Spider-Man: Homecoming is The Best Spider-Man Yet

Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen as the web-slinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his first big screen adventure.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.  Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers wrote the screenplay

Following his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Holland) returns to the big screen for a new adventure.  For years, there was talk of Larry David playing the Vulture if Sam Raimi had been allowed to make a fourth Spider-Man movie.  I don’t know how that film would have looked but Michael Keaton does a fine job as Adrian Toomes.

Back from Germany where the Avengers battled each other, Parker is home in Queens where he lives with Aunt May (Tomei) and under the close watch of Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Favreau).  Stark wants Peter to just be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man but Parker is ambitious and wants more than that.  Unfortunately, Peter’s ambition gets him into trouble and almost gets people killed.

The writers and filmmakers were smart to not depict Parker being bit by a radioactive spider in this version, which offers a fresh new take and a much different tone from the previous films.  Since we’ve already seen the origin story twice, a third incarnation was not necessary and gives us more time for story development.  We more or less got a new origin story in Captain America: Civil War.  Instead, the film starts off with Vulture’s origin story as Toomes is heading up a salvage crew at Avengers Tower before an organization, Damage Control, takes over.  He’s not happy but with all the tech they still have, Toomes and his crew decide to profit for themselves.

“Putting Spider-Man in the MCU is the best thing in the world for me as a storyteller,” says Jon Watts. “Not only did they take care of the origin story and heavy lifting in Captain America: Civil War – which they did so economically and beautifully – we also didn’t have to spend any time explaining why this 16-year-old kid would come up with the idea of becoming a superhero.  He’s grown up in the MCU; when Peter Parker was eight years old, he saw Tony Stark say ‘I am Iron Man’ on TV. So the idea of this being a world where superheroes exist means that we don’t have to spend any time addressing any of these issues. We just get right into the fun of it.”

Columbia Pictures opens Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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