Movie Review: “Spider-man: Homecoming”

I have been looking forward to this movie for quite some time. Spider-man is a great character to add to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was hoping for a great Spider-man movie that would not disappoint me in any way. I grew up reading Spider-man comic books, so I am something of a “purist”, for lack of a better word. I want to see an iconic comic book scene come to life on screen. And this movie delivered, for the most part.

As a comic book movie first, we are introduced to the villain of the story, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton). He and his crew are clearing the wreckage of the Avengers building , before the are ultimately fired by the head honcho of Damage Control, Anne Hoag (Tyne Daly). Adrian tries appealing to her compassion, saying that he and his men need the job because they have families to provide for. But, she will not budge on her decision.

Next, the story starts out with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) looking at video footage he shot  during his recruitment by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) just before the events in “Captain America: Civil War”.  Peter is so excited by what has happened that he keeps contacting Tony Stark’s right-hand man, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), for information on when his next mission will be.

During this time, he is still going to school, building a Lego Death Star with his friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), and fawning after his dream girl and fellow classmate, Liz (Laura Harrier). All 3 are part of an upcoming academic decathlon, along with feminist social outcast, Michelle (Zendaya), and Peter’s high school tormentor, Flash (Tony Revolori). Another upcoming event for Peter is also the homecoming dance at school. What could possibly go wrong for Peter? Oh yeah, Adrian Toomes.

After Adrian and his crew get their jobs terminated, he decides to use some of their scrapped items that they retrieved (which contains alien/unknown technology) to make, use, and sell powerful weapons for profit. Adrian even has made himself a flying suit and has become the villainous Vulture. Peter, still in his rookie stages as friendly neighborhood Spider-man, decides to try stopping him.

But, can he stop this villain and keep up his good grades AND attend the academic decathlon AND go the homecoming dance AND keep his secret of being Spider-man safe, especially from his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)?

This movie was such a fun ride. Tom Holland makes a great Peter Parker. A lot of the intense scenes were made more intense just by his facial expressions sometimes. Normally, I would have complained that they changed too much of the Vulture’s appearance. But, he was never one of my favorite villains, so I’m somewhat happy with the changes that they made with that.

There were many homages to the classic comic book storylines. If you were familiar with the mythos, then Amazing Spider-man #40 came to mind (but to elaborate on that would be to release a major spoiler to the plot of the film). Also, there is a scene where Spider-man is trapped under heavy debris and is unable to move. I think they lifted this scene from Amazing Spider-man #33 where Doctor Octopus does the exact same thing.

I would love to see one of my favorite villains show up in a future installment: Mysterio! With his powers and the current technology of the movies, I’m surprised they have not utilized his yet.

The movie ended on a funny note. And the scene after the credits sets up an exciting premise for what will happen next. I will look forward to see what this (potential) franchise will have to offer.

My Rating: A-

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