Spider-Man: Homecoming

*Spoilers Ahead*

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Tom Holland stars in the most recent reboot portraying the web-slinger on the big screen which is directed by Jon Watts, a relatively unknown director. The film is set in the avengers timeline straight after the events that had taken place in the 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War where we see a struggling Adrian Toomes, later to become the Vulture – Skip 8 Years to where Peter Parker takes centre stage. The run time is a desirable 2 hours and 13 minutes where it also features an end credit scene alluding of what’s to come for the franchise.

Michael Keaton doesn’t exactly scream evil now does he? so I was slightly skeptical to how he was going to pull off a villain, let alone the main villain of the film, but then I found out that he was going to be The Vulture and that doubt flew out. In my opinion I saw the vulture as one of the weakest foes of Spider-man – he’s not exactly the one that comes to mind when I think of Spidey. However, I can see why they didn’t want to go down the obvious route of hobgoblin or venom as it’s been done before – plus with the solo movie of Venom being created I’m not sure how this would have gone down. Nevertheless there are super villains that I would have rather seen in the film or played a more prominent villain such as Mysterio or even the Kingpin – both that haven’t been shown in the Spider-Man universe yet. Though it is important to remember he’s only 15 years old so you’re not exactly going to throw him on death’s door are you? Aside from the choice of villain though I have no complaints with Keaton’s portrayal of him, in fact I was rather impressed by him and not to mention the plot twist that I’m not ashamed to say that I definitely did not see coming! – that Adrian Toomes was the father of Liz! It can’t go without saying that Toomes was rather refreshing to the ‘must kill’ villains or the ones that make you feel uncomfortable. I mean don’t get me wrong his costume definitely was quite scary but his persona was a bit more charismatic which I what I enjoyed about his character the most. He’s a good starting villain for the first in the Spider-Man franchise.

Probably my favourite character out of the whole film was Ned Leeds, played by Jacob Batalon, who was just absolutely brilliant. Ned and Peter played off each other to the point where it would be strange to think that they aren’t actually best friends (in real life). I love how he wanted to be the man in a chair, references to so many Superhero films before actually becoming the man in the chair during ‘Homecoming’, where you couldn’t help but laugh and then he goes onto tell the teacher that he was watching porn when questioned what he was doing – simple humor but very effective, It will be interesting to see if they take Ned down the route of evil Ned Leeds if Hobgoblin is introduced, but part of me hopes not! Another character that I took a liking to was Michelle, (Zendaya), who played what could possibly be perceived as a pivotal part in the Spider-Man franchise, towards the end of the film she tells her peers to address her as ‘MJ’ which you would automatically assume alludes that she is ‘Mary Jane Watson’ – one of Peter Parker’s foremost love interests – but the question still remains to if she actually is or not? It hasn’t been confirmed yet that she even is though I think it’s fairly obvious. I’m not going to sit here and say that I think she should be pale skinned and red-haired because hey I’m open to the diversity! but based on the character that she is portraying I just can’t see it. Maybe this is because I grew up in the era of the Toby Maguire Spider-man where Kirsten Dunst is who I’m comparing her to – attitude wise and just the character in general that we’ve always known is nothing like Michelle – She normally preppy and light, not dark and broody, and Peter chases her not the other way around? If it does come out that she is the actual MJ then it will be welcomed and I’ll give her a chance but it’s just hard not to make comparisons between the two. A few other characters in the film who were also well received in my eyes; Marisa Tomei, who plays a younger Aunt May is a brilliant and needed character to the film. Also Tony Revolori, playing the annoying bully as well as Donald Glover making an appearance as the lovable criminal Aaron Davis and Bokeem Woodbine, playing ‘Shocker’ who I think will also make an appearance in later films.

Tom Holland plays a very believable Spider-Man and he’s probably (along with Ned) one of the greatest things about the film, as he rightly should be given that he’s the title character. I love his transformation at the end of how he stops being this obsessive little kid who puts everything aside just ‘in case’ he’s needed, to actually wanting to have a life and finish high school on top of everything else. He actually wants to be the little guy on the ground that helps people, I think it takes a lot to turn away from the life that he could have of glamour and fame that’s offered by Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr) and just actually wants to do something worthwhile for the little people. This is what makes him a more likable character, and even though we all love Tony Stark – he is an ass, which is something Spider-Man is not and he’s loved for it. The end of the film with Spider-Man taking the higher ground and leaving The Vulture to go to jail instead of letting him die is a nice touch, It would have been cruel to make a 15-year-old be party responsible for his death, especially because now we know who his family are – It could have gone very Andrew Garfield Spider-man but I’m very glad that it didn’t, we don’t want that kind of brooding again.

‘Homecoming’ has already received a lot of hype around it and it is slightly evident why but there’s a few scenes in the film that leave a bit to be desired. There was one scene in particular where I felt myself cringing to the point where I had to look away from the screen as it was becoming unbearably uncomfortable – Adrian Toomes and Peter Parker meeting for the first time (out of costume) because of Peter taking his daughter, Liz, to the schools homecoming. I think it was the car ride in particular when I just found myself thinking Peter what the hell are you doing!! Talk about giving it away or what! He couldn’t have made it more obvious if he tried, I understand that you’re shocked but jeez pull it together you’re Spider-Man! due to his not so secretiveness Peter ends up giving it away that he is in fact the man behind the mask (or boy), but not before he manages to slip his phone to track in the back of Adrian’s car – props to Spidey as it was quick thinking on his behalf considering how shook he was beforehand. But still, it was just unnecessary why couldn’t he just pull it together? One thing I was left confused about however Is why there were different shots in the trailer then what was actually used in the film? Thinking back there’s a scene where Liz and Peter kiss in the trailer (It looks like it’s heading that way) however I’m pretty sure in the movie nothing comes close to them two kissing as peter runs out at homecoming within the first 5 minutes – not even giving them chance to get there and then they don’t really even speak after that. Also, how Iron Man and Spider-Man are shown flying and slinging through the city together, correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure that this doesn’t actually happen? It’s very strange for them to use different clips in the trailer to the actual film and clips that could have potentially made the film better by the looks of it so this definitely needs addressing.

Now it’s already been discussed that Spider-man will carry the 4th part of the Avengers franchise. I can see why they’ve chosen Spider-man to take up the gauntlet as it can spawn a lot of spin offs and introduce a lot of new character. It would be awesome to see Black Cat make an appearance in the universe as so far we’ve only got two prominent female superheros in the franchise, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch – with the introduction of Captain Marvel coming later on. Two more Spider-Man solo movies are already in the works and what I believed to be teased was the Sinister Six – as we already see a few players from the team come into the universe thanks to Homecoming.

There’s a lot of promise that comes from Spider-Man: Homecoming, and even though I don’t think it’s all it’s made out to be it still is an enjoyable film that I can see leading up to a very exciting universe. It can only get bigger from here for Spider-Man and his companions and as it progressives I think we’re gonna see a lot more of what the Avengers arc has to offer as we head into a new age of heroes.


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