I want to preface this review by saying that I enjoyed both Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Loved them even. As you likely know by now if you come here regularly, I am a giant Marvel Comics fan. That means that at times, I can be picky about the movies that bring my favorite characters to life. I will be honest, I went in to Spider-Man: Homecoming not knowing what to expect. But I was blown away by it. Dare I say it was my favorite Spider-Man movie to date? I do.
I cannot say enough about the cast of this movie. Everyone played their parts perfectly. Michael Keaton was an incredible villain, as if there was any doubt. I mean, the guy is great in everything he does, but he brought a whole new feel to The Vulture that I just loved. Get ready to fall in love with Jacob Batalon, who plays Ned, Peter’s best friend. He was perfection. I was thrilled to see Martin Starr have a larger role than I expected. He is fantastic in Silicon Valley. I love me some Donald Glover and he was just perfect in what he did. And don’t get me started on Michael Mando. He is one of my favorite actors from Better Call Saul and I hope to see more of him in the future of Spider-Man.
Let’s talk about Tom Holland for a minute. We have seen many Peter Parkers and many Spider-Mans. Usually the actor nails one and is pretty good as the other, in my opinion. But Tom, man, Tom NAILS it as both Peter and Spidey. His performance is what pushed this movie over the top for me. It is what made this my favorite Spidey film. That, and the incorporation of Tony Stark, because I am totally Team Iron Man.
The Comic Book Nods
Of course you have all the standout characters from the comic books in this film – Peter, Ned, Flash, (maybe MJ? Hmm… I am not saying). But there were other great nods and slip ins too. Pay attention and you just might see Betty Brant, Howard Stark, and Bruce Banner. I don’t want to spoil anything for those that like to find Easter eggs, so all I will say is go in with your eyes wide open – and maybe go back a second time.
I promised no spoilers, so there will be no spoilers. But you might think from watching the trailer, like I did, that I knew the whole plot of this movie. Peter gets a cool suit from Tony Stark, he does something reckless to lose said suit, and has to prove himself to earn it back. Yes, that is basically the plot, you are not wrong, but there were some things that I did not see coming. One twist in particular was so great that I let out an audible gasp.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a comedy first. I just want to put that out there. Yes, it is a superhero movie and there are some action parts. But in my opinion, it is a comedy with some action scenes – not an action movie with some comedy. And I love that. It really embodies who Peter Parker and Spider-Man are. In the comics, there is a LOT of comedy. There were many times throughout this film that the whole theater was laughing. There are many one liners that I want to list here but don’t want to take away from the film for those that have not seen it. Perhaps in the future, I will write another article just about the one liners of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
What’s To Come
I am trying to not give any spoilers here, so all I will say is stay through the credits (duh) and you will get a hint at what villain will be next. This villain happens to be one of my favorites – and to be played by one of my favorite actors has me basically jumping up and down with excitement! I cannot wait to see where Sony brings Tom and the rest of the gang, because I feel like it can only get better. With a core cast like this, who can complain? Great things are in store for Spider-Man guys, and with Great Things comes Great Responsibility? Ah well, I tried!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in Theaters Now!
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.