Spiderman: Homecoming premiered on July 7th and it’s been welcomed with great reviews along with being certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. We are in agreement with what everyone has said so far and that is that this is one of Marvel’s best standalone superhero movies. Tom Holland is the Peter Parker we’ve been waiting for. He plays the role much more like the Spiderman we know from the comic books and not a kid who’s way too dark for his age. If you weren’t planning on seeing this movie this summer, you need to change your plans and go see this because it’s the Spiderman film we deserve.
The film opens on cellphone camera footage where Peter Parker is making a little movie about his experiences in Captain America: Civil War and it’s hilarious. Happy (Jon Favreau) is along for the ride and he’s the man Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) has chosen to put in charge of Peter Parker. We see footage from Peter getting his awesome new suit, flying for the first time and behind the scenes footage from the airport fight sequence from Civil War. Once they return to NY, Peter wants to know when Tony is going to call him for their next mission. Tony plays it off like he’s a member but in reality he just wants him to save a few nice old ladies and call Happy if he needs anything.
The next sequence of the film revolves around Peter’s life outside of being Spiderman and he’s just your average high school kid. He has a best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), who is the first to find out Peter is Spiderman in a hilarious scene. Ned wants to be Peter’s man in the chair who helps from behind the scenes. We follow up with Peter’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) who is clueless to his secret life but she brings about some of the best scenes in the film that mix heart with humor. Peter also has a crush on a girl in school who’s a member of his academic club and her name is not MJ as usual in the Spiderman universe but this Peter likes Liz (Laura Harrier). There is a girl named Michelle (Zendaya) who says she prefers to go by MJ but according to director Jon Watts she is not the same MJ as Peter’s usual love interest. Time will tell if that statement is true or something to throw us off the scent. We watch Peter do some run of the mill neighborhood hero action mixed in with some epic fails until he stumbles upon an arms deal that includes weapons made from much more high tech gear then the world has made. He brings that news to Happy but it doesn’t seem like Happy cares to take it to Stark, who’s making some saves over WiFi, by the way.
The weapons are the cause of Vulture/Adrien Toomes (Michael Keaton) who was on a cleanup site from the Avengers vs Aliens eight years before this film and he gets fired but he keeps some things and makes some very dangerous weapons. Michael Keaton is an excellent villain in this film and we hope we get to see him again somewhere down the Marvel line. We won’t tell you anymore plot details so we don't spoil the movie. Watch this film closely because there are a lot of Marvel easter eggs throughout that you don’t want to miss. There are some questions left after the film regarding overall MCU timeline but we enjoyed the movie enough to let those slide.
Overall, Spiderman: Homecoming is an excellent film and will be one of the biggest of the summer. If you’ve seen it, share your thoughts and if not, what are you doing reading this? Get to the theater. Robert Downey Jr. is in the film just enough to not make you want more but also not too much to overshadow Tom Holland. We will definitely be seeing this one again!