SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING




***SPOILER ALERT***

Spiderman: Homecoming was certainly entertaining film and, as a superhero-flick, you get pretty much what you'd expect. Tom Holland was an awesome (not amazing--pun intended) spidey and it didn't hurt to have RDJ, Keaton, and Jon Favreau on board to further solidify the film's reality. I'd even go out on a limb to say that Tony Stark's relationship with Peter is my favorite aspect of the whole shebang; it really humanizes Stark, giving him a chance to prove he can care about someone other than himself and that he wouldn't make the world's worst father.

It's important to note that this is the third Spiderman franchise in my lifetime because Homecoming isn't distinctly different from its predecessors. The story is pretty similar to its other renditions, but this attempt at bringing Spiderman to the big screen has a noticeably fresher feel. It isn't Tom Holland's boyish charm that sets the film apart--in my opinion, both Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield were charming as well. Instead, it's the careful development of the story and the attention to its characters that make this film a bit unlike the others. Not only was this the first Spiderman to have the Avengers behind him, but it was the first Spiderman to omit Peter's origin story.

...which was actually sorta interesting considering we've seen Peter Parker get bitten by an OSCORP radioactive spider twice before and, keep in mind, Captain America: Civil War cameo-d a fully developed Spiderman. Homecoming is set after Cap't temporarily turned against the team; Iron Man already gave him his suit and he's already digested his abilities, so we're thrusted directly into the action.

In fact, the notion that Peter was bitten by a radioactive spider was only mentioned once and when it is, it's brushed aside quickly. Peter's friends and Keaton's character are given interesting qualities and complex dynamics, especially with the full-circle connection of Vulture to Liz, but if you haven't been previously acquainted Spiderman, the film may leave you a bit confused; it depends upon the audience to fill in the blanks, which isn't a super-fun game to play for those who aren't invested to begin with.

And those who were familiar miss one character in particular; Uncle Ben. The death of Peter's beloved uncle is important because it had a profound effect on Peter--it's a part of his identity and is a major motivation behind why he does what he does. The audience lost out on that. Peter doesn't suffer as much, the overall tone is much lighter, and we barely see Peter visibly injured or even bruised--cutting out the concern and worry that Aunt May is supposed to have. This time around, May is completely clueless and I just don't buy it.

I guess my only issue with Homecoming, aside from Manuel--a seemingly friendless, pointless bully--is that I just don't understand the films' absolute necessity. Marvel has shoved Spiderman down our throats too frequently and too desperately. It just felt like it was made to introduce another character to the Avengers squad--which in the end, Parker declined to join anyways--for now, at least.

I guess we'll see what Marvel has in store for the new, and not-much-improved Spidey, but for now, I'm signing off!

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