It’s fair to say Marvel and Sony have done it again!
Keeping to an original story with no repetitive telling of how Peter Parker became Spidey, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fresh start for The Avengers’ newest recruit.
The film’s premise introduces us to the antagonist explaining a brief how and why Michael Keaton’s character becomes the villainous Vulture – keeping The Avengers’ involvement in this, in plain sight before switching to Marvel’s opening credits.
The exhilarating 2 hour duration then begins with a reminder of Spider-Man’s entrance into the Marvel universe, showing home video footage of Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) exciting experience as the youngest member of Team Iron Man, bragging about his accomplishments in between takes of fighting opponent Team Cap. Following the humorous and lively vlog, Spider-Man: Homecoming swiftly moves on from the events in Civil War with Peter balancing his new life as a low-key high school student against being a well-known superhero in his home city of Queens and proving his ability to fight crime to his mentor Iron Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t just about Spider-Man himself as there’s a diverse cast whose personalities really stand out in this film other than just being additional background characters.
Considering how the film was advertised, you’d be surprised at how little tomboy Michelle (Zendaya) who becomes known as MJ towards the end actually appears in the film and how big of a role high-school sweetheart Liz (Laura Harrier) plays instead! On the other hand, Parker’s best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is a very likeable character and steals the show at times by simply being a regular teen compared to the smug, rich-kid Flash (Tony Revolori) who bullies “loser” Peter Parker throughout the film. The wide range of characters that represent kids in a modern day high-school will make young viewers going through the same experience relate easily to this film like no other Spider-Man or Marvel movie has done before.
In comparison, you have two very different adult characters being the highly successful Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the working class Adrian who soon becomes Vulture.
Looking at it from another perspective, Tony Stark and his former head of security Happy (Jon Favreau) are the wealthy business men that tend to brush off Parker’s opinions just because he’s young, only making Peter strive even further to prove his point of being able to be a strong Avenger. The twist and turns that Parker faces with and without Iron Man throughout the film reflect on this.
Not forgetting the new and younger Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) that we’re all used to. Although Tomei has a smaller role in the film, she’s still the typical mother figure worrying about her nephew’s whereabouts and guiding him through important steps in life. Not to mention the fact that she gets hit on more times in the film than we probably will this whole year, the refreshing take of May’s character is modernised to today’s society.
Now, we have to talk about the star of the film, Tom Holland who by the way will make you completely forget about Andrew Garfield’s The (not-so) Amazing Spider-Man. Holland is the Spider-Man that has stayed true to the comic book character. For a start, he actually looks like a teenager and his world is genuinely revolving around finding himself within the chaotic lifestyle during high-school. He’s geeky, funny and most of all a driven young kid who just wants to do something good and prove a point.
Holland’s outstanding portrayal of the iconic superhero has rebooted Spider-Man into the young hero you didn’t know you needed!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the ultimate high school experience with witty humour, unexpected plot twists and fast-paced action sequences throughout, making it a great fit in the MCU!
Don’t forget to catch Spider-Man: Homecoming in cinemas now!