Spider-Man: HOmecoming Reviewed
Spider-Man: Homecoming begins after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Now that Spider-man has gone toe-to-toe with Cap he's ready to be the next Avenger. But Tony Stark still thinks he needs a little bit of training and wants him to be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
First off, it is an absolute treat to not have another Spider-Man start with his origin story. We've seen the spider bite twice now; everyone knows how Spider-Man got his powers. Besides watching Bruce Wayne's parents getting shot it's one of the most well-known origin stories in the comics, so I was relieved to see no mention of Uncle Ben. It's also a treat to have actors that look like they could be in high school playing high school students. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were both in their mid-twenties when they played Peter Parker, so casting 19-year-old Tom Holland was refreshing.
A superhero movie can only be as good as its villain and Michael Keaton's fantastic as The Vulture. Keaton is straight up crazy in this movie in the best possible way. He is a blue-collar worker who resents having been snubbed by the 1% and wants to get his so he can provide a good life for his family. This type of villain fits into the small-time feel that the movie is going for and it's refreshing to know that not every Marvel movie has to feature a world-threatening event.
Spider-Man has always been a very relatable character, well-known for his snark, and the young Tom Holland is terrific in the title role. But with five previous Spider-Man movies and this being the 16th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe can we really be surprised anymore? This story is only unique to Marvel in that it's the first one about a high schooler, but that's well-trodden territory elsewhere. Marvel is one of the most successful studios out there and if you've liked their other movies you will like Spider-Man: Homecoming as well. Just don't expect to be taken back by anything, because no matter how good this movie is we've been here before. B
If you really have to go to the bathroom as soon as the two-hour and 13 minute movie ends then feel free. The two post-credit scenes don't do anything to further the over-arching story in the MCU. However, the scene at the very end is very funny.