Spider-Man Swings to the Silver Screen!
Spider-Man Homecoming marks the third iteration of Spider-Man in the past fifteen years. Most remember Tobey Maguire’s defining take on the role, followed by Andrew Garfield’s lackluster iteration. Now audiences are treated to the up and coming Tom Holland in the titular role. Grossing nearly $500 million in its first two weeks, Spiderman Homecoming has certainly gotten audiences into the theaters, but the verdict is still out on whether this film will turn viewers into hard core Spidey believers.
Like the other versions, Spiderman Homecoming revolves around Peter Parker, yet this time around, the action follows our hero’s desire for belonging with his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) peers, The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark plays a sort of father figure for Spider-Man as the titular character tries to balance his desire for saving the world with his teenage responsibilities, like high school.
After a brief stint with the Avengers, Parker desperately wishes to join their ranks, but is denied full time entry by a fatherly Stark. The rejection sends Parker on a quest to fight crime on his own until he encounters two men selling advanced weapons on behalf of the film’s main antagonist, Adrian Toomes. Parker nearly dies during the encounter, but is saved by Stark. The rest of the film follows Parker and his best friend Ned trying to stop Toomes from gaining access to enhanced weaponry from the Tony Stark led U.S Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C) and Parker’s journey to grow into the Spider-Man we all know and love.
Director Jon Watts creates a big budget MCU film, while also retaining the inherent innocence and intimacy that has defined Spiderman for generations. Fans will appreciate the references to familiar characters, like Michelle Jones nickname, “MJ”, as well as be delighted with new takes on characters such as the young Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover’s appearance in the film. As of now, the films holds a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critics are praising the film’s fresh remixed take on the world’s favorite webslinger.
Along with Holland, the film stars Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, and Donald Glover.