It’s fluffy, predictable, maybe a little uneven at parts too. But Spider-Man: Homecoming is still the light-hearted, winning reboot it sets out to be.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Synopsis
After his brief involvement in Berlin, Peter Parker sees himself as the newest Avenger and is ready for more missions. However, Tony Stark tells him to keep a low profile and even stops contacting him altogether. Disappointed but not dispirited, Peter tries to prove himself by investigating a ground of men collecting and reselling alien artifacts, in the process also discovering the many functions of the super-suit he received from Stark. Unfortunately, things soon go very wrong for the teenage superhero. After a major screw-up, Stark punishes the teen by taking back the super-suit Peter has come to rely heavily on.
As thrilling as the cameo in Civil War was, I worried about Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Tom Holland’s perky portrayal held a lot of promise, but this is still the third Spider-Man reboot in fifteen years. While that time frame might sound to be a long time, doesn’t it just feels like yesterday when Sally Field so worriedly asked Andrew Garfield, Peter, what’s going on?
And then there’s the whole Uncle Ben and power is responsibility and oh-so-sweet MJ next door origin story. Despite promises not to, would the reboot be putting us through all that again in some other way?
Well, the producers kept their word about slashing the origin story. It was literally hacked to just one second, a matter-of-fact declaration dropped with such handsome confidence you can do no more except buy it. At the same time, Spidey’s well-known school life has also been tweaked. For example, Flash is still an arse but hardly the violent bully he was in the previous two series. These changes inject a freshness, making the tale different enough to be interesting again. In comics-speak, watching this reboot is almost like watching an alternate Earth version of the Spider-Man story. It makes you forget that there was an older Spidey movie merely three years ago.
As for actions and effect, most are of the standards viewer would expect from the studio now synonymous with super-powered bashes, the exceptions being two battles which were way too dark and choppy. All in all, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a cheery, pleasing entry that slickly and entertainingly formalises Spider-Man’s entry into the MCU. Its other winning aspect is that it triumphs where The Mummy so recently failed. You wouldn’t find those Avengers moments disruptive. Trust me, you’d be in stitches every time Captain America appears.
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