Over the past sixteen years we have had our fair share of Spider-Man interpretations. From Sam Rami’s trilogy featuring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man to the recently rebooted duology from Marc Webb featuring Andrew Garfield. Regardless of the quality in each film, they never seem to fully understand the character, that is until Homecoming came along.
Set after the events of Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) must tackle the day-to-day challenges of being an average high-schooler while also being a superhero. Things take a turn for the worst as Vulture (Michael Keaton) shows up to test Peter in ways he never thought possible. While Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) support Peter over the course of the film. Both are used greatly without over-staying their welcome. Especially when it comes to Tony Stark, acting as a smart-ass, Yoda-type mentor to Peter.
With Holland in the suit, the previous iterations of Spider-Man-while good-feel lesser in comparison. Holland fully embraces the character, and both he and the films five writers along with director Jon Watts understand the character. Both in the suit and out Peter comes across as a typical kid that you would encounter in any classroom. The writers even understand the importance of Peter’s witty-yet cringe-inducing-jokes. A few jokes may fall flat for some, but for the duration of its runtime the majority of jokes hit their mark.
Homecoming tackles the duality of Peter in ways that haven’t really been seen before. For every action-packed scene featuring The Vulture, there’s one that shows off Peter’s down-to-earth nature. Speaking of The Vulture, Michael Keaton’s take on the character works in way’s I never thought possible. Without going into too much detail, the reasoning behind, and motivation of the crimes he commits feel justified. Instead of being just a cookie-cutter villain like most of Marvel’s villains (Loki aside), The Vulture has more depth than most. Just like Homecoming’s duality of Peter and Spider-Man; Vulture is just the same.
Succeeding as both a reboot for Spider-Man and a continuation of the MCU; Homecoming may be one of, if not the best Spider-Man movie to date.