In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s not how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, but what he did to become part of The Avengers. Other series attempts beginning with the original big screen Spider-Man starring Tobey McGuire in 2002 and followed by The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 unleashed a cartoonish character. In this new release of the web casting warrior you’ll see how he’s being “reinvented” as a superhero and where he fits into the grand scheme of Marvel Comics Universe.
The new release “Homecoming” sidesteps the romance going straight for the gut by introducing Spider-man working an internship with Tony Stark, Ironman (Robert Downey Jr.). It’s actually a cooler way to bring the “web caster” into the Avengers fold. Much like Ant Man and even Captain America that had their own movie intros before joining the superheroes, its Spider-Man’s turn.
The film starts with a salvage crew lead by Adrean Toomes (Michael Keaton) clearing the mess made by The Avengers in 2012 that devastated New York City. Just when they are about to fill another truck with a load of concrete and steel head of the newly formed U.S. Department of Damage Control, a Tony Stark company, stops them from continuing. Upset with loosing the job he needed to keep his business going, Toomes gathers as many of the parts he can that were related to the weaponry used by Loki in the battle.
The movie jumps to five years later and we find teenage Peter Parker (Tom Holland) practicing his new found skills as Spider-Man and capturing bad guys that are causing trouble. Now learning with Tony Stark’s tutelage as his intern, Parker’s under the watchful eye of Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man. On one of his city “web swings” he spots three men trying to open an ATM and makes an attempt to stop them. But they are too much for the young Spider-Man fighting him off with powerful weaponry developed by Toomes.
When Spider-Man comes across the powerful Vulture, he realizes that it’ll take more than his powers to stop a potential war. This production of Spider-Man actually fits in well with the other Avenger stories and puts the superhero in line for many more. Director John Watts (Cop Car) does a very good job of hatching a different take on the brave kid who becomes an idol for his high school mates then goes on to fight crime. Although McGuire and Garfield were the forerunners of one of Marvel’s better crime fighters, it took Watts to bring out the best in the character.
Actor Tom Holland takes over the reins as Spider-Man and puts on a very good show. Seen briefly in Captain America: Civil War, the actor shows his acting skills in this full length feature. I like what he brings to the screen and the way John Watts provides a red carpet for his debut. But it’s not his first job for the big screen, he starred as a youngster caught up in a tsunami in The Impossible and helped to make that film a stunner.
Spider-Man: Homecoming has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments. Make sure you stay for the credits for two additional scenes. If your mature youngsters have watched the other Marvel and DC Comics heroes and crime fighters, then as long as they are accompanied, they should have fun with this adventure.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good version of Spider-Man for graphic novel lovers.
Additional Film Information:
Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei and Chris Evans
Directed by: John Watts
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments
Running Time: 2 hrs. 13. Min.
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Released in: 2D, 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D
The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.