Spider-Man Homecoming is one of the freshest superhero films to come from Marvel in a long time. The formula was getting a bit old and so it’s with a sense of relief that we watch Peter Parker make his own path through this origin story that isn’t really an origin story.
Unlike Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s time in the webbed suit, we pick up with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker when he has already been Spider-Man for a while. Other than sparing the audience from another spider bite and another Uncle Ben dying it’s much more interesting to get straight into the character of Peter, a young kid absolutely desperate to prove himself as a big time superhero to his mentor, Tony Stark. It’s a much more appealing approach and luckily there’s not too much Iron Man. This is, after all, a Spider-Man film.
While I’ll take this over another dead uncle any day it does cause a bit of a thematic problem. At the core of Spider-Man, Peter Parker must learn that with great power comes great responsibility. But in this film there doesn’t seem to be much consequence to his actions. Cause a massive explosion - It’s fine the store owner and his cat are fine. Leave your best friend at a party - he’s not mad. In the interest of a spoiler free discussion I’ll leave it there but it’s a trend throughout the film. It doesn’t spoil the fun, excitement or enjoyment but it’s there nonetheless.
The biggest improvement in this incarnation of the franchise is Tom Holland himself. He plays the role of Peter Parker with such a level of excitement that it’s difficult to not get sucked into the film. As Spider-Man he brings the fun and the quips consistent with the comic books which were largely absent from Tobey Maguire’s time in the webbed suit. Andrew Garfield started to bring some of the comedy but it’s Tom Holland that really hits the nail on the head. But let's not get carried into a ‘Who is the best Spider-man’ debate (Tom. It’s Tom.)
Peter Parker feels like the teenager he is supposed to be, there’s a level of innocence with Holland’s performance that is endearing but at the same time completely relatable. Too many superheroes have a good grasp on the situation. I’ve found myself switching off at most of the action scenes in these films nowadays. It’s a kind of 'been there seen that' syndrome. We all know Iron Man is probably going to be able to handle himself (potentially future films notwithstanding.) We can all feel pretty comfortable that Captain America is going to be fine. The fact that Peter keeps on making mistakes and doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp of situations makes his actions much more interesting. While there may not be any consequences of these mistakes, the potential for danger is always there and that’s what is important.
Michael Keaton’s ‘Vulture’ is, in my humble opinion, the best Marvel villain to date. Apart from Keaton’s stellar acting the best thing about the character is that he is relatable. He’s not just some egomaniac wanting to destroy the world or fuse dimensions. He’s just a man, trying to make a better life for himself. There’s a moment in the film where he compares his actions to those of Tony Stark and it’s such an eye opening moment that it completely flips your perception of him.
Spider-Man Homecoming is one of the best superhero films in years, fun from start to finish and hopefully a sign of things to come from Marvel in the next few years. I eagerly await the sequel!
I loved Spider-Man Homecoming but what did you think? Would you liked to have seen Spider-Man's origin again? Do you think Vulture is one of the best Marvel villains? Let us know in the comments down below!
written by Bradley Allen