Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first full length super-hero movie collaboration between Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. And, I have to say, they did an outstanding job! In this newest iteration of Spider-Man Peter Parker, who is a 15-year-old kid, is trying to figure out what it means to be a super-hero as well as a normal teenager. This movie is very much a high school drama/coming of age type of movie. It shows real struggles that teenagers face as they go through high school, as well as portraying how a teenage superhero may deal with those struggles.
Starting off, I have to say that this movie is a lot of fun. It has a familiarity that ties it perfectly into the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe, yet still manages to feel different. The young-adult aspect is something that is central in all the early versions of the Spider-Man comics, yet, until now, has not been accurately portrayed on the big screen.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming Peter Parker is 15 – he is a high school kid who must deal with homework, Spanish quizzes, bullies, and trying to not be the geek outcast. At the same time, he is dealing with the struggles of what it means to be Spider-Man as well as an Avenger. These struggles brilliantly show the comedic side of being a teenage super hero as well as the hardship that one in his position would face.
Tom Holland plays Peter Parker and does an amazing job of portraying, accurately, a teenage millennial who also happens to be Spider-Man. So much of his performance is in his body language and how he carries himself in every scene – whether it be due to excitement, sadness, or angst. His embodiment of a teenager is flawless. And I have to say, without spoiling anything, there is one scene toward the end where you are reminded that Spider-Man really is a kid and Holland plays that scene beautifully. It is actually very stressful to watch as this kid is in a fight for his life against The Vulture.
Also, someone else who must be mentioned is Michael Keaton. His portrayal of the Vulture, is spectacular! I believed that Keaton’s character could be a real villain, I believed in his motivations, and believe that he made a great first villain for the webslinger. He was menacing, yet not over-the-top. Keaton’s Vulture is absolutely one of the best Spider-Man villains seen on the big screen, as well as one the best Marvel villains in the MCU. I hope we get to see more of him in the future.
Now, I have to say, there is one thing that bugged me – the Spidey suit. It was very obviously made by Tony Stark, and I feel that it take away from the character of Spider-Man. Spider-Man is supposed to be a poor kid who relies on his wits, morals, and fast reflexes to get himself in and out of bad situations. Yet for most of the movie Peter is in an Iron-Man/Spider-Man suit that gives him extra abilities and an Artificial Intelligents that aids and sometimes hinders him. When Stark does finally take the suit away the fight scenes have higher stakes because he can’t rely on an AI for help. I wish we had had those stakes in the beginning.
But, that is a minor complaint in an overall very solid movie. The characters are awesome and I can’t wait to see them again. Jon Watts does an excellent job of directing the film, and I hope Sony/Marvel signs him on for more projects. I advise everybody to go out and see this movie. I had a lot of fun with Spider-Man: Homecoming, therefore I’m going to give it a superior score of 4.5/5.
Did you see Spider-Man: Homecoming? What did you think of the new suit? Is this your favorite Spider-Man movie, if not, what is? Leave a comment below and we can make a discussion out of it.