By James Master
Here we are again, another Marvel film, but not just a normal super hero flick. Another Spider-Man film, a collaboration between Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. Since 2002 when the first Spider-Man film came out, the Tobey Maguire version, there has been a Spider-Man film coming out every few years. By now everyone has heard of Peter Parker and the radioactive spider that transformed him into the web crawler we all know and love.
So when it was released that there was going to be a new Spider-Man movie, I was a bit nervous. Even though both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played decent iterations of the wall crawler, it wasn’t the main actors that killed each of their respective franchises. Knowing Marvel Studios was in on this one eased my nerves a bit. Seeing Spider-Man in action in Captain America: Civil War (2016) eased my nerves even more.
Now after watching Homecoming for the first time, I can honestly say that this version of Spider-Man fits well into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Captain America, Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, and Iron Man all make cameos with talk of all the other events and characters inside the MCU.
Tom Holland plays a fifteen-year-old Peter Parker as he gets back from Berlin and his fight with Captain America’s Avengers. He’s given a new high tech suit, loose set of rules by Iron Man, and an even looser promise that should the Avengers need him, he’d be summoned.
Knowing that there are greater villains and bigger world events that he could be apart of, Spider-Man grows bored with the mundane everyday bank robbers and cats in trees. So when Michael Keaton comes onto the scene as the Vulture, Spider-Man can’t resist getting into the fight despite Iron Man’s repeated wishes.
The charm of this movie isn’t the fighting, which is great, or the moral battle within Peter about power and responsibility. It’s the fact that Peter is still a child. The main clash in this film isn’t between Spider-Man and the Vulture. It’s between Peter Parker wanting to be Spider-Man and Peter Parker wanting to be a normal teenager.
That’s what makes this film so unique from all the other entries into the MCU. There aren’t big apocalyptic battles, world-ending events, or over powered villains from another galaxy.
Both villain and hero are relatable. Audiences know why Vulture is stealing from the government Robin Hood style. They know why Peter Parker is trying to be more than everyone expects him to be. That’s why this movie shines.
With that said. I would strongly encourage anyone that enjoys strong character development, epic fight scenes, witty dialogue, and a fresh envisioning of the friendly neighborhood wall crawler.