Let me preface by saying that the new Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, Spider-man: Homecoming is the best version of our favourite ‘friendly neighbourhood’ since Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 2 in 2004. Right from the word go, this potential blockbuster keeps you glued to your seat as it organically amalgamates into the storyline of the MCU. This is also, and for the first time, a big screen Spider-man who is a perfect wisecracking and web-slinging teenager that we have known and loved in comic books.
So, without further adieu, here are five reasons why you must watch this film:
The best thing to have happened to this iteration of Spider-man is that he was introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016) which ensured that in his own story line, he has already been a superhero for a while. Which meant that we didn’t have to sit through another 40 minutes of ‘Uncle Ben’s’ motivational lectures – ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ or Peter Parker transforming from a loser to superhero. Of course, he has all the teenager issues lurking but he’s confident and smart in every other way.
When it comes to superhero movies, there are some actors who seem like they were born to play the character. For instance, can you imagine anyone else playing Iron Man other than Robert Downey Jr? Or another actor playing Wolverine instead of Hugh Jackman. Likewise, once you watch Spider-man: Homecoming, we are certain that you’ll feel, as strongly as we do, that Tom Holland was born to play Spider-man. For one he was a real teenager while shooting for this film, as Spider-man is supposed to be, unlike Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield (who previously played Spider-man on the big screen) who were in their late 20s and looked older. In addition to that, he has done a flawless job playing the third most iconic superhero of all time.
One criticism of MCU movies has always been that their focus on their hero and their villains are always, and we mean always, weak (with the exception of Loki). However, in Spider-man: Homecoming, that is not the case.
People did react strongly when it was first announced that the ‘Vulture’ was the villain chosen for this movie. Being a B or a C-list villain in Spider-man’s rogue’s gallery, it did seem like an odd choice. However, Oscar-nominated actor, Michael Keaton has done a near flawless job and brought the much-needed layers and gravitas to his performance.
Peter Parker is white but all his friends are not, which is pretty cool and unique for any movie, let alone one set in the MCU. It’s a small step towards actually having a diverse franchise, but it’s a step nonetheless. As a matter of fact, the racial diversity adds depth and realism to the movie, make it more grounded and intriguing.
Captain America: Civil War was loved by one and all, and yet a lot of people felt that Tony Stark/Iron Man’s presence in the movie did take away focus from the fact that it was a Captain America movie. A lot of them called it Avengers 2.5. While going into Spider-man: Homecoming too, this worry prevailed, especially since the marketing for this movie focused a lot on the fact that Tony Stark/Iron Man is in the movie. However, this is very much a Spider-man movie in every way and Tony doesn’t take away that focus, rather adds to it.
Overall, the school scenes are fun to watch and there are enough action scenes to keep you on the edge. The length of the film is 133 minutes and that’s just right. You are most likely to walk out with a big smile. So, what are you waiting for? book your tickets and watch one of the best standalone MCU films since Iron Man (2008).