Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming
When you're tired of waiting..
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) isn't exactly adjusting back to his high school life very well after being called upon by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) in Civil War. Parker attempts to prove he's ready to fight alongside the Avengers by trying to help people around New York. He ends up encountering a man named Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) who makes a living selling alien weapons to criminals and this provides Peter with his biggest solo threat since.
It feels good to have Spider-Man back in the MCU. His cameo was perfect in Civil War and his first solo outing was good as well. While Tobey will always hold a dear spot in my heart, I think Holland is the best Spiderman we've had. He captures that naivety and humor Peter has perfectly.
Homecoming finds a good balance between Peter's school life and his new life of fighting crime. Vulture was a good villain. He felt fleshed out and the film even took the time to give us a quick look at the next film's villain in the from of Scorpion (Michael Mando) They also were careful not to overuse Tony. Like I figured, nearly all of his scenes in the film were in the trailers so he probably had less than 10 minutes of screen time total. The only time it felt forced was when Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) came in. I don't know if it's because Paltrow is so insufferable or if it was because Tony was so much more interesting when they were on their "break" but that was the only time I didn't like the Iron Man cameo.
I liked the cast of teenagers they had here. Jacob Batalon as Peter's BFF Ned was the standout. My man Abraham Attah was even there for a bit (Still annoyed about his lack of Oscar nom for Beasts of No Nation) I liked Zendaya's new character of Michelle, but I think calling her "MJ" at the end was the wrong move. Let her be Peter Parker's "Rachel Dawes" so to speak. MJ is supposed to be this beautiful, popular party girl. Zendaya being a beautiful, popular party girl herself would've been great at that too, but nothing about Michelle is very MJ like. I'm sure they thought it would be a nice nod for comic fans, but it came off more eye-rolling than anything. Especially when Michelle was cool on her own.
Aside from that, the only issue with the film I really had was how long it felt. It's very rare that I feel that way during Marvel movies, but it's a fun time at the movies and I look forward to more Spidey in the MCU.
Memorable Quote: "I was....looking at porn." - Ned (Jacob Batalon)