Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixth live-action movie, and the third attempt made at perfecting the character in the past 15 years. Spider-Man is like the Cleveland Browns of movie properties (I am just now realizing how many of you might not understand that reference…sorry). It isn’t easy to get excited about something that will probably just be scrapped and retried within the next 5 years. Spidey’s presence in Captain America: Civil War went over pretty well so let’s see what Marvel can do with a film dedicated to the wall-crawler.

The Story:

When high school student Peter Parker, Tom Holland (“Billy Elliot: The Musical”), is bitten by a radioactive spider…wait, that’s not what Spider-Man: Homecoming is about? Marvel isn’t forcing us to sit through another Spider-Man origin story? Well, this is certainly a pleasant surprise. Let me start over.

After his inclusion in the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker wants to be an Avenger, but Tony Stark doesn’t think he’s ready. Luckily (or unluckily) for Peter, someone is making and selling weapons made from alien tech left behind in the aftermath of the first Avengers film. Is Spider-Man enough to stop Adrian Toomes, Michael Keaton (Batman), or will he need the Avengers’ help to save the day?

The Good:

No spider bite. No death of Uncle Ben. No “with great power comes great responsibility.” No being Spider-Man and Peter Parker is too hard and complicated. It’s almost hard to believe this is a Spider-Man film. The whole film is funny and exciting and doesn’t get overly dark or political enough to ruin the ride. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone called Tom Holland “the best Spider-Man ever” and while I completely agree, I don’t think Toby McGuire was much competition. Too bad advertisements cling to quotes like that because the supporting cast was equally as fantastic and you wouldn’t know that if you don’t read reviews (I realize I’m saying that in a review but you get my point). Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon steal every scene they’re in. If they can continue to cast villains as good as Keaton, I am super excited to see more Spider-Man movies. Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever said that.

The Bad:

Since I started writing for The Brazen Bull, I’ve gotten much worse about picking out little things I don’t like in a movie. Did Vulture really do all of this because he lost one salvage contract? This version of Flash Thompson seems much more likely to be the victim of bulling as opposed to the bully. Why doesn’t a weapon that can cut a ferry in half not get the full attention of the Avengers? But, as a fan, I try to ignore all of that if I enjoy a movie. My only real problem with Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t even with the film itself. My problem is actually with the MCU. Yes, I love that the movies intersect and crossover and overlap, but you can have too much of a good thing. Until Captain America: Civil War, each character’s solo films were actually solo films, with the exception of credit scenes tying things together. This doesn’t feel like a solo film. From Tony Stark’s involvement to Captain America’s PSA videos (which I absolutely loved), it’s drenched in Avengers. But that is the problem. It wasn’t a Spider-Man movie, it was an episode of the Avengers. Feeling too episodic takes away from the gravity of the events unfolding. If the threat was that serious, it would have been an ensemble film. Now I feel like I have to tune in next time to see if anything “important” happens. I also HATED how Ironman they made Spidey’s suit, but I guess forcing him to have to try to save the day in a red hoodie and welder’s goggles

Yes, I love that the movies intersect and cross over and overlap, but you can have too much of a good thing. Until Captain America: Civil War, each character’s solo films were actually solo films, with the exception of credit scenes tying things together. This doesn’t feel like a solo film. From Tony Stark’s involvement to Captain America’s PSA videos (which I absolutely loved), it’s drenched in Avengers. But that is the problem. It wasn’t a Spider-Man movie, it was an episode of the Avengers. Feeling too episodic takes away from the gravity of the events unfolding. If the threat was that serious, it would have been an ensemble film. Now I feel like I have to tune in next time to see if anything “important” happens. I also HATED how Ironman they made Spidey’s suit, but I guess forcing him to have to try to save the day in a red hoodie and welder’s goggles make up for that.

8
Score
Spider-Man: Homecoming
The Bottom Line
When you think "Summer Blockbuster" this is what should come to mind. The Best Spider-Man and Top 5 MCU film. Well done Marvel.
Yes!
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon (the perfect guy in the chair), Zendaya
Fun, Funny, and Exciting. What's not to like?
No...
Feels to much like an TV episode. Thanks MCU.