tony tells him he will let him know when the time is right.
Skipping months, Peter is living his daily life going to school and Midtown and dealing with petty crimes. One night, when he sees a group of burglars robbing an ATM, Peter suits up the new Spider-Man costume and fights them. However, it fails when the bad guys uses the alien technology on him and they get away and causing damage. The story starts unfolding when Spider-Man and his friend Fred find out that the same bad guys are using the weapons to steal technology and sell them in the black market and they are led by the villainous Vulture. Problems add more for Peter when he has to focus on his daily life at school and trying to express his feelings for the popular girl Liz. Spider-Man hopes that he can learn to be a true hero like Iron Man and also be Peter Parker for his friends and family.
Characters – new faces!
We have returning characters such as Spider-Man/Peter Parker played as Tom Holland and Tony Stark/Iron Man as Robert Downy Jr. The new characters joining this movie we have Peter’s love interest Liz Toomes who is played by Laura Harrier and her father Adrian Toomes/Vulture is played by Michael Keaton who is well-known for doing Tim Burton’s Batman movie. We have Spider-Man’s classmates such as rival and bully Flash Thompson (played by Tony Revolori), goofy and sidekick to Peter, Ned (Jacob Batalon) and Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya). Not much of a villain we have Adrian Davis (Donald Glover and rap name as Childish Gambino) who is actually an uncle to another well-known hero Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales; this is evident in a deleted scene. Making brief scenes, we have Herman Schultz who uses technology to help The Vulture and stop Spider-Man and goes by the name The Shocker. Phineas Mason/Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) also appears in the movie and help create the technology for Adrian and his group. Last but never least, we have the return of the young aunt, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Chris Evans also appears as Steve Rodgers/Captain America, but only as recorded videos to teach students.
Overall review -A fun and retelling story of a junior hero for new and veteran fans
Is this version of Spider-Man better than the Raimi and Webb versions? In a way, it’s a good movie that could almost par with Raimi’s trilogy but not at his level of expertise, but it’s way better than the two Amazing Spider-Man. Tom Holland does an excellent job on making Peter Parker an eager young man who wants to prove himself to be a hero and still trying to get through his awkward life at home and school. The tone of the movie is moderately light-hearted and when things get serious, it doesn’t rush into it. Unlike the past movies, we don’t get to see or hear anything about his Uncle Ben or his death since that’s a key role for Spider-Man and surprisingly, I am okay with it. The reason why not including Uncle Ben’s is okay is because I am already familiar with the world of Spider-Man and there are some people who already know about this even if you are not a fan. I think most people already know about Batman’s parents or Superman’s home planet. Anyway, besides that, the movie tone is not too dark or “kid-friendly” for the audience; however, in my opinion, this movie could have been rated PG. I like when the movie gets serious such as where Peter has to make hard choices, you can see a sense of growth on his character; if he knows that he has to give up his time to save people or stop bad guys, he will do it. For example, instead of going swimming with his team and Liz at a field trip, he decides to track down the Vulture team. Another example is where Toomes finds out about Peter’s identity and threatens him unless he ignores his crime and take his daughter to the prom. Instead of letting the bad guy run and steal the Avengers gear, Peter leaves Liz alone at the prom and sets out to stop Adrian. One of my personal favorites in Spider-Man heroic deeds is where Spider-Man tries to save passengers in boat ferry after the ship is split in half. Spider-Man uses his web to attach the boat and tries his hardest to keep everything together. I felt like this was a tribute to the train scene in Spider-Man 2.
Another favorite is an iconic moment from one Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s comic from Amazing Spider-Man issue 33. In the final confrotation with The Vulture, Spider-Man in his homemade suit, tries to stop Vulture from carrying out his plans. When he is unable to stop him, he get’s pinned down in some rubble and feeling helpless and for the first, he asks for help. However, after seeing half of his mask in the water and his reflection of himself on the other half, he realizes that he is Spider-Man and he is not weak.
The pacing in the movie is pretty moderate. Just by watching this movie, I follow the story and understand what’s going on in Peter’s life. Like most MCU solo movies, it’s all about the side characters and villains. The new characters like Ned help make the movie feel funny and his role is somewhat parallel to Ant-Man’s comedic friend Luis but instead of telling stories, he wants to build Legos with Peter and be his side-kick when fighting crime. Including a love interest for Peter is not surprising since the world of Spider-Man is pretty common, but the movie handles it differently. She doesn’t play as like Gwen Stacy and serves as a tragic turning point or you don’t see her as Mary Jane and be flirty. Liz serves a popular girl in school is well-known for her grades and talent and can make all the nerdy boys fantasize. I thought it was different than the way I am used, but I like it especially when I see Peter learn the hardships of wanting to become an Avenger. The villain The Vulture was surprisingly good and Michael Keaton gave me chills when he is the big boss of the crime. At his work, he’s the kind of boss you don’t want to give bad news and if he’s a family guy, you better be in your best behavior and don’t make his daughter cry. Is he a good sympathetic villain like Loki and Erik Killmonger? He is almost, but not entirely. Adrian wants revenge on Tony Stark for losing his job and he wants to make money to help his family and that’s a good reason to be evil, but he is not the best in my opinion in sympathetic villains. Tony Stark does show up in this movie as well to help Peter learn what it means to be hero and the way the movie does it is pretty cool. He is not there to hold his hands while fighting the Vulture, but he does prove a point that being a hero isn’t someone who can wear a costume and be called an Avenger. Still, it would have been cool to see Iron Man helping Spider-Man fight a crime a bit since I thought that was being advertised at the time when it was in the movies. The villains I mentioned like Tinkerer and Shocker is present, but their roles are very minimum since it’s all about Vulture. The post credits scene are both good and awful! The good one is where Adrian is in jail and he comes across one of his members named Marc (the Scorpion) who wants to get revenge on Spider-Man. I felt like this was hint that was going to be brought up in the sequel movie. The last scene is where Captain America shows up and tells the audience about patience and I felt like this was MCU’s troll tactic on the audience. Personally, I felt like the deleted scene with Davis talking to Miles would have been better since the characters like himself (he is known as the Prowler) and Ned are in this movie and Ned is a friend of Miles in the comics.
Final Conclusion – Worth watching?
Is Spider-Man: Homecoming worth watching and a great MCU movie? Personally, if you are looking for a movie that is funny, and fun to watch, check this movie out. It may not be like the seriousness in Sam Raimi’s version, but at least the movie handles well than Webb’s version. I feel like this movie wanted to be like Raimi, but it was targeting a family friendly audience focus. We were able to get the Vulture on the big screen and it was pretty neat to see a different approach in this Spider-Man movie. Instead of Uncle Ben’s death, we see Peter Parker struggling to keep two lives together and try to be more than someone who patrols the streets. The characters are good and I thought the Vulture was great. Tom Holland nailed it as Spider-Man and his character showed us an inexperience young hero who wants to be someone greater. He is not Tobey or Andrew, but he is good actor who knows what is like to be feel pressured by life and embarrassing moments.
What do you think about this movie? Did you see it? What’s your opinion?