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Spider – Man: Homecoming Review

Released: July 7, 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 13 minutes

I will start by saying that Spider – Man has always been my favourite comic book character since I was a child, watching the cartoons, and reading the comic books, this was a character that was just a kid, he wasn’t a grown up. I will do my best to keep my bias towards the character from disrupting my review of the movies because as everyone knows “With great power (writing movie reviews), comes great responsibility (being unbiased)”.

I felt that it was appropriate to include gifs in this review, as Tom Holland recently said that he is a walking meme. This is also by far my longest review that I have written up to this point. Stuff that I noticed during my second viewing are in red to explain the differences between my original rating, and my final rating located at the bottom of this review.

I will write a short review of my thoughts on Tom Holland’s portrayal in the Captain America: Civil War movie, as it is technically his first portrayal of the character, no matter how short that portrayal was. I will be judging the character screen time, and not the movie itself.

Peter Parker / Spider – Man in Captain America is a 9.5/10 because it was what most fans of the character has been waiting for forever. Spider – Man is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (for now). Tom Holland’s Peter Parker get face time with only two characters in that movie, the rest of the time he is interacting with the rest of the MCU’s numerous characters (besides characters from Thor, Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy). Peter Parker has been Spider – Man for a short while in the universe focusing more on the small crime of New York, Queens specifically. Tony Stark somehow finds out that the Spider – ‘Man’ from the internet is Peter Parker, and decides to pay him a visit to get some help against Steve Rogers.

The interaction between Tony and Peter was magnificent to watch, and showed fans of the character that they were going young for the character, and would explore Peter’s story in High School rather than rush him into adulthood. Peter is intelligent, having made the webshooters and webbing himself, and gets the suit from Tony. He is also naive, sweet, young, witty, funny, and extremely enthusiastic, all very important characteristics of the character of Peter Parker. Spider – Man was also enthusiastic, quirky, and delivered the witty lines and comebacks with ease that makes people forget Maguire and Garfield’s Spider – Man very quickly. It remains to be seen whether Tom Holland can do all that again in a movie centered around him.

This is the second movie of the Sony / Marvel deal in which Spider – Man / Peter Parker is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the moment, the deal includes 3 Marvel Films (1 already been done in Captain America: Civil War), and 3 Sony Films (Spider – Man: Homecoming and two sequels).

This 6th Spider – Man movie, and third different take on the character in 15 years was wonderfully directed by Jon Watts. He made this movie feel very much like a John Hughes high school film mixed with the action superhero story that the MCU have done such a marvellous job in creating time and time again. The movie features a very talented cast of actors, in which they all do good work with what they are given. 

The script was written by a big group of writers, which included Jonathan GoldsteinJohn Francis DaleyJon WattsChristopher FordChris McKenna, and Erik Sommers.

The cast includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider – Man, Michael Keaton as the villain Adrian Toomes / Vulture, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Laura Harrier as the love interest Liz, Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend Ned, Zendaya as Michelle Jones, Donald Glover as Aaron Davis, Tony Revolori as Peter’s high school bully Flash Thompson, Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz / Shocker, Logan Marshall-Green as Jackson Brice / Shocker Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason / Tinkerer, Jennifer Connelly as Karen / Suit Lady, Michael Mando as Mac Gargan / Scorpion, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.

I really enjoyed Michael Keaton’s villain, thinking it ranks in my top 5 villains of the MCU thus far (1-Loki, 2-Red Skull, 4a-Winter Soldier (if he counts, if not then 4b-Grant Ward from AoS, 5-Ego) as the other 4 in my top 5.)

A lot of the side characters were stereotypical teenagers, and that’s alright, but they could have given them more personality rather than making most of them one dimensional. Liz being the intelligent, attractive high school student with a good personality, Michelle being snarky, “too-cool-for-school”, Flash being the bully who picks on Parker because he’s smarter than he is.

The timeline set up in this movie was a bit confusing with the addition of the ‘8 years later’ tag at the beginning of the movie. An article that goes into great detail was written, and is linked here explaining similar sentiments that I had, and was originally going to write about in this review, but I saw them in an article, and he sums it up perfectly.

The relationship between Aunt May and Peter was more like a cool older sister than an Aunt, but it was still nice to see it on screen. I also enjoyed the Ned / Peter friendship. The way that Ned finds out and helps Peter throughout the movie was really nice and fun. The music was also great from the title sequence to Vulture’s theme, which was very menacing, and emphasised his presence in the scenes, to the very end.

The story felt like a high school movie mixed with Spider – Man. I absolutely loved that aspect of the movie, and I know that some people will not. I was happy that this movie met almost all my expectations, and I’m really happy that this movie didn’t suck.

Tom Holland, to me, is the perfect Peter Parker / Spider – Man. He was funny, enthusiastic, excited, wanting to impress, lovable, young, cocky but not arrogant, and vulnerable.  The supporting cast did a serviceable job in their respective roles, and but I want to see more development of those characters in future films.

This movie felt like a movie that could stand on its own, in the grand scheme of things. It also felt like it fit in seamlessly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding little easter eggs and cameos throughout the movie. It didn’t show an ‘origin story’, and I feel like this movie was better because of it.

Some people will not like the Spidey Suit that’s used throughout the movie (same one as Civil War), because it was designed by Stark, and people could say that they wanted it to be more Spider – Man-ish. The fact that there’s an AI system in the suit (revealed in one of the trailers) could also lead to contention amongst movie goers. I, however, absolutely loved the suit, and the trials that Peter went through in figuring out how it all works.

Also, recently Holland confirmed a fan theory that his character has actually appeared in the MCU before Civil War. Peter Parker is the kid who stood up to one of the rogue Drones in Iron Man 2, Pictured below.

Source: Marvel Studios

There are a couple of twists in this movie as well as 2 credit scenes (1 about halfway, and the other at the very end), in which I briefly go over the first one in the spoiler section below. The second credit scene is by far one of the best credit sequences that have been in the MCU thus far. I encourage people to have patience and to stay until the very end for this one, well worth the wait!

Scroll down to where it says “Spoilers Are Done!!” (there’s also a waving Spider – Man gif) to continue reading past the spoiler section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The opening sequence with Parker filming himself running around with Happy Hogan was amazing and showcased his enthusiasm and excitement. It really showed that he’s a kid having the time of his life.

Liz being revealed as the daughter of the Vulture was somewhat surprising, while at the same time, it was one of the possibilities that I had put together while trying to figure out who she really was.

I wasn’t shocked to find out that Zendaya’s character Michelle is nicknamed “MJ”, however I am not sure whether it’s a red herring or if she will be taking over the place of Mary Jane’s character in this version. It would be an interesting thing to do to a character that everyone knows by now, and not making her Mary Jane Watson is an interesting choice, that I will evaluate in the future on whether or not I like it (depending on how they utilize the character).

The moments that felt over the top, was when Ned, Peter’s best friend clicks one button to disable the “Training Wheels Protocol”, making us believe that Ned was able to bypass Tony Stark’s security system, by plugging it into a laptop. I know that the students at Midtown School of Science and Technology are supposed to be for geniuses, but it’s Tony Stark / Iron Man we’re talking about.

People complaining about Stark’s line of “If you are nothing without the suit, you shouldn’t have it”, saying that he’s one to talk, obviously didn’t pay attention to Iron Man 3, which was all about Tony’s ability outside of the suit.

There’s a small bit with Donald Glover’s character, Aaron Davis, mentioning that he has a nephew in the area that he doesn’t want hurt, in the comics, Aaron Davis’ nephew is Miles Morales, who eventually becomes Spider – Man.

Karen (Spidey’s suit’s AI), really needs to stop suggesting to Peter the ‘Insta-Kill’ mode. The ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ mode was one of the funniest parts of the whole movie. The entire audience absolutely loved that part, and it was perfectly done.

I really enjoyed the motivations for the villain. Michael Keaton was not wasted in the role. He lost his job because Stark and the Avengers decided to take complete control over the salvaging business of their encounters. He does what it takes (the illegal version) to provide for his family and starts an alien tech / black market, in which somehow has evaded attention for 8 years. I loved the interaction between Parker and Toomes. It was full of tension, and was hilarious at the same time.

The way that he pieced together that his daughter was going to Homecoming with Spider – Man was really well done. You could see the wheels turn in his head, and see how he figured it out. He got clues from his daughter saying that he disappeared at the same times as Spider – Man was encountering the Vulture. The voice was the same as Spidey as well. I love that he was able to figure it out.

Once he did figure it out, he didn’t try to kill him, he decides to offer him a chance to ‘give up’, and forget all about the Vulture since he saved his daughter. He’s been doing all of this for his family, and will do whatever it takes for his family.

One part which really brought home the fact that Peter Parker is just a kid / teenager is when he got buried by the rubble after leaving Homecoming. You see him start to panic, the desperation in that scene and screaming for help. Tom Holland played that beautifully, a few people I saw the movie with told me afterwards that it really hit them, that this was a kid. They wanted to shelter him and protect him. It was an adaptation of this wonderful scene from the comics.

Spider Man Homecoming

Source – Amazing Spider Man #33 Marvel Comics

Spider Man Homecoming

Source – Amazing Spider Man #33 Marvel Comics

We see the Iron Spider suit near the end, after Peter has worked so hard to impress Tony, and to join the Avengers, that he realizes that he’s not fully ready. He wants more time to develop before becoming an Avenger, and that surprises Tony, as he was ready to introduce him as the newest member of the Avengers, and he declined, leading to Tony having to finally propose to Pepper Potts as ‘the big news’ that the reporters were waiting to hear.

The first credit scene shows the Scorpion asking the Vulture if he knows Spidey’s secret identity, and the Vulture declines (I think it has something to do with Spidey saving his life at the end), as a sign of respect, he’s not going to reveal his identity.

The actual ending of the movie, where Peter is putting on the suit that Tony gave back to him, and the camera pans over, and we see that Aunt May is seeing Peter in the Spider – Man costume starting to yell “WHAT THE FU!?” before the credit start to roll was by far the funniest ending to an MCU movie that I can recall. I really can’t wait until we see the aftermath of that interaction, and how Peter will explain this to Aunt May.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spoilers Are Done!!

After seeing this movie twice, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I enjoyed it more the second time seeing it, but there were flaws in the movie as mentioned in the spoilers section. However, for me, this movie brought back a sense of groundedness (not trying to save the world) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe which has been a problem in the past with their movies.

Overall, again, after seeing it twice, I would give this movie an 9/10. While I believe this movie is in my top 5 movies of the year thus far, it was not as good of a movie as Wonder Woman (9/10), however it was a lot more fun to watch. It was a better movie than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (8.5/10), which is why I would give this movie the final score that I did. I would’ve given this movie a 9.25/10 after the first showing, however, I noticed more negative things the second time.

What did you think of the movie? Movies are very subjective, and some people will disagree with me. I would love to hear those opinion either way. Where would you rank it among the Spider – Man movies?

Do you think that Sony and Marvel will extend their collaboration after the third solo Spider – Man movie? What would you have graded it? What was your favourite part of the movie? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!! What movie should I review next?

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review, I hope you enjoyed the movie!

Alex

I’ve reviewed all of the solo Spider – Man movies that have been released since 2002, one day at a time leading up to the release of this movie. The links to the reviews are posted below.

On Sunday, I posted the Spider – Man review, which is linked here.

On Monday, I posted the Spider – Man 2 review, which is linked here.

On Tuesday, I posted the Spider – Man 3 review, which is linked here.

On Wednesday, I posted The Amazing Spider – Man review, which is linked here.

On Wednesday, I posted The Amazing Spider – Man 2 review, which is linked here.

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