Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges.
Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man,
Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture,
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man,
Marisa Tomei as May Parker,
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan,
Zendaya as Michelle and
Jacob Batalon as Ned.
Full cast and crew available HERE, but be warned. It may lead to spoilers!
Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has yet again hit the big screen and as I do here sometimes, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the most recent outing of everybody’s favourite web-slinger.
I figured rather than simply rambling about my thoughts on the movie like every other review you might read, I would do this in a question and answer format. So here goes;
Why do we have ANOTHER Spider-Man movie?
A little history lesson here, but I will try keep it short.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, Marvel (who own the Spider-Man character) had no plans to make movies, so when Sony came along and offered to buy the rights to allow them to make Spider-Man (2002), they figured why not. This was then followed by Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). In 2008 Marvel released Iron Man which gave birth to the Marvel Universe and Sony became pressured to use the Spider-man Character or release the rights back to Marvel. They chose then to release The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and that was followed by The Amazing Spider-man 2 (2014). The latter movies didn’t perform too well and Sony became a bit stuck as to what to do with the Character and understandably didn’t want to relinquish a valuable asset to Marvel. In 2015 Sony struck a deal with Marvel to allow them to feature the webbed wonder in a Marvel movie but allowing the rights to the character to remain with Sony. A cross studio deal many thought not possible. That then allowed Marvel to use Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and then, of course, Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s a pretty apt title. Not only is Homecoming a theme in the movie, it’s a play on Spider-Man coming back to it’s Marvel home.
Yes…that was the short version.
Is this a sequel?
Nope. This has no connection other than some of the characters to any of the previous ‘Spider-Man’ movies?
Is it an origin story?
Shortly put, no. We join Peter Parker as a softmore in high school and he has been ‘Spider-Man’ for some time. ‘Spider-Man’ is already well-known due to seemingly having videos on YouTube of his heroism and general low-level crime fighting. This movie takes place after Captain America: Civil War (2016) so it’s clear he has been doing this for a while.
The only real reference to his origin was in a quick comment to his ‘Man in the Chair’ and best friend Ned that he was bitten by a spider.
I’ve seen the trailers, is this a mini ‘Iron Man’ movie?
After seeing the trailers, I was concerned they would be showing Iron Man all over the movie. I was happily wrong. Iron Man/Tony Stark is used sparingly and most of his scenes you’ve seen in the trailer. He is used as a mentor to Peter when he starts going down the wrong path.
Other than Iron Man, are any of the other Avengers/Marvel Characters in this movie?
During the movie you see the Spider-Man scene from Captain America: Civil War (2016) from Peter Parkers POV and there are a few very minor appearances (if you can call it that) by Captain America without him actually being in the movie.
Who is the main villain?
The villain is a character with the name of ‘The Vulture’ who uses scrap from alien technology found at various sites from the destruction in the previous Avenger movies to create and sell weapons. There are also other minor villains from the comics such as ‘The Shocker’ and ‘The Tinkerer’.
Is it any good?
It has been some years since I have seen the original 2002 movie but I do remember enjoying it. With that in mind, I would probably consider this the best on-screen appearance of the webbed wonder. I am not sure if this because it has a ‘marvel’ feel or because they finally have a teenager playing a teenager instead of a mid-twenties actor playing a kid, but it just sits better. They avoided another origin story which I think was a great idea, there’s the right amount of action and comedic wit which ‘Spider-Man’ is known for.
Tom Holland was a great choice as Peter Parker and possibly the best so far. With him being 18/19 at the time of filming, he looks and acts the part well and he’s naturally athletic and it helps you believe that this kid could do some of the acrobatics that Spider-Man is capable of.
Michael Keaton will always be Batman to me, but he is great as ‘The Vulture’.
Will there be a sequel?
I will be VERY surprised if there isn’t. I think the plan is to have Spider-Man appear in future Marvel movies and probably have another solo outing as well.
Is there a credit scene?
There isn’t A credit scene…There is TWO. As usual one sets up a possible future movie/storyline and the other is just a bit of fun, but well worth waiting around for.
Is it suitable for kids?
On the whole, the 12A/PG-13 is about right. There are the obvious scares while good battles evil, but no actual blood is shed in this movie it just has mature themes. Regarding language, there is a couple of curse words and hand gestures used in the movie so it depends on how likely your kids are to pick that up and repeat them.
So there you have it. My verdict: Spider-Man: Homecoming is Spider-Man at its web-slinging best.
if of course, you haven’t seen the trailer for this movie, I am a little confused why you’re looking at a review, but here, for your viewing pleasure is the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.