A Few Thoughts About Spider-Man: Homecoming

My wife and I went to see Spider-Man: Homecoming Saturday morning and we loved it.  We even recorded a few comments on it (which was made available for the EOC Patrons).  We’re going to see it again soon, but for now, here are some other thoughts I have about the movie.

In case you didn’t know, there are spoilers below.

If you didn’t get the gist from Captain America: Civil War, this Spider-Man is all up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Right at the start of the movie where we’re dealing with fallout from the Battle of New York and the introduction of Adrian Toomes (and Damage Control!). I’m totally fine with this.

A slight digression: I am a big fan of the Andrew Garfield Peter Parker/Spider-Man. I acknowledge that his two movies weren’t the best, but I still enjoy them. That said, I wasn’t watching Homecoming with a scowl wishing that someone else wasn’t playing our hero. Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker/Spider-Man is amazing. And spectacular. And, dare I say, avenging.

So, like I said, if Captain America’s second sequel and the Chitauri tech didn’t give it away, the fact that there is quite a bit of Tony Stark and Iron Man here should remind you we’re now all one big happy. Speaking of Happy, it’s great to see him bounce back from his beating in Iron Man 3. I wonder if he enjoyed the series finale of Downton Abbey as much as I did?

Did you know the time between the first Avengers movie and Captain America: Civil War is eight years? I’m not sure how I feel about that, but that’s not really here nor there.

If you watched the trailers you might have a pretty good idea of the story beats and how they play out: Peter is desperate to join the major leagues, thinking, after hanging around the Avengers and fighting Captain America, he’s better than just someone who can patrol the neighborhood helping the little guy. Trust issues ensue and he has to prove himself. I guess you can shrug this movie off saying you’ve seen it if you’ve watched enough commercials about it, but this one is all about the journey.

Everyone is pretty solid. Michael Keaton as the Vulture is probably the best Spider-Man villain I’ve seen on the screen. (I liked Doctor Octopus. I liked how maniacal Norman Osborn was. I liked Lizard, maybe more than I should, but again, Garfield.) I absolutely believed Toomes could back up his threats. And I dug the jacket with the collar giving us that somewhat familiar look. There was some slight getting used to hearing and seeing some characters I know from Peter’s more mature years in the comicbooks as teenage classmates, but it all worked for me in this world. Marisa Tomei‘s Aunt May is great mother figure and they really wanted you to know she’s probably supposed to be older than she looks with the mom jeans and the high-waist trousers. She had the last line of the movie (pre-credits) and it was one of my favorites. Likely because I said it along with her. Flash is such a dick. So that’s pretty much perfect. Liz Allen was a nice switch as the love interest. Maybe something that wasn’t a nice switch was a needless name change for another character. Not that she didn’t do a great job, but that’s not really how the character acts in my mind. Which, I’ll admit, the way I think about some of these characters, the movie wouldn’t really be as exciting. Or good. (I realize I wrote there are spoilers here, but I don’t want to ruin this moment for you.)

Where I think I have the hardest time with the movie is the tech-heavy aspect of the suit. We know Peter Parker is a smart kid. He made his web fluid, made his web-shooters, did the best with what he had access to. I totally get once Tony Stark is involved things are going to level up. But I feel they leveled up a bit much. Even with his powers, with his smarts, Peter Parker was a regular guy with regular guy problems. And when he went out as Spider-Man, the most high-tech gadget he had (aside from that sweet, sweet flashlight belt. And maybe an argument can be made for the Spider-Mobile) was his tracker. In this movie, thanks to the suit he has high-end surveillance gear built-in letting him eavesdrop on conversations and see through van walls. Spider-Man isn’t Big Brother. BUT – and this is where I “get it” – in this day and age, with the technology available to us in the real world, let alone what Tony Stark can cook up, to make the character relatable or “in the now”, the tech makes sense.

Maybe I’m coming down a bit hard on the suit. I’ll own that.

Everything else, though? Everything else is a joy to behold. I am so glad this movie exists.

Now, since this movie was so heavy with the MCU connection, and based on how Peter and Tony’s last conversation went, I really hope the sequel is mostly just a Spider-Man movie and not a Marvel-Team Up movie. I’m not saying Spider-Man didn’t save the day on his own, but I’d like the focus to be on the star. I want people to look at him, not past him because Robert Downey, Jr. is in the shot.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is highly recommended. It checks off all the boxes if you’re a Spider-Man fan, a Happy Hogan fan, a Marvel Cinematic Universe completist, or if you can’t get enough Marisa Tomei.

The comicbook version of Spider-Man I reference throughout this article is the 616, pre-Parker Industries Spider-Man. I am aware that Spidey has plenty of tricks up his webbed sleeves these days.

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