Why ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is the Web-Slinging Sensation We Needed

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“This is my chance to prove myself.”

Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming ahead.

Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does whatever a Spider can! Seriously, this is my favorite Spider-Man movie to date. I had the pleasure of seeing “Spider-Man: Homecoming” June 28th and it’s time to talk about this.

This film follows Spider-Man around 10 months after he got his powers. It’s been a few months since “Captain America: Civil War” and Peter is eager for another mission. However, Peter Parker shows audiences that he’s got some growing up to do. The plot quickly unravels itself as a coming-of-age story—he’s not perfect and he has to prove himself. Unlike the quick learning Spider-Men in Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Peter needs to develop his heroics.

Characters in Spider-Man: Homecoming

What’s everybody looking at…?

“Homecoming” is the Spidey movie we wanted. Tom Holland isn’t Andrew Garfield or Tobey Maguire—he’s what they should’ve been. While Maguire is a great Peter Parker and Garfield is a good web head, Holland combines the two like Oreo’s and vanilla ice cream. His blend of the web slinger’s childish wit and Peter Parker’s scientific intellect is like a gift from God. This is by far the best on-screen Spider-Man yet. And the greatest part? Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man is NOT making this movie Iron Man 4. He appears at the perfect moments to put Peter in check.

As for Vulture, wow. Michael Keaton played a fantastic Batman, but he also portrays a great villain. Adrian Toomes (Vulture) usually has a goofy look, but this modern update made him an on-screen menace. Keaton was sinister like the Vulture should be. He was ready to kill Peter and his loved ones, and this is what you want from Vulture. The maniacal, cunning and seemingly unstoppable Vulture is what you need for Peter at this stage in his life.

“Keaton’s Vulture would destroy Peter Parker’s life so he could continue his villainous antics.” 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” gives Peter some peeps. He’s got a hilarious and diehard best friend in the form of Ned (Jacob Balton), Spidey’s “babysitter” Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), a cute crush Liz Allen (Laura Harrier), an even cuter Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), bully Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori), and “Michelle,” (Zendaya). That’s a big cast for a Spider-Man film, but it’s about time! Spider-Man is usually all on his own, and it’s good to see some support on his end. Not to mention the fantastic diversity in the casting. Besides Aunt May and Happy, these characters are all actors of color. That makes this Blerd (black+nerd) happy.

Final Thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming

The suit rocks!

While I would’ve appreciated more action-filled scenes and Uncle Ben flashbacks and mentions, Spider-Man: Homecoming was a movie that focused on both Peter’s life and development, as well as getting to know what a hero is. Combine that with the MCU’s formula for humor mixed with action and driving character development, and you’ve got the web slinging sensation we needed.

8.5/10

Catch Spider-Man: Homecoming showing in theaters July 7.