Verdict: 4 / 5
Peter Parker was always meant to be a teenager, though in previous films he was portrayed as an older superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming brings a new flavour while staying true to the spirit of the character, making our hero deal with not only evil villains but also everyday problems such as bullies, the difficult job of making (and keeping) friends, and liking someone from a higher social class than yourself. To this end, Tom Holland is a great pick. Spiderman as a millennial makes perfect sense. It’s tough to be a superhero, but even harder to be a kid.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the more lighthearted entries of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spidey’s quick retorts have been a staple of the books for decades. This is made clear by the inclusion of Tony Stark and his faithful sidekick Happy Hogan. Fast and witty dialogue becomes the through-line of the film even during fight scenes, with supporting characters responding just as quickly.
Michelle (Zendaya) is downright sarcastic and a welcome relief from the tension, while Ned (Jacob Batalon) is the nerdy best friend that’s incredibly intelligent in some ways but a complete dunce in others. Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) is portrayed as much younger than any of the previous Spiderman films but creates an interesting balance of being the maternal figure while wanting to be considered a friend instead of a mother. As is the fashion of many Spiderman villains, Adrian Toomes starts off as a rather ordinary person, maybe even an underdog. Over the course of the film, Michael Keaton’s quiet intimidation starts to show, making The Vulture a strong and believable character.
There’s very little within Spider-Man: Homecoming that can be faulted. It’s an entertaining watch with a great story that links directly with the other Marvel films. Many of the secondary characters in this film will become fan favourites.