Spider-Man swings into action to stop a thief who is
building weapons from stolen alien technology.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Directed by Jon Watts
Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover, Tony Revolori, Michael Chernus, Michael Mando, Gwyneth Paltrow
Spin-Off of 2016's Captain America: Civil War
Reboot of 2002's Spider-Man and 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
Ever since the joint custody deal with Sony and Marvel was announced, fans have eagerly awaited the third big-screen adaptation of everyone's favorite webhead. While we got a glimpse at the character's greater MCU potential in last year's Captain America: Civil War, it was his official first outing that would finally showcase how this longtime Marvel staple should be adapted to film faithfully. It's no surprise that Marvel Studios knocked it out of the park yet again, proving once and for all that they should be the only ones allowed to adapt their own characters to film. Not only does Spider-Man: Homecoming knock the socks off both the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb versions, but it introduces fans to the first truly relatable hero in the MCU.
Tom Holland plays young 15-year old Peter Parker, a high school sophomore who is secretly the masked hero Spider-Man. Holland is easily the best actor to play Spidey yet, effectively wiping the Maguire and Garfield versions off the map. He's funny, odd, and best of all relatable. He's just a kid trying to do the right thing, a vibe we never really got from the other Spider-Man films. Then, instead of doing the Green Goblin for the third time (Thank God), Marvel reached into Spidey's epic rogues gallery and gave us the first big-screen adaptation of the Vulture, played magnificently by Michael Keaton. The Vulture is a different sort of villain than we've seen in the past MCU films. He's a street thug trying to do right by his family. I think that's where the charm of Spider-Man really comes from. He's a kid from Queens fighting alongside gods and legends, and his villains are mostly just thieves trying to make a buck. He's the little guy in the big world, and he always has been since the 60's. This film shows that better than any before it.
With appearances from classic Spider-Man villains like the Shocker and the Tinkerer, as well as the future tease of Scorpion, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a dream come true for any longtime Spidey fan and marks the long-awaited return of Marvel's flagship character. Even if Sony still has a say in what happens to him and his associated characters, it will ultimately be Marvel who has any creative final say. That's really good news, because if the inevitable sequels are anything like this, Spidey fans are going to be happy for a very long time.