Spider-Man: Homecoming Film Review
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the newest addition to the MCU and what a worthy addition it was. Tom Holland takes up the mantle, continuing from his introduction in Captain America: Civil War into his standalone film. Civil War marked a huge step for Marvel Studios, finally getting Spider-Man into the MCU after a shared rights agreement with Sony Pictures. Now that Spidey has gotten a standalone film within the MCU, the work between the studios has paid off.
The film follows Peter Parker as he tries to juggle high school life and superhero life. Things become even more complicated when he faces his first big baddie - Adrian Toomes AKA Vulture. Adrian lost his contract with the city as the cleanup guy after Avengers battles. He is fed up with how rich people uncaringly destroy people's lives by making their jobs obsolete and decides to steal the tech from Damage Control, Tony Stark's new cleanup crew. Using the alien technology, Adrian creates his own weapons and turns to a life of crime, taking on the alter ego Vulture.
Homecoming does what previous Spider-Man films have not been able to do. It shows us a high school kid just trying to survive life and it shows us a young superhero still learning what it takes to be a true hero and accepting responsibility for his actions then molds the two together to make one wonderfully meaningful film. I loved how much heart Holland brought to the role and how much the film made you really care about Peter, his aunt, and his friends.
The area where the film fell is where almost all Marvel films seem to fall and that's the villain. I loved Michael Keaton's acting and the realism he brought to the role. I loved how Vulture was portrayed. But to me, Vulture seemed more like a side villain that the hero faces to wear him down before facing the big one behind everything. I felt that he could have been written better to where he's more than just a common thug that can fly.
Other than that, I thought Homecoming soared and gave us comic fans the Spider-Man film that we've been waiting for. Yes, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 films came close but ultimately, Holland's version surpasses them and takes the throne. I give Spider-Man: Homecoming a 3 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander