Spider-Man: Homecoming Reviewed

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The 16th Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Spider-man: Homecoming is an absolute delight and ticks all the boxes for lifelong Spider-man fans of both the films and comics.
Following on from the events of Captain America: Civil War, as well as several years after the first Avengers film, we follow a 15 year old Peter Parker (three months after his first mission with Tony Stark’s Avengers team), very eager and keen to be a full time Avenger, to have more excitement in his teenage life and wants to be stopped being treated like a kid.

Tom Holland is superb as Peter Parker / Spider-man, in my personal opinion the best live action incarnation in 40 years since the first was on screen, even getting the right detail of having Queen's New York accent despite being born and raised in England.

Peter Parker is a teenager in Midtown High School, he fancies the prettiest and slightly older girl in school, Liz (played by Laura Harrier). Peter is a bit of an outcast but has one close friend Ned Leeds (played by Jacob Batalon) who is also an outcast. Peter is respected by his teachers and fellow students, who know how intelligent he is and an asset to the school’s Decathlon team. Peter lives in an apartment with his Aunt May (played by the lovely and always brilliant Marisa Tomei). Peter takes the subway to Midtown and tells his fellow students and Aunt May that he is in “the Stark internship” afterschool. The Stark internship is, of course, a cover for his alter-ego as Spider-man and he swings around New York looking for crime, of which surprisingly there isn’t that much. He constantly gives reports to Happy Hogan (played by Jon Favreau) who consistently ignores Peter and sees him as a bit of an annoyance, while he is trying to move the Avengers Tower to a new location.

More excitement comes into Peter’s life when he spots a bank robbery, the robbers dressed in the Avengers masks and using Alien based weapons. Holland demonstrates the webslinger's famous sense of humour, very familiar in the comic books but which has been lacking in recent onscreen incarnations. The Alien based weapons are supplied by Adrian Toomes / The Vulture (played by Michael Keaton). Toomes’ motivation in the prologue scene from the aftermath of the Avengers battle in New York is to provide and support his family as well as being loyal to the crew of his independent salvaging company and feels let down because he is no longer allowed to salvage Avengers battle debris, making him and his team practically redundant and choosing a life of crime (under the radar of Tony Stark and the Avengers) which would be more sustainable in supporting and giving a better life to his family. After a near fatality involving the owner of Peter’s favourite convenience store and his cat, Peter tries to tell Tony Stark about the new Alien weapons and decides to track down the source of weapons himself. After his normal day clothes get stolen in a street alley, his secret alter ego as Spider-man is discovered by his close friend Ned, who has endless questions about Spider-man and the Avengers, but also proves to be a loyal and trusted friend, as well as being very academically intelligent, but innocently and inadvertently sometimes manages to create awkward social situations for Peter.

For the first time in a Spider-man, we see Spidy on a ferry, a plane as well as travelling to a State other than New York. The audience also sees the difficulty Peter has putting on his costume in the street in broad daylight as well as what happens when you get your clothes stolen.

With a great 1980’s soundtrack including – The Ramones , Spoon, The Rolling Stones, The English Beat and A Flock of Seagulls, and references to John Hughes “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Breakfast Club” as well as reference to Spider-man co-creator Steve Ditko’s most memorable panels, Spider-man: Homecoming shows, more than any other Spider-man film, that with great power comes great responsibility!
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