Spider-Man: Homecoming

Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) owns a company who is tasked cleaning up after the Avengers battle aliens coming through a portal. He is shut down by a secret government group who takes over the process. Eight years later, Adrian has collected some of the alien technology and uses it to make weapons. These advanced weapons are being sold on the street to whomever wants to buy them.

Fresh from his fighting alongside Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is anxious for his next mission. After Happy (Jon Favreau) delivers a high-tech suit, Peter does small jobs to help around the neighborhood. When he discovers Adrian’s weapons being sold, Peter hopes to prove himself to Tony by stopping Adrian. Peter quickly, and frequently gets in over his head and has to be rescued by Tony.

Having been warned several times, Tony takes away Peter’s suit. Trying to balance being a teenager with being a superhero, Peter often neglects his friends and his life in the hope of joining the Avengers. With Adrian now using his technology to become Vulture, Peter may have bitten off more than he can handle, putting himself and many innocent people in danger.

Having had some less than stellar success, Sony finally lets Spider-Man rejoin the ranks of Marvel’s heroes. This also allows Spider-Man to take advantage of Marvel’s expertise in the superhero world.

Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield were both just ok as Spider-Man. They had their ups and downs, neither of them really finding that sweet spot. With this latest reboot, Tom Holland steps in. Holland brings us back to Spider-Man’s roots as a high school student, something Maguire couldn’t pull off, and the Garfield films completely ignored. Holland’s Peter Parker is the outcast at school and has yet to learn how to handle his new powers. While it’s too soon to say exactly how well he will do in the future, Homecoming is a good start. With Marvel now influencing how he will be handled and Holland’s solid performance, I think only good things will follow.

Michael Keaton has shown he has some great depth as to the characters he can play. He has done straight comedy, drama, and even dipped his toes into the superhero world in Tim Burton’s Batman. This time, though, he plays the bad guy. With a decent backstory, we get to see Adrian Toomes’ motivation for becoming a villain. Spider-Man movies have tried to explore the pathos of its villains in the past, but never really connects. Keaton does a better job than most when it comes to this. As for the rest of the cast, they hold their own, giving the film that solid Marvel feel. Robert Downey Jr. is exactly what you want and expect from him. He is smartly kept out of the majority of the film, letting the focus fall on Parker. Marisa Tomei, the youngest Aunt May we’ve seen, also stays out of the way of the story, being in it just enough to make her feel a part of it. The only person who really shares a decent amount of screen time with Parker is his best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon. Batalon is in awe of his friend’s secret powers and wants nothing more than to be his “guy behind the keyboard,” a part he plays well.

Skipping the back story we’ve seen so many times, Spider-Man: Homecoming neatly ties together the timelines between The AvengersCaptain America: Civil War, and current day Spider-Man. A well thought out story that is told in true Marvel fashion, Homecoming is a solid entrance for the web-slinger into the universe he belongs in. The action is constant and intense, although it sometimes makes the film feel a little longer than the 2 hour 13 minute run time. I would recommend spending a little extra to see it in IMAX 3D to fully appreciate everything that is going on.

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