- Director: Jon Watts
- Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Gwyneth Paltrow
- Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy
- Run-time: 130 minutes
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What is the story about?
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, 15-year-old high school sophomore, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) lives with his Aunt Mary (Marisa Tomei) in Queens. He returns home after a thrilling experience alongside the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, in which Tom Holland’s spidey made his first debut. It’s now a few months after that battle at Berlin Airport, and Peter starts to embrace his role as Spider-Man under the watchful eye of his mentor, Tony Stark (a role that Robert Downey Jr. plays so well he could probably do it in his sleep!)
Peter battles to fall back into his normal, everyday routine because he is preoccupied, eager to prove himself as more than just the friendly neighbourhood hero. He is anxious to show his mentor that he can be a valuable member of the team. Unfortunately for Peter, Tony flat-out refuses to involve him in any more superhero stuff. He is more concerned with keeping his young protege safe and sound, out of harm’s way.
Peter hates being side-lined, and so every night he goes out looking to stop crime around the neighbourhood. It isn’t long before he comes face to face (or should we say face to mask) with trouble in the form of sinister villain Vulture, convincingly played by Michael Keaton. When Vulture, whose real name is Adrian Tommes, threatens everything Peter holds dear, Spider-Man must put his powers to the ultimate test.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – The Good
A large part of this film’s success is thanks to Tom Holland, who really shines in his role as Marvel’s first YA superhero. He is gawky, geeky and eager as Peter Parker, with a certain teen innocence that makes you think this movie should have been called ‘Spider-Boy’. He is likeable as the dutiful, imploring teen who is trying to fill his role as a saviour, while at the same time navigating the baffling business of being a teenage boy – school, exams, bullies, girls… Spider-Man’s stories are always about persevering, finding the strength within yourself and being brave – this movie is no different. It is funny, clever and true to the Spider-Man spirit.
A fun, tween-friendly take on one of Marvel’s most popular characters
Marvel has come close to giving us a superhero who would look right at home on the Disney Channel. They did an extremely good job of portraying the young Spider-Man as a down-to-earth person who is just like everyone else. Because this is not an origin story (thank the heavens), the director, Jon Watts gets right to the action but keeps it on the genial surface. Although the web-slinging teenage Peter finds himself surrounded by peril and danger a lot of times, there isn’t as much violence and death as we see in most other Marvel movies.
Peter’s teachers, classmates, best friend, and crush are cast in a refreshingly diverse way, which brings a certain reality to Peter’s life. Also, the dynamic of Peter’s relationship with mentor Tony Stark brings the aspect of true mentorship to the Marvel Universe.
Spider-Man: Homecoming: The Bad
- There are times when the film plot doesn’t have a clear trajectory.
- There is no real fall-out, except when Stark took back the Spider-Man suit from Peter
- The villainous plot is pretty much bare bones.
- It’s hard to figure out what Toome’s master plan is – if he even has one (although the movie does have a really mind-blowing twist when Vulture shows up where you would least expect him!)
All in all, the appeal for Peter Parker as young Spider-Man comes from his determination to keep getting up after each fall in his pursuit of valour. A lot of people worldwide were understandably apprehensive about another Spider-Man reboot, but this film has proved to be Marvel’s best Spider-Man movie in 13 years. Although most would agree that no Spider-Man movie comes close to the greatness of Spider-Man 2, Homecoming definitely swings right up to its face!