Spider-Man: Homecoming is a superhero film directed by John Watts and it is the sixteenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Tom Holland reprises his role as the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man/Peter Parker after his debut in Captain America: Civil War. The cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming also includes Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr. The story of the film focuses on Peter Parker as he tries to find the balance between being both Spider-Man and a teenager at high-school while also dealing with the looming threat of The Vulture (Michael Keaton).
My Knowledge and Expectation of Spider-Man: Homecoming
To say that Spider-Man: Homecoming has been a film that I have been highly anticipating would be an understatement. My excitement for Homecoming mainly comes from how much I loved Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. To me, his scenes and Spider-Man himself were the best parts of a film which, overall, I found to be good but overrated.
I hoped that the good foundation that was laid for Spider-Man in Civil War would be built upon in Homecoming which would also further the MCU in the process. Additionally, I could not wait to see the continuation of Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s relationship with Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and I was curious to see whether The Vulture could buck the trend of underwhelming villains in the MCU. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive so, with all of this in mind, I was expecting good things from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
My Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I thought that it would be tough for any superhero film coming out in 2017 that is in the MCU to be better. Spider-Man: Homecoming achieves this. This film is so entertaining and it is another success for Marvel. I was smiling from beginning to end and the film is a fantastic blend of being a superhero film and a coming-of-age film. In fact, Spider-Man: Homecoming did remind me at times of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a direct reference to that film is made in Homecoming which was nice to see.
A big reason why Spider-Man: Homecoming is so great and enjoyable is because of Tom Holland. He continues right where he left off from Civil War and comes across as a real teenager. We can see that he is struggling with all the normal pressures of puberty, adolescence and high-school in addition to his superhero abilities. It is very easy to connect to Holland’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker and he is so likeable, awkward and funny in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I cannot wait to see more of Spider-Man as he has become one of my favourite characters in the MCU.
Moreover, his relationship with his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) was another highlight of the film as it felt extremely natural and authentic. I also liked Michelle (Zendaya) as she provided some enjoyable dry humour and seeing Donald Glover in his small role was cool to watch. Still, my favourite interactions that Tom Holland had in Spider-Man: Homecoming were with Robert Downey Jr. Since the MCU began with Iron Man in 2008, Robert Downey Jr. has been consistently brilliant and he continues this in his small but important role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in this film. We had the perfect amount of Robert Downey Jr. and, instead of overshadowing, he enhanced the character of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. This gave Tom Holland the chance to successfully lead this film.
A nice surprise in Spider-Man: Homecoming was just how good The Vulture was as the villain in this film. Michael Keaton does a fantastic job in portraying one of the best villains in the MCU to date because he is a very sympathetic character. While he is committing bad acts, the motivations and the reasons why he is leading a life of crime is very understandable. He is much more layered than other villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which means that he ranks amongst my favourite villains in the MCU.
Other elements of Spider-Man: Homecoming that impressed me were the action and the visual effects and, in this regard, I must give a lot of credit to director John Watts. I knew nothing about him going into this film and I feel like he is going to get a lot more opportunities after how well he directed Homecoming. He crafted a film which is another entertaining chapter in the MCU and elevates Spider-Man to a place where he is now an integral part of this franchise. I know that this is the second reboot of this character and that may put you off seeing this film. I urge you to reconsider as I guarantee that you will leave the cinema much happier after you have seen what is, for me personally, one of the most entertaining films of 2017 so far.