Spider-Man: Homecoming is the eighty-ninth reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and it follows it’s titular friendly neighbourhood hero during his high school days as he juggles the responsibilities of being a superhero as well as the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.
We don’t need Spider-Man anymore. I say this in the same way I say we don’t need Batman anymore. The Dark Knight got it perfect, there’s no need to keep trying with the Batman films.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the most fun films I’ve seen in a long time and it’s perfect for the character, WE DON’T NEED TO TRY ANYMORE.
For one thing, Tom Holland is the most believable Spider-Man that’s ever Spider-Manned. He’s unknown enough to seem believable and charismatic enough to feel dweeby so he easily trumps both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in portraying this comic icon.
For another thing, the villain in Homecoming could be compared with the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he’s different. Marvel villains have usually just been vessels of “I want revenge” or “I want money” or something easy like that but Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Homecoming has something real: Family. His whole motive is family. That’s a motive which can make a man dangerous.
And the final major thing Homecoming achieved much better than the previous two franchises is tone. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films seemed too marketable for their own good and the Amazing Spider-Man films seemed too serious for the character but Homecoming is just the right balance of comical, friendly and serious (so not very serious at all).
Of course it isn’t perfect, for instance a certain reveal at the end regarding a classmate of Peter’s feels too shoehorned, this mini-rivalry between Peter and Flash (played by The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s Tony Revolori) is opened but never closed (it’s actually abandoned completely) and not every joke lands. Those are really my only problems with Spider-Man: Homecoming. But despite those, you should still absolutely see it.
It’s light hearted, the story’s tightly constructed, we finally have a charismatic Peter Parker, Hannibal Buress plays a great gym coach (a brief role but still memorable) and Homecoming may have just taken the award for best Marvel end-credit scene.
Wait ’til the end. It’s definitely worth it.
4.5 / 5 too many Spider-Man reboots
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