“Spider-Man: Homecoming”-Review:

Months after Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), with help from his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), tries to balance his high school life with being Spider-Man. While learning how to become a hero, Spider-Man must deal with, Vulture (Michael Keaton), a emerging new threat. 

The Spider-Man franchises have gone through plenty of ups and downs. Through all that people have always wondered if and how Spidey would end up swinging into the MCU. Captain America: Civil War did a great job setting the table for what’s to come for Spider-Man in the MCU. Homecoming looks like the film that will take Spider-Mam back to his roots. Learning to weave through high school while being Spider-Man. With Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman being in the film, there’s a lot to be excited about. Will Spider-Man: Homecoming be the big hit everyone hopes?

In many ways Spider-Man: Homecoming is unlike any Spider-Man film you’ve seen before. There hasn’t been this much focus on the Peter Parker character in high school before. That element works very well. Director, Jon Watts did a great job with the high school story and the story of Spider-Man. At the heart of this movie is a story about finding yourself. 

Tom Holland is a great Spider-Man. He plays both Peter Parker and Spidey very well. You feel his inner struggle. He wants to save everyone from everything, and he lost the Peter Parker side of himself. He brought that sense of wonder that is important for the character. 

The best part of the movie by far is Michael Keaton as The Vulture. Finally, Marvel delivers a memorable villain. The character was flushed out, you felt sympathy for his situation, and he never felt like a villain. That’s the mark of a true bad guy. You can see everything from his point of view and feel like he’s not completely irrational. Keaton delivered a fantastic performance. He was menacing, and in some moments terrifying. He struck fear into Spider-Man at times.  

The action set pieces are special. From the Washington Monument, to the skies of New York. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the action in this movie. 

Seeing Downey Jr in a mentor role was surreal. It feels like no time has passed since the first Ironman where he was the center of attention. Now he’s passing it along to a new generation. Stark is the father figure to Peter and he really values Stark’s approval. That relationship was great to watch blossom. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the perfect mix of a Peter Parker high school story, to one of Spider-Man finding his way. The way those two stories intersected was what made this movie special. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. 

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