A True Homecoming for Spidey! Spider-Man: Homecoming hit the screens last week and considering how the franchise has been taken for a ride in the last few years, this latest entrant in the MCU had a lot resting on its shoulders. We look at if it was able to sling all the way to the hearts of Spiderman fans or was it squashed like some of the previous attempts.
What we like! 1/9 Best in a decade….
First things first, Homecoming is one of the best efforts on the franchise since Spider-Man 2. While Sony put everything out in the third edition and later in the Amazing Spider-Man series, both were mediocre to say the least. Homecoming on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air and makes honest effort in telling the story of our favourite friendly neighbourhood superhero.
The story is a fresh twist on a younger Spidey and also looks at Peter Parker and his whole struggles between fighting crime and school.
2/9 Holland all the way
Right from his brief appearance in Civil War, Tom Holland looked cut out for the role. For the first time in the franchise, Peter Parker seems closer to his age and feels the part. Not to say that Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield were bad, Holland fits the bill well and much closer to how Peter is portrayed in the comics. Moreover, this Peter Parker seems more relatable to today’s teen.
Holland’s best moments come in the film when he’s seen interacting with RDJ, it’s almost like a father-son relationship, with Peter ready to do anything to impress Stark to appoint him as an Avenger.
3/9 It’s more than just Spider-Man
Unlike the other movies, the supporting characters are well highlighted in the film. Right from his love interest Liz, his chemistry with Ned, a geeky MJ to a ‘’sexy” Aunt May. The various interactions between these interesting characters make it a fun watch. The flavour of high school is just right and compliments the action well.
4/9 Much needed MCU integration
We are almost glad that the Amazing Spider-Man series bombed, cause if it wouldn’t have been so we might not have seen Spider-Man enter the MCU, and to be honest, the MCU integration is much needed and welcomed with open arms. Now not only do we see the web slinger involved in the larger scheme of things but also the fact that it opens up multiple fan boy moments Marvel fans want to see.
One of them of course being the relationship between Stark and Peter. What’s even better is that the makers haven’t been over reliant on RDJ and have used him for the right moment for both comic relief and mentoring Peter. The movie takes multiple cues from the comic version of Civil War to showcase importance of Tony Stark in Peter Parker’s life.
Finally, the integration of the movie into the current timeline is as the movie starts from post-Civil War, which makes it fit right in and speculate how things could move in the future.
5/9 No Origins
Nerd in school, goes to lab, gets bit by radioactive spider, gets super powers, bye bye Uncle Ben……. You know the drill! One of the most satisfying things about Homecoming is that it wastes no time in retelling the origin story of Peter Parker whatsoever. While the movie subtly hints at what happened. Which means that there is plenty they could do in the movies to come.
With rumours flying that Tobey Maguire is being considered to be cast as Uncle Ben, one can only expect more interesting stuff.
6/9 The Big Bad is Bad Enough
While Marvel has a reputation for not having the most gripping villains, Michael Keaton proves you wrong with his version of the Vulture. Some of the plot twists in the film involving him will make you go WTF. Also the awesome suit design and the sleek action scenes compliment Keaton’s portrayal of Victor Tombs.
7/9 A Web of comic relief
Spider-Man Homecoming leaves you with a smile in your face for most of the movie, as it is a lighter take on the story and there are plenty of puns and Easter eggs to enjoy. It is almost comparable to other MCU movies especially the Iron Man franchise for it standards of comedy. Moreover, the last post credit scene will leave you angry and laughing at the same time so make sure to check it out.
8/9 What we didn’t like
While there is not much to complain, the absence of spider sense is something that might disappoint the traditionalists. While only a technical feature, we can be quite sure that it will come up sometime in the future editions considering this is one of the wall crawler’s early adventures.
9/9 Final Verdict
To conclude, Homecoming does justice to all the hype built over the year around itself and is a much needed shot in the arm for good old Spidey. Watch it for great action and visual effects, good ensemble cast, slick comic scenes and of course for the comeback of Spider-Man.
Avijit Sahay is a part time Assassin, full time procrastinator. Avijit is into football, pop culture and everything geek. He has worked with one of the biggest and award winning public relations and communications agency for over two years where he worked with some of the major personal technology brands in the country.When not day dreaming, He can now be found pursuing an MBA degree.