Spider-Man finally arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe last year with his memorable supporting role in Captain America: Civil War. The film introduced us to Tom Holland in the iconic role of Peter Parker, and the young actor has since received rave reviews. Spider-Man: Homecoming represents the new Spidey’s real introduction into the MCU, but it will also be the sixth time we’ve seen Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s most famous creation brought to life on the big screen. Spider-Man

Homecoming is the third reboot of the property in 15 years, so it’s facing some understandable skepticism. Can the MCU’s version of Spider-Man be the best of them all?

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Director Jon Watts is lucky as he can skip the origins story because by introducing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Civil War, Marvel Studios was able to hit the ground running with the character. There was no time to tell Spider-Man’s origin story in the middle of a Captain America movie, so we met a Peter Parker who was six months into his superhero career The director gives us a magnificent  film in which we see Peter’s first great challenge– in the form of the Vulture. The film in the words of Tony Stark: he’s just a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. That’s not to say the stakes aren’t high in Homecoming– the Vulture is clearly up to no good, and Peter has his hands full in defending both his classmates and his city from the flying menace. Homecoming is a fairly small-scale story, however, at least by the MCU’s lofty standards.

Jon Watts should be commended on giving us a film about Peter Parker’s first real adventure, and he’s still learning to be the hero he desperately wants to be. This means beating the big bad and looking out for the little guy. Helping an old lady find her way and dealing with petty bike theft may not be what superhero dreams are made of, but they’re exactly the kind of good deeds that make Spider-Man so beloved in his hometown.

Performance wise Tom Holland hits the ground running in that he has already made the iconic character his own, thanks to his appearance in Civil War, he’s off to a great start. His performance in the film proved he has all the charm, wit, and charisma needed to bring Spider-Man to life. Holland is great as the high school-Peter Parker and simply outstanding as the hero Spider Man. The actor also captures the endearing sense of humour of the character also. We get Spidey as the fun-loving joker we’ve all grown to love in his performance.

In the supporting cast we get Robert Downey Jr who is a terrific actor who has palpable chemistry with just about everyone he shares a scene with, and that’s certainly the case with Tom Holland. Tony Stark and Peter Parker formed a bond during the events of Civil War, and, in Homecoming, we see that relationship has continued. With Uncle Ben out of the picture, Tony Stark appears to have taken his place as Peter’s mentor, furnishing the young hero with a high-tech suit and the occasional piece of wisdom. Tony is utilized sparingly in the story, but when he does appear it’s memorable.

Michael Keaton The Vulture is the perfect choice for Homecoming’s villain. He’s one of Spidey’s most iconic adversaries. In the film Toomes is an ordinary man who takes advantage of scavenged alien technology to build his flight suit, which he uses to take the money and influence he believes he deserves. Keaton is an ideal choice for this version of the character, as he excels at playing relatable characters, but he’s equally adept at imbuing them with a dark side. A fine turn from this very accomplished actor as one of the best villains in a Marvel universe film since Alfred Molina as Dr Octopus from Spiderman 2.

Marisa Tomai is tremendous as Peter’s beloved Aunt May who is considerably younger and much more modern than other versions of the character who gives a great performance. Laura Harrier plays the beautiful love interest of Peter Parker very well. Jacob Batalon plays Peter’s best friend Ned . He is also great as Peter’s main confidant, and, Batalon is incredibly charming and likable in the role.  If anything, Ned seems overjoyed that his best friend is New York’s newest superhero, and he’ll probably play a supporting role in most of Peter’s adventures.

Spiderman Homecoming has got diversity right in this massive summer blockbuster and potential franchise. People of all ethnicities and creeds will be able to easily relate with characters on the big screen. Equal representation hasn’t always been a strong suit for Hollywood, but, to its credit, Marvel Studios has clearly started making an effort to prioritize diversity with Homecoming. Peter’s high school is filled with kids of all backgrounds, just as most modern schools are. His crush Liz is African-American, his best friend Ned is Hawaiian, and the school bully, Flash, is Guatemalan. The rest of the students who populate his school are similarly varied.It’s more important than ever to recognize the diversity that exists in the world, and the new Spider-Man film has taken this to heart.

Spiderman Homecoming is quite simply the best Spiderman film since Spiderman 2. Tom Holland is the definitive Spiderman who is given fine support from the excellent Robert Downey Jr , Michael Keaton as a great villain, Marisa Tomai as his sexy aunt and the gorgeous Laura Harrier is great. Spiderman Homecoming is the best super hero of the summer that delivers everything comic book fans want from this legendary hero. Spiderman Homecoming is a fabulous coming of age film.

The MCU’s universe has brought the iconic character back to being simply amazing and spectacular!


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