“Spider-Man: Homecoming” was directed by Jon Watts, who previously did smaller films such as “Clown” and “Cop Car”. The film is based on the beloved comic book series and is the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet the first for web slinger. This also marks the 2nd reboot of the character following Sam Raimi’s trilogy and Mark Webb’s 2 films. The film stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier and Michael Keaton. Several other cast members reprise their roles from other MCU films such as Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Chris Evans. Both Holland and Tomei both appeared in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” as their respected characters.
After the events of “Civil War”, Tony Stark (Downey) informs Peter Parker (Holland) that when the time is right, Spider Man will join the Avengers. Amped up and ready for another adventure, Peter returns home and to school anxiously awaits Tony’s call that never comes. Peter constantly hounds Happy Hogan (Favreau) for an update but gets no response. As Peter waits for the call, he and his friend Ned (Batalon) are invited to party thrown by Liz (Harrier) a fellow classmate and a crush of Peter’s. There, Peter is pressured into showing off his knowledge of the identity of Spider Man. Before he can show off, he comes across an arms deal between 2 street thugs and Aaron Davis (Glover). As Peter moves in on them, he is grabbed by a mysterious “Vulture” (Keaton) and must fight his way out. With Spider-Man finding a case of his own, Peter’s life as a teenager and superhero is put to the ultimate test as he must find out who this Vulture is and stop him from selling weapons of mass destruction.
You would think after Sony failed with “Spider Man 3” and the 2 “Amazing Spider-Man” films that they would come to their senses and give the character back to Marvel. Well they finally did and the results were fantastic. This was a great film from beginning to end. Tom Holland is by far the best representation of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. Michael Keaton nailed Adrian Tooms a.k.a The Vulture. Up to this point there had only been 2 great performances of Marvel villains in the MCU, Tom Hiddelston’s “Loki” and Jeff Bridges’ “Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger”. Keaton really embodied the character as more sympathizing than menacing. Robert Downey Jr is also great serving as a mentor to Peter Parker. He used just right, not too much and not too less. This film had the feel of an 80s teenage rom-com. Holland’s performance alone makes the film entertaining and interesting.
After this film, Tom Holland would appear in the next 2 “Avengers” films as well as his own sequel, “Far Away From Home”. While Laura Harrier and Donald Glover did not return for the sequel, it would be interesting see if they do seeing that they are key characters in Spider-Man’s universe. Michael Keaton, however, is set to reprise his role for the 2021 film, “Morbius”, a film based on a Spider-Man villain after Sony had success with 2018’s “Venom”. It is unclear if Venom, Morbius and Spider-Man will collide at some point but if this is the case then they can just take my money now. A third film in discussion as Holland, Zendaya and Watts have signed on but nothing has been confirmed just yet.