Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Teenage Superhero (aka Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man) Gets Re-boot

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) – Teenage Superhero Gets Re-boot

With the Marvel and DC Comic box office invasion, it’s inevitable some stories and characters will get re-boots or even solo films. One of the characters falling into the former category is the gangly teen, Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. 2017 saw his story receive a “homecoming” following his intro into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in ‘Civil War.’

The story remains primarily (in the basic sense) the same with some new faces. In the titular role steps Tom Holland as Peter Parker, a geeky high school student being raised by his aunt May (Marisa Tomei). Bored is synonymous with most teenagers, but Peter’s is of a different sort. Enthralled with his experience with the Avengers, Peter anxiously awaits news he’s again needed from his mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.). When news doesn’t come, Peter spends his free time preventing petty crimes in his neighborhood – all while masquerading during the day as a typical high school student.



Things become perilous when a new villain presents himself, and Tony must again mentor his young friend, helping him to success and possibly the fame he thinks he wants.

Upon first reading this character was being reintroduced, my first thought was, “Really?? We need another Spider-Man series?” In many ways I still feel this was an unnecessary move on Marvel’s part. That said, I will concede Holland’s Peter is funny and an entertaining addition to the already good ‘Civil War’ film. Though it’s now been quite some time since I watched this film, we’ll endeavor to look at some of the things I do vs. didn't like.

Though the overreaching idea of this story remains the same, there are core differences. One of which being the tagline that this Spider-Man is a “neighborhood friendly Spider-Man.” The writer’s play with the idea of keeping this incarnation of the iconic character as more of a small-town hero, fighting to save the little guys rather than the jet-setting pursuits of his mentors.

This opens doors to some lighthearted humor, which is a welcome change, especially considering how progressively dark the other Marvel films have become. The people surrounding Peter are also a welcome addition. His high school friends are hilarious, most notably Ned. Then there are the tricks and awkward misses he has with his aunt as he tries to keep his alter ego quiet. The excuses he has to sell keep the giggles coming; one of the most humorous moments involves him locked in a warehouse.

Bringing this colorful world to life are the characters and actors behind their personalities. It’s fun to see a “sassy” aunt May, which is exactly what Tomei’s character is. The banter between she and Stark is hilarious, but then, one of the best wins of this film is the “bonus scene” that gives fans answers to Tony’s personal life. Holland is quite good filling these big shoes, and for this particular “version” of Spidey, I think he does well. Also part of the impressive cast list is Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau and Zendaya. It’s her character I have most issue with. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I don’t like her character (she’s all sassy and dry wit), it’s more the “cop out” the writer’s turn her into that I didn’t love.

Despite any so-so reactions, ‘Homecoming’ is entertaining. Like any Marvel film does, Spider-Man keeps us invested with its ability to balance between the breath-catching and dangerous tension, and lighthearted humor. It’s certainly one that will wind up in my DVD tray again. With another ‘Avengers’ film in our near future, and a 2019 Spider-Man sequel, I suspect this isn’t the last we’ll see of Spider-Man.

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CONTENT: There is some typical profanity, an occasional innuendo, and action/adventure violence. The film is (appropriately) rated PG13.

Photos: Marvel 

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  1. My son absolutely loves this movie. He got braces put on last week, and the orthodontist let him bring a movie to watch during the procedure -- this is what he chose!

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    1. Fun way to pass the time!. I really enjoyed this one too, it's just not my favorite Marvel flick. Glad to know he likes this one. :)

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  2. My husband and I agree that this was the best of the Spider-Man movies! There were so many laugh-out-loud moments, and I loved that Tony Stark made a few appearances (and Happy). Tom Holland really seemed to fit the role, and I loved his appearance in Civil War.

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  3. My son loved it, too! He's just too young to have seen any of the others, lol.

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    1. Happy and Tony were two of the best things about this film. Loved them both making an appearance, and I'll confess, no matter how much I ship he and Pepper, I did giggle over his flirting with May. :D

      So glad your family enjoyed this one, Lindsi. I thought it was very entertaining, certainly a nice break from what I'm SURE is to come in 'Infinity War.'

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