Toby What’s-his-face and Andrew Forget-about-him can be erased from your pop culture memory. There is one true Spider-Man and his name is Tom Holland. Jon Watts, with help from Marvel Studios, brings the best on-screen presentation of the character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This film gets so many elements of the character right while making one of the better villains in the MCU. The film gets so much right in fact that it’s hard to think of anything they got wrong.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is another successful entry for Marvel Studios
Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is with his construction crew trying to clean up after the events of Avengers. His contract is deemed invalid as a new, specialized crew funded by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) steps in. In desperation, he turns to his team to start making specialized weapons under the radar of the heroes until he inadvertently crosses paths with Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Seeing Peter Park in the moments before his arrival in Civil War via his phone and the video he made is a great introduction to the character in this film. The heart that Holland brings to Peter Parker works in every scene. His sidekick by accident Ned (Jacob Batalon) have great chemistry and really makes Parker seem like a high schooler. Not spending too much time in this review on this topic, but the high school student casting is great. They are multicultural and all very talented actors with Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson and Zendaya as Michelle. They all perform extremely well even though the movie moves through scenes quite rapidly.
One of the crazy things about the film is the amount of content they cram into the just over two hour movie. The pacing is quick, but every scene feels pretty important and the movement flows easily. There was concern due to the number of trailers that there would be nothing left to see, but that definitely wasn’t the case. Even the scene of Spider-Man fighting the guys wearing Avenger’s masks still contained content not seen in the trailers. It’s in this scene that Peter even gets to literally save the cat and reminds us that he is the local friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
There is a lot that could be said about this film. It’s got some great action scenes, it’s funny, there’s heart, and there is plenty of Spider-Man. Going into detail about this film would only spoil it for the readers so go check it out for yourself. If you’re of the mindset that Holland is #notyourSpiderMan then get ready to be proven wrong. Spider-Man: Homecoming earns the Must See rating.