“Dazzling, Spirited and Whimsical – This is Spider-man”
After making his energetic debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland returns to the big screen as the Web-Slinging hero in the third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The film is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and Tom is joined alongside Michael Keaton (Birdman) as the main antagonist, Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers) Marissa Tomei (The Wrestler) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man).
The film takes place soon after the events of “Captain America Civil War” where Spidey has returned back to his home in Queens, New York, and is trying to balance his life as a high school student and a superhero. But when he stumbles upon advanced weaponry, he takes it upon himself to find the source of the threat and prove to Tony Stark that he is ready to be an Avenger.
After the negative reviews The Amazing Spider-Man received from critics and audiences, Sony Studios decided to sell filming rights back to Marvel Studios which meant a fresh start for the web-slinging hero. This new change meant the character would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the delight of fans who felt that Marvel could deliver on this front.
The question is, does Marvel repay the fan's trust? For starters, casting Tom Holland to play the role was a wise pick. He brings out the best of both characters, as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. The world the film takes place in is a contributing factor to his good performance. In fact, one can say this is a coming- of- age film because Peter is still 15 years old. He shows the naivety and excitement of a kid who just got superhero powers and often, his restless behavior leads him to dangerous situations that he is not prepared for.
Which brings me to the fear I had going into this. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) needs to keep Peter’s feet on the ground throughout the process, a character this big could easily overpower the main character of the film and this could have been Iron Man 4. The screen time Iron Man/ Tony receives in this film is sufficient and more importantly, it is necessary. Some of the best bits of the film are when Peter and Tony are interacting.
Another plus is Michael Keaton as the main villain, the vulture’s intentions are clear and understandable. After the Battle of New York between Loki and the Avengers in Avengers, 2012, Adrian Toomes receives a government contract from the city to clean up the mess, but when Tony Stark creates the Department of Damage control to do the clean-up, it leaves Toomes and his family in a tight spot financially.
Michael Keaton excellently portrays the character and it leads to a chilly car scene between Parker and Toomes. This is usually the Achilles heel in Marvel movies, the villains of the story are accused of being hollow. That said, the film does have its flaws, the pacing is a bit off at times and some of Toomes accomplices could have been developed more or scrubbed off entirely.
It’s been a good year for comic- book movies so far, Spider-man: Homecoming accurately portrays one of the most beloved characters. Definitely, a must watch in theaters.