Welcome home, Peter Parker! The Marvel Cinematic Universe is blessed to have you!
Fellow Nerd(col)laborator, Mikey, and I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming at 7pm the Thursday it opened in theaters and I LOVED IT! It had the best bits of what Marvel Studios always brings to the table but what really stood out was the careful decisions to focus on Peter Parker’s development and not just give us the polished, witty, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man that we obviously know he grows into.
Tom Holland is the perfect blend of Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield, in my opinion. But yet, he brings his own take to the character. I joke that Marvel has been waiting for so long to play with Peter Parker and Spider-Man and this movie shows the giddiness of actually being able to make a movie with him. But they’ve also done it in a way that isn’t overly superhero. At the core, this isn’t an origin or re-origin movie that Sony loves to bring to the screen. It’s almost a coming of age story that happens to involve a high school Sophomore that was bit by a radioactive spider. Simple. Not messy with any sinister backstory or overly complex feats a kid superhero needs to take on that tiptoes the line of being unbelievable because in the end, this is a 15 year old kid trying to follow his heart and make a difference using his powers.
I mentioned the story before and that happens to be why I really enjoyed this movie so much. There are many other reasons but the story really stood out as feeling fresh with nuances of things we’ve seen in Spider-Man and other superhero flicks. And with the established backdrop of the Battle of New York from The Avengers and subtle references to the MCU timeline, we already have this foundation that the screenwriters and director don’t need to further explain. And that keeps the flow of this movie moving forward; I felt no lag in story and scenes really fit well together to get us through each act perfectly.
The last aspect of this movie I want to touch on is the emotion I felt watching this movie. I described Wonder Woman as emotional as well (which you can check out my non-spoiler review here) but in this case, when I say emotional, I mean you actually feel like you’re there with Spider-Man as he is web slinging through the air or doing what superheroes do best, save people. The pacing and how the anticipation and suspense is created is amazing! It really puts you on this roller coaster ride and for me, solidifies Peter Parker as a character and not just emphasizes Spider-Man, masked superhero saving the world with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Hulk.
The movie overall was masterfully done and I have to say, even though it’s not super difficult to make this statement, but Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best Spider-Man movie to date. I have a soft spot for the first Spider-Man flick because it was the first chance to see Spider-Man on screen but this movie was a lot of fun to watch, believable throughout the story, emotional and suspenseful enough to keep you wanting more, and funny which Marvel Studios typically applies their light-hearted blanket over an intense and action packed story. This movie is definitely a second, and if I can manage it, a third viewing type of movie and will end up in my Blu-Ray collection.
Welcome home, Spider-Man. Us fans waited a long time but it was worth the wait!