It seems fitting to make my comeback to the blogosphere with a review for the new reboot to our favorite wall-crawler, Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Homecoming finally gives us the perfect combination of Peter Parker and his alter ego. I have to give mad props to Tom Holland for just the right balance between high school nerd and neighborhood superhero. It might be a slight exaggeration but he was born to play the part.
On the other hand, Michael Keaton slays it in this film as Adrian Toomes/Vulture. His motivation for turning to a life of crime is clear to the audience. Peter asked him in the movie, ‘How can you do this to her?’ By her, he means Laura Harrier’s Liz Allan who turns out to be The Vulture’s daughter. Toomes responds, ‘I’m not doing this to her, but for her.’ He loves his family and he had to resort to other means to earn money when Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) clean-up crew replaces theirs. I’m glad that we’ll get to see more of him in a later film as he’s just chilling in prison with fellow villain Mac Gargan AKA Scorpion.
To simplify things, I loved the movie and I’ll just list five of my favorite things about Spider-Man: Homecoming:
1. ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’
The lesson every Spider-Man learns in every iteration of the character might not have been spoken by Uncle Ben in the film. But its meaning reverberates throughout the course of the story. Peter misuses the suit that Iron Man built for him which leads the latter to take it back after an almost mishap at the Staten Island Ferry. What I like better about this version is the fact that Tony Stark is the one teaching the young Parker. If you’ve been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this has been his crusade ever since being kidnapped by the Ten Rings. Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios has said that Spider-Man will frontline the new Avengers after the two Infinity movies. What better way for the Armored Avenger to pass the torch to the webhead than to mentor him in the whole process. I’m really excited to see Spider-Man with the world’s greatest heroes again but we’ll have to wait for the next films to see that.
2. What does a Vulture do?
At the start of the movie, Toomes and his crew are scavenging the remains of the Battle of New York from the first Avengers film. They get shut down by the government and Stark Enterprises and that’s when they switch to the dark side. What they do is steal the remains of the Chitauri weapons to manufacture their own. The way they salvage these items is similar to what a real vulture does. It seems minor but I love the symbolism and how they incorporated it into the story.
3. Love moves in mysterious ways.
Michelle played by Zendaya declares towards the end that her friends call her ‘MJ’. Ned (Jacob Batalon) remarks, ‘But you said you have no friends.’ The exchange is amusing because her character has been largely anti-social. However, I did notice a few instances where she seems concerned about Peter. Liz is moving to Oregon which sets up the probable romance between Tom and Zendaya’s characters. I’m a fan of Mary Jane Watson so I’m a bit hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. I’ll have to wait for the sequel and see if the MJ move pays off for Marvel.
4. God bless America!
One of the best things about Spider-Man: Homecoming is how they featured Captain America – promotional videos. He shows up during gym class, detention, and even surprises you in the end credits. There’s just something about Captain Steve Rogers that makes you believe in every word that he says. True enough, the World War II veteran is a man of his word. I am not sure how the general public views him nowadays as he is still a wanted fugitive after Captain America: Civil War. His costume suggests, though, that these were made after the events of the first Avengers movie.
5. It’s all connected.
As with all MCU movies, fans are always looking for connections between the films. This one is full of easter eggs and you might need several viewings to notice everything. Aaron Davis’ (Donald Glover) appearance is probably the one that excites me the most. If you are not familiar with the character, he is the uncle of Miles Morales, the new Spider-Man. Whether or not we’ll have him in the MCU is up to Marvel and Sony to negotiate. The Sinister Six looks like it’s possible, too, which means that iconic Spidey villains like Kraven, Mysterio, Rhino, etc. can show up anytime soon. I just don’t like how Sony is trying their hand with Venom. They know what’s best for these beloved characters.
Please watch Spider-Man: Homecoming if you haven’t yet. I’ve seen it twice and I still want to see it again. It’s that good! I don’t want to rank it against the other Spider-Man movies because I think that’s a bit unfair. Anyway, don’t forget to Like this post or leave a comment below about what you think of my so-called review. Thank you for taking the time to read and I’ll write again soon!