“I’m nothing without the suit!”
-Peter Parker to Tony Stark, Spider-Man: Homecoming
I really need to do the reviews for the other MCU titles…since it bothers me when I have Dr. Strange and Spider-Man, but not the others even though I’ve watched most of them (well, not all yet, I’m sorry). Anyways, I finally watched something after months without watching anything serious, and I do believe that Spider-Man: Homecoming is not an entry to the MCU that is all that serious, but that’s where the charm lies.
Spider-Man: Homecoming basically picks up where Captain America: Civil War leaves off; after Peter Parker is seemingly part of the Avengers (somehow, to a certain extent, that is), he has to become a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man; giving directions to people, apprehending thieves and such. Despite fulfilling his sense of justice, Peter can’t help but feel that he can do more than those normal stuff. Eventually, however, with the equipment obtained during the Avengers’ battle with Loki in the first Avengers movie, Adrian Toomes will start a criminal scheme that fulfills Peter’s wish, and Peter is more than happy to stop this major criminal without Stark’s knowledge.
The movie starts off fun, where we are presented with Peter’s vlogs, including moments before his iconic entrance in Captain America: Civil War. Afterwards, his abilities as the comical web-slinger are showcased, and we are introduced to his normal school-life with his best friend and his high-school crush. Everything that should be shown in the life of a high-school boy is shown, and those elements are crucial to the Spider-Man entries, since, they greatly contribute to the uniqueness of the movie: dealing with common problems faced by everyday society.
Regrettably, the day-to-day occurrences are not highlighted that much, resulting in the other characters being shallow and seemingly underdeveloped. Speaking of characters being underdeveloped, the villains in this movie, mainly the Vulture, possesses a realistic aim in performing his evil deeds, but that highly-potential background is not explored deeply enough; it is there, but it can be way, way more. The reference to Shocker is nice, although I hoped for a more solid persona, not a generic thug with advanced equipment.
Those are the only elements that I think could’ve been improved in MCU’s latest entry, and they are necessary for a complete storytelling experience, namely in a Spider-Man movie. Spider-Man kind of loses his identity as an independent hero in this one, and he seems to be more like a teenager aiming to amuse Tony Stark; I do not blame Marvel for taking Spider-Man to this direction seeing how MCU is developing, and Infinity War is just about a year away, but I do believe that the very essence of Spider-Man could have been retained in the movie’s duration with a bit of modification to the story.
Iron Man’s appearance here and there does not bother me, since that is the way it is supposed to be. Peter is a greenhorn to the adults’ superhero industry, and mentoring is needed given how little time the franchise has for the next huge entry to the universe. So the thing is, MCU’s Peter Parker is great, but for me, this Spider-Man feels less “Spider-Man-ish”. Uncle Ben’s not even mentioned, Parker aims to get the approval from his billionaire mentor a bit too much, losing his identity in the process, but after the end of the movie, I believe Parker has grown, and that is a good thing. I also feel that Spider-Man is too technological reliant on this entry, but since that issue is addressed in the movie later on, it’s cool 😀
I like the movie, but it’s a bit of a shame that it abandons a direction that makes Spider-Man Spider-Man. It’s a wonderful, entertaining entry to the MCU, especially with the fresh, lighter theme, but not a great entry towards the Spider-Man franchise.
Oh, and don’t get me started on the after-credits.
Rating from me: 3.5/5