Spider-Man: Homecoming

This is the Spider-Man movie many of us have been waiting for. It seems like it so long ago, back when the Sony/Marvel deal was first announced. That was a joyous time. Then we saw Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Civil War and that completely cemented our faith. Well, at least it did for me. This is my favorite superhero, so this was kind of a big deal for me. As I’m sure it was for many, many other people. The marketing for the film is everything I could’ve hoped for. Which only gave me more excitement over actually seeing the film.

I saw the movie today and I really enjoyed it. This is the first time we have gotten both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man combo down. The Raimi movies, at least two of them, are fine but even they had problems. As did the Marc Webb Amazing Spider-Man films. It was either they weren’t getting Peter right, or they weren’t getting Spider-Man right. Or they were fucking up something else entirely, which I feel the last one certainly did a lot of. I’m going to argue that all five of those previous movies are flawed in various ways. Homecoming is the closest to getting it all right.

For one, Peter actually talks while he’s in the suit, like, a lot. He talks to himself, a lot. Which is a very big deal. They constructed a way for Peter to always be talking while in the suit, thanks to the upgrades from Tony Stark. Now that I think about it, it’s actually pretty brilliant. It allows him to have more conversation as Spider-Man. That’s obviously important to his character, and this is admittedly something the Webb movies did a better job with. He barely talks in the Raimi movies and it’s a big problem.

Secondly, Peter is back in high school and seems like he’s staying there for the next few years. Which is awesome. We’ve never truly gotten to see Peter in high school, living day to day, while also being Spider-Man. It’s where he belongs right now. We get to see him counting the minutes until he can leave school and go do Spidey stuff. Peter’s ancy to get back to what he was doing in Civil War. He’s on the phone, always bugging Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) about when the next mission is. It’s cute. It’s something we haven’t seen before. Spider-Man being in the MCU with all of these other heroes opens up a whole new world for the filmmakers to play in.

Like, how Adrian Toomes comes into play. The character is different from how he is in the comics, but that doesn’t really matter all that much. He’s still ultimately a guy who gets screwed over and exacts revenge, sort of. That’s basically who he was in the comics if I’m not mistaken. Michael Keaton really does a terrific job in the role and, at times, is able to be really menacing. There are some twists with his character that I did not see coming. Some have been talked about, apparently, online. But I tried to avoid all of that. I was surprised by what I saw in the film.

The Vulture is definitely one of the MCU’s strongest villains. Simply because of his performance, not necessarily because of his powers/abilities or anything. Because he’s actually a pretty simple villain. He’s a “vulture.” So he flies and picks shit up with his feet. They had him firing off some alien tech from “the incident.” They made it work, which I was a little worried about beforehand. But it worked out just fine.

There’s actually a lot to talk about with this film. They didn’t retell the origin, or even hint at it. Which was actually great. This brings me to the supporting characters, like Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Jacob Batalon as Ned. Laura Harrier as Liz. Downey Jr. was Downey Jr., what more would you expect? I appreciated the more racially diverse cast around our main character. There’s not much more I can say about that. It’s absolutely necessary.

Zendaya is great in the movie. She had some – one in particular – pretty “woke” moments in the film. In order to talk about something that I really want to talk about, I’ll have to jump right into spoiler territory. Her name apparently is Michelle Jones, “MJ.” And even says at one point, my friends call me MJ. I’m lost. Is she supposed to be Mary-Jane Watson? So confused. Because why would you give her those initials? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Is she going to be a love interest? Because she seems to secretly have a thing for Peter. This will certainly be explored in other movies.

I also was expecting her to be Toomes’ daughter. It was a nice surprise to see that that wasn’t the case. I wasn’t expecting Liz to be his daughter. That threw me for a second. To be honest, I am a bit tired of this father-daughter twist in movies. Where the bad guy is the dad of the girl the protagonist is interested in. It’s a bit old. But it worked here.

I liked the action. Nothing that blew me away, but I liked what I saw. Emotionally, the scenes have more resonance. Not really a noteworthy scene that I feel like gushing about. I may have to watch the film again. But I really enjoyed the film.

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