Spider-Man: Homecoming

spiderman homecomingA reboot of sorts, but in a different way is one of the things that makes Spider-Man: Homecoming fun, fresh and entertaining. By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the basic story of how Spider-Man became Spider-Man. This film does a deft job of acknowledging that history but only for a moment before it continues on and defines its own origin.

The clock is reset and Peter Parker is back in 10th grade. He’s already been bitten by the spider, he’s in touch with Tony Stark and he’s hoping to become a full-time Avenger. Enter real life as a teenager still in school, his worried aunt May, and the social networks you’d expect for a sophomore. Ideally, his life doesn’t quite fit the Avenger lifestyle. To complicate things, there’s a bad guy named Vulture in the area harvesting alien technology following the fallout from the first Avengers film and the attack on New York.

Marvel’s done a great job bringing Spidey back into the MCU and it feels good to see him in the right hands once again. This latest installment is easily my favorite since the second film that featured Tobey McGuire facing Doc Oc. Tom Holland is skillfully filling Peter Parker’s shoes and he’s doing a great job in them as he fits the character really naturally. Holland has a lot of the physicality down as well given his extensive background and training.

The rest of the film is well cast with Michael Keaton as the villainous Vulture (one of my favorite Spider-Man villains as a kid). This is the third comic book character Keaton has played that’s winged-based and he’s been part of both the Marvel and DC comic book universes. Keaton brings his famous intensity to the part and watching him gets especially fun and menacing when he comes face-to-face with Holland’s Parker.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, are featured along with Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori. A strong lineup across the board and fun to watch.

reviewed by Sean McKnight