Well folks, the Wall Crawler has come home. Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman is back in Marvels hands and it’s a good time to be a fan of the Webhead. Homecoming delivers everything a Spiderman fan could hope for, it’s got laughs, it’s got heart and it’s got a compelling villain. As is our custom, this review will remain spoiler free, but I have to remind you: Stick around for the end credits, it’s a real treat. With that being said, lets swing on into this review of Spiderman: Homecoming.
First things first. In my personal opinion, Tom Holland is the best Spiderman we’ve had on screen ever. Now what do I mean by that? Spiderman is made up of two distinct characters – Peter Parker and Spiderman. In order to properly play Peter Parker, we need to believe that the character is – for all intents and purposes – a wimp. He’s gotta be pushed around by the Flash Thompsons of his world, and we need to believe that if we went to school with him, we wouldn’t bat an eye at him being picked on for being a complete and utter nerd. On the other hand, Spider-man is different from your typical superhero. Unlike Batman, Superman or one of the Avengers, Spider-man is a teenager. Which means he needs to run his mouth as much as possible during his fights, because that’s who he is. All the annoyance he feels when he’s Peter needs to be let out and mocking bad guys during his fights is how Peter copes. At the same time, he’s still a kid. He’s half scared out of his mind during his fights and knows that mocking the enemy annoys them, which makes them dumb and gives him higher odds of making it home after each fight. Previous actors have given us believable Spidermen or Peter’s, but until now, we’ve never had both be believable. I personally can’t wait to see how Holland evolves the character for Infinity War next year.
With regards to the rest of the movie, one thing has to be said about the marketing. The trailers and commercials made this movie feel more like Iron Man 4, but rejoice, because it’s not. Tony Stark pops up in the movie here and there, but it’s more of a “I’m here for a few minutes and gone” type of deal, which the trailers did not capture. I feel like this was done for the benefit of overseas markets, where RDJ can really pull people into the theatres, so while I was a bit annoyed by it, I can understand why the studios went that way. Now at its core, this movie is a coming of age story for Peter Parker, learning who he is, beyond the mask. This might seem like an overdone story, but it’s beautifully crafted and makes sense in the context of the character. Another major plus point for this movie is the lack of an origin story. We’ve seen Uncle Ben die on screen twice, along with at least one or two flashbacks, we don’t need to see it again. This movie opens with Peter having been Spidey for approximately 8 months and that’s all we need to know. We don’t see the spider bite and we don’t hear him go on and on about great power and great responsibility, which is fantastic. Lastly, Marvel finally created a workable villain. Over the course of the movie, you get behind Adrian Toomes and learn exactly what pushed him towards becoming The Vulture. He’s not revenge obsessed lunatic, he’s not a genocidal maniac, he’s just a regular guy doing what he views is necessary to protect the people he cares about. I can only hope that Marvel’s next villain is approached in the same way.
Overall, Spiderman: Homecoming is a fantastic movie and totally deserves its spot in the Almanac of Awesome. Spiderman’s character evolved beautifully throughout the movie, the supporting cast does a great job in pulling the story together and the villain is believable and relatable, something Marvel has messed up on. Like I said earlier, I can’t wait to see what Spidey does as a part of Infinity War and I hope he sticks around for more MCU films, but what do you think? Leave a comment below and tell us what you thought of Homecoming and where you would like to see the franchise go next. Catch you next time – BB.
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