Spiderman: Homecoming

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spiderman-vulture.0Spiderman: Homecoming is a fun filled romp that returns my favorite wall crawler, and hero, Spiderman to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film takes place a few months after Captain America: Civil War, and follows the adventurers/misadventures of high school sophomore Peter Parker a.k.a. Spiderman as he tries to convince Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man that he is ready to be an Avenger.  Tony just wants Spiderman to focus on being the “Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman”, but Peter Parker has his eyes set much higher, and instead of focusing on local hoodlums in Queens, he wants to deal with major villains, which will earn him a spot on the Avengers.  During one of his nighttime outings fighting crime, Spiderman discovers that a group of criminals are cannibalizing and utilizing alien tech that was salvaged from the Battle of New York, which took place in the original Avengers movie.  Despite being warned by Stark not to bother with these higher level crooks, Spiderman ignores his advice and tracks the criminals, all while trying to balance, the stress and challenges of high school, friends and family.  Parker soon discovers that being a hero is more than just having a cool suit and superpowers.

Spiderman is an exciting film that truly captures the wise cracking, high school antics of the young Peter Parker who is a nerd by day and crime fighting hero by night.  Despite the fact that Tom Holland is the third Spiderman, I have to say that he embodies the true spirit of Spiderman.  I am not taking anything away from Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield because they also owned their Spiderman roles, but this Peter Parker is a little more lively, fun and not as depressed as the others. Kids should love this new Spiderman, and they should love him even more now that he is a part of the MCU.  Speaking of the MCU, you will get a lot of references to previous films, and some cameos, which make the film even more fun.  The villain in the film, The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, is a blue collar family man who caught a bad break, and now will do anything to keep his family and close associates taken care of.  You may not like his methods, but you definitely can relate to his motivations and view on the world. The Vulture was my least favorite Spiderman villain in the comics, but they do a good job of fleshing him out and making him a person who is not evil, but just took the wrong path when trying to right a wrong.  So… Where does Spiderman: Homecoming rank in the slew of Spiderman films in my view? Right up there with the best of them. If I were to rank all of the Spiderman films, this is how I see it… Spiderman II, Spiderman: Homecoming, Spiderman, The Amazing Spiderman, The Amazing Spiderman 2 & Spiderman 3.

Grade: B+

PS!- There are two end credit scenes! LOL!!


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