Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming ★★★★

Alex E's Spider-Man Marathon #6
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

"Just a typical homecoming, on the outside of an invisible jet, fighting my girlfriends dad." - Peter Parker

I was in the mood for some web slinging action, so after the not so amazing reboot Sony were basically in the dirt until Marvel said hey wanna work together on Spidey and they were like yeah. That my friends is how we got Spidey in Civil War and after that we got a proper Spidey follow up in Jon Watts's Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City known as The Vulture (Michael Keaton).

Tom Holland is very very likeable as Peter Parker / Spider-Man and he just eases his way through the role here, I feel like he does a very realistic portrayal of Peter and Spidey seeing as after all Spider-Man is just a teenager and all his reactions to what goes on during his journey is just fantastic. Alongside that it's always nice to see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man as Parker's kinda sorta Dad who looks after him, also Jon Favreau at the end as Happy, good stuff.

Alongside that we get some good characters including a more modern Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), I know there were a few angry people about that casting but seeing as Tomei is a younger version of Aunt May there is more to explore and she's such a good and stunning actress for the part. Peter's school friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) is pretty good as he helps Peter and we get some good minor characters including a love interest for Peter and many others in minor roles.

It was awesome to see Michael Keaton back in a Superhero flick as The Vulture, Keaton is my favourite Batman and he's still got it here, see Marvel making a interesting Villian is pretty easy, just cast a great actor who knows his stuff and give him character development throughout the film and you're halfway there.

Homecoming's best feature is how modern it feels with it taking place in the MCU, I love all of Spidey's quips and the film is genuinely funny and the action scenes are pretty great. I also enjoyed the look into Peter's life as a whole as he starts to learn what being Spider-Man means, I'm glad they didn't go with a generic story for the film or just copy what the Raimi or Webb films did.

While Homecoming isn't on the same level of the first two Raimi Spidey flicks, as well as I feel Marvel films don't hold up as well on the re-watch. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the life that the Spider-Man character needed and feels like a fresh take on our friendly neighbourhood hero, it's a very solid effort for the Tom Holland era of Spider-Man films and is enjoyable from start to finish.

8/10

NOTE: Also Tom Holland having a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in real life and talking about how great Staffies are as dogs gets top marks from me, he seems like a very cool guy!

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