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Spider-Man: Homecoming, It’s The Best Spidey Movie To Date

Directed by John Watts and starring Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe rollout that started with Iron Man nearly a decade ago.

It has been months since Peter Parker was whisked away from his humble life in Queens by Tony Stark under the guise of an internship at Stark Enterprises in Captain America: Civil War at the start of the movie’s arc.  With a high-tech Spidey suit as a parting gift, and Happy Hogan (Jon Favearu) acting as a reluctant attache on occasion, Peter Parker is doing his best to learn how to become a superhero and constantly daydreams of becoming an Avenger.

As Tony Stark departs from Peter, he advises him to take babysteps before sprinting headlong into the life and death circumstances that surround the job of being a superhero. For the next five or six months, Parker tries to settle into being a high school student and friendly neighborhood Spider-Man while checking in with Hogan. But danger is closer than he could possibly imagine.  

Marvel Studio head Kevin Fiege has made sure that the continuity throughout all the Marvel movies remains the same. So, what is true for one film is true throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

A background scene gives us insight as a team of regular Joe’s salvages alien technology at ground zero of the Chitauri invasion of Earth in the aftermath of the valiant, successful defense put up by the Avengers in the first Avengers movie.   

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Adrian Toomes (the Vulture) and his salvaging company are on the scene near Grand Central Station breaking down the remnants of alien weaponry when a representative of a newly formed government agency steps in to advise them to cease and desist their activities. When asked on whose authority, a bureaucrat in a white suit informs him of her authority in conjunction with her connection to Stark Enterprises.

Toomes, feeling squeezed out of a lucrative contract that he had mortgaged his home to acquire proper licensing for, decides that he and his crew can still make a life for their loved ones after his impassioned request for the government to reconsider pushing out the “little guy” in favor of big corporate interests go unheeded.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, we find a refreshingly light film, even by Marvel Studios standards, that bring us back down to Earth with this character. It’s childlike without being childish. There are no aliens, no cosmic demi-gods and no mad scientists with plans to rule the world.  In Spider-Man’s first standalone introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we see several delightful nuances that separate this film from all other movie renditions of the character.  

We witness a Peter Parker, who is clumsily trying to figure out the extent of his powers throughout most of the film, which is contrary to other Spidey origin movies in which Parker seems to master his abilities within the first half-hour of the movie. Another new wrinkle was this Spidey’s suit was not simply a leotard, but a piece of technology reminiscent of Stark’s own Iron Man armor.  

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Official “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Movie New Trailer & Clips 2017 | Subscribe http://abo.yt/kc | Tom Holland Movie #Trailer | Release: 7 Jul 2017 | More https://KinoCheck.de/film/pjo/spider-man-homecoming-2017 A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Vulture, played by Keaton, isn’t the maniacal scientist he was once depicted in the comic books as being, but rather a family man who will do whatever it takes to maintain a certain level of comfort for his family, played by actresses Garcelle Beauvais and Laura Harrier. His ambitions are small relative to supervillains and other MCU antagonists who wish to destroy or rule the universe, but that’s what makes him so much more relateable. 

What would you do to ensure that your family is fed, clothed and housed? Well, take that and multiply it by twelve and you’ll probably come close to what Adrian Toomes is going through. Keaton did a good job not making his Vulture a cartoonish freak. Most of the best villains remind us of ourselves in some small way when faced with adversity. Keaton’s Vulture does just that.

In Toomes’ crew, we also find the makings of Spidey’s classic rouges gallery from yesteryear that feature the Vulture, Scorpion, the Shocker and the Tinkerer. The “Easter Eggs” are scattered throughout the entire film. In the interests of being spoiler-free, I’ll let you discover them on your own.

Spider-Man: Homecoming does something that very few other comic book movies are able to accomplish; it captures the classic feel of the old classic Spider-Man comic books from volume one (#1-#100) while updating all of the ancillary characters and circumstances for the modern palate.  

For example, Flash Thompson is depicted as a typical football jock in the comic book, but this Flash, played by Tony Revolori, isn’t a physical bully but an obnoxious class rival who is jealous of the relative ease with which Parker navigates school work. Michelle, played by Zendaya, doesn’t hook up with Peter Parker at the end. There are no long stares or breathless sighs between the two. They’re still kids who barely know each other. Though she doesn’t have a ton of screen time, Zendaya is hilarious.

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In Spider-Man: Homecoming, the love interest that captures Parker’s heart is Liz (Laurie Harrier), a senior on the Academic Decathlon Team that he believes he has no shot at.

However, as the the old folks used to say, “Ain’t nothing to it but to do it…” Pete finally gets up the nerve to ask and finds himself on the date of his dreams while a nightmare looms that could envelope the entire city in chaos.

Unlike the last two Spider-Man films directed by Marc Webb, there is nothing forced about this rendition. From the script, to the fight choreography and its connections to the greater MCU are flawlessly done. This is a movie about a 15-year-old who has superpowers, who acts exactly like one would expect a young teen with superpowers to act. His voice doesn’t change when he puts on the suit, nor does it inexplicably add 100 pounds of muscle to his frame. He is a teen throughout the movie and behaves accordingly.

I have to give a super shoutout to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Amy Pascal the film being one of the most naturally diverse and well-cast films in the MCU.  The characters, from Peter’s friend Ned (Josh Batalon) to his love interest Liz (Laurie Harrier), to Bookem Woodbine, Hannibal Burres, and many others, reflect the type of people we would actually see living in Queens rather than a Hollywood depiction of what they “might” look like.   

Just on the many beautiful hues of the faces of the thespians in the film, even those with minor roles, I’d say the cast appears as if they’d be at home on a 8:00am weekday 7 train to Flushing.  It’s not diversity for diversity’s sake, but diversity for the sake of realism.

Spider-Man is the single most popular Marvel character for a very good reason; we can all relate to him.  In the comic books, and in other Spidey film adaptions, Peter Parker jokes and quips his way through many situations that ultimately leave him battered and bruised, but not broken.  

Yet, despite the pain, Parker eventually overcomes in the end.  That has always been true of Spidey in all of his incarnations, and Homecoming doesn’t miss on the opportunity to explore that portion of his journey, and why that painful journey is often necessary for the hero in us all to reach his or her potential.

Hysterically funny, down to earth and very loyal to the material that spawned it, Spider-Man: Homecoming is that rare superhero movie that’s good enough to keep the entire family entertained. Sometimes its a little formulaic, and other times a tiny bit predictable, especially the big reveal, but this is the best cinematic adaption of Spider-Man I’ve ever seen, hands down.

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