Spider-Man: Homecoming was a highly anticipated film. Following Peter Parker’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, his first solo outing was a big deal to many fans. Homecoming was perfect, and a true introduction to who of Spider-Man was and how he would fit into this new universe. With a truly threatening foe and a fantastic performance from Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the best Spider-Man solo films yet.
One of the biggest gripes with the characters was the reliance on Tony Stark and the strong attachment Peter Parker had to Iron Man. This felt valid and like the MCU was downplaying the character. Yet, Homecoming‘s strongest aspect is flipping that belief on its head and giving us the Spider-Man we’ve all known and loved. Everything Peter had given to him is taken away, but this doesn’t stop him from taking on the Vulture. He gets up and does what he knows he has to do and doesn’t let not having the Stark suit stop him. It’s Peter’s determination and willingness to help others that make him such a great character in this film.
The most essential piece of Peter Parker’s character is his ability to pick himself up and get right back to work. The scene where Peter is caught in the rubble of a building, dropped on him by the Vulture, feels so integral to his development because we see that he is Spider-Man first and Peter Parker second.
Michael Keaton helps elevate the film, with his portrayal of Adrian Toomes. The film is able to clearly define what drives Adrian Toomes and why he does what he does, making the audience feel sympathy for the character. They kick it up a notch when Toomes is revealed to be Liz Allen’s father. Not only is Keaton great, but the film creatively brings the weird bird-man into the modern-day with an absolutely stunning flight suit. The design is so much more sinister than his comic counterpart and works well in contrast with Spider-Man.
The film doesn’t feel too crowded either when it features side-villains like Shocker and Tinkerer, who play perfectly into Toomes’ story and aid him in all the right ways. This film could’ve easily been another Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and featured way too many villains who just took up space and time from the main plot and didn’t feel fully developed.
The best part about Spider-Man: Homecoming is just how fresh it really feels. When they started this new era, the hardest job they would’ve had was setting it apart from the previous two franchises. The film is able to perfectly execute this and forge a definitive path forward for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.