Movie Review - Spider-Man: Homecoming

MegaSoulhero Spider-Man: Homecoming is the newest Spider-Man film and the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I didn't get to see this movie on the day it came out since I was in Hawaii. But I finally got to see it! And now I get to talk about it!

Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. This takes place after the events of Civil War. Peter of course is a high school student and tries to focus on being a normal high school teen while also fighting crime. Tony Stark, while acting as mentor towards Peter, doesn't have much faith in him. So Peter wants to prove to Tony that he is capable of so much more. And he ends up coming across a villain known as Birdman, I mean Batman, I mean Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. First things first, this movie is NOT as good as Spider-Man 1 and 2. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, this movie was still enjoyable. It definitely has flaws though. When I watched the second trailer, it looked like they showed too much of the movie. And I was totally right! Most of the movie was already shown in the trailers! I'm not saying there weren't any surprises left in the film. There were actually moments that made me genuinely surprised! There was this one big twist that happens later in the film and I honestly didn't see it coming! However, I feel like I already saw each action scene that was shown in the movie.

Once again, Tom Holland gives an outstanding performance as Peter Parker! He was one of my favorite things about Civil War! He is the perfect Spider-Man! I thought Peter's friend Ned was a pretty good character. He finds out about Peter being Spider-Man and he manages to help out in certain situations. So he ends up being a very useful character. As for Vulture, casting Michael Keaton as the villain was pure genius! When you look at him, you can easily see the evil in his eyes! He definitely made Vulture the most memorable Marvel villain since Loki! My biggest fear was that Tony Stark was gonna be included too much in the movie to the point where it would seem like it was all about him, but he actually the right amount of screen time he deserves! The scenes that take place in high school are probably my favorite scenes because they remind us that Peter isn't just a superhero who fights crime everyday. He's also a kid who deals with normal everyday life. Which makes him more relatable. We actually care about Peter and we feel bad for the things he has to go through. And not just because he's a superhero.

Despite these positives, I also felt slightly disappointed with certain things. There were certain moments that were shown in the trailers that I felt like shouldn't have been shown in the trailer. Like Spider-Man trying to hold the ship together as it's splitting. That was such an awesome scene, but we already saw that in the trailer! As I mentioned earlier, there is a pretty big twist in the movie. And as unpredictable as it was, it was extremely cliché! It's been done countless times and I'm really getting sick of it! The character of Michelle, played by Zendaya, was shown a lot in advertising the film, but she only has like 10 minutes of screen time and doesn't do much other than acting creepy. I absolutely hate the change they made to Flash Thompson! They changed him from a jock who loves to bully people to an annoying geek who is also a jerk! There are moments when you clearly tell that Spider-Man is CG at certain times. I know they kind of have to do that, but it doesn't look that good. That's just a nitpick though. I also felt like the stakes weren't very high. During the action sequences, it never felt like there was any real danger. Even the villain of the film never put anyone's life in danger. The only person who actually puts people's lives in danger was Spider-Man himself. For example, the boat splitting apart. That was pretty much his own fault.

Something that I really loved about the first two Spider-Man movies were the action and the emotion. This movie does have that but it's not as impactful. One of my biggest complaints in Marvel movies is the humor. I'll admit, this is the funniest non-Guardians Marvel movie. That doesn't mean that every single joke hit it's mark. There were a ton that I laughed very hard at and some that I shook my head at. Also, there's probably an explanation to this, but why doesn't Peter have a Spidey sense in this movie? When he's on the ceiling of his room, shouldn't he have detected that Ned was in there? There are a ton of changes made in this film that are different from the previous movies. Some people may like them and some people may not. I'm honestly glad this isn't another origin story. I've read other reviews saying that this is the best Spider-Man movie. Which I respectfully disagree with. Spider-Man 2 is one of my favorite comic book movies of all time. It's gonna be hard to top that.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good film, but it's also overrated. There are some pretty great things in it, but there wasn't anything that blew me away. It's better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 though. The movie definitely has flaws, but it is still an enjoyable MCU film and one that you should definitely check out. Be sure to stick around after the credits. The second post credits scene is quite possibly the most important post credits scene you will ever see in a Marvel film!

Score: 7/10

Also, Aunt May is hot!


You realize the Zendaya character is Mary Jane, right? - TristGamer

Technically, she's not Mary Jane. She says people call her MJ but the MJ stands for Michelle Jones. So she is MJ but she's not the MJ that we're used to. - MegaSoulhero

I personally think it is 10/10
But I prefer
Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004) - iliekpiez