Spider-man: Homecoming, created by Sony in partnership with Marvel Cinematic Studios, based off of characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review


The Battle of New York has left alien technology and incredible decimation in its wake.  A local salvage company owned by Adrian Toomes is hard at working cleaning up the devastation when the Department of Damage Control (DODC) comes in to take over the project.  Toomes, angry at the Stark/US Government partnership swooping in to take his business contract, convinces his staff to smuggle out all the alien technology that they have thus far found.  His plan? Use the pieces to create and sell advanced weapons.

Eight years later Peter Parker is drafted into the Avengers as Spider-Man…the alter-ego he has been fighting crime as in New York City since a radioactive spider bit him granting him a variety of powers.  With his upgraded suit, courtesy of Tony Stark and the Iron Man technology, he is psyched to fight with the group.  But when he is grounded during a dispute in Berlin, an internal Avengers issue, Parker returns to school and home until he is deemed ready to truly join the Avengers.

As Peter grapples with the fact that his life is constantly changing between the new powers, school, crime-fighting, keeping his alias a secret from even his closest friends…and, of course, a crush on the smartest girl in school…. things are about to get really crazy for Peter Parker.  Suddenly academic decathlon and finals don’t seem like the worst thing in the world.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: created by Sony in partnership with Marvel Cinematic Studios, based off of characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 133 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for mild violence and gore, mild profanity, very mild use of alcohol, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Rent/Buy), iTunes (Rent/Buy), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Gweneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batlon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downing Jr.

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

BY FAR THE BEST VERSION OF SPIDER-MAN THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO DATE.  Of course, these reviews are my personal opinion and mine alone.  So, feel free to disagree.  Just know you’re wrong. And there will be a whole day of Spider-man reviews later this month… so you might see your favorite there.

From the fact that Peter is a teenager when everything goes down to the incredible “uncle/nephew” dynamic that we get with Stark and Peter…it just feels the closest to the snarky and sarcastic kid from the comics that I remembered reading from my dad’s collection as a kid.

I love that he is having all the struggles that normal teens have. But add in superpowers it makes things a bit more complicated.  I love when Ned figures everything out.  Its good for Peter to have someone he can share things with.

The casting and writing are great. The performances were simply perfect in my mind.  They all did an excellent job balancing the awkward teenager stuff with the fact that most of them are supposed to be a bit to smart for their own good.

Honestly, I love watching the new Spider-man films.  They are a joy.  And Tom Holland being unable to keep his mouth shut about spoilers just makes it even better.  You know Peter would have told EVERYONE if it didn’t put Aunt May in danger.  Its nice to find an actor that has the energy that Peter Parker had in the comics.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

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