Reel Reviews: Spider-Man: Homecoming

By Josh Simpkins

When I heard of the Sony Email Hack back in 2014, I really wasn’t all that surprised—given the day and age we live in and the parlance of our time. The revelations that came about because of the hack wasn’t all that surprising either: Men are paid more than women, they want to do a MiB/Jump Street crossover, and George Clooney is a major Hollywood mover and shaker. What was very surprising, to me, was an interesting correspondence between Sony and Marvel Studios considering a partnership where Spider-Man was concerned. The partnership was deemed favorable and thanks to the powers that be inside both Marvel and Sony, Spider-Man swung into Captain America: Civil War. Not one to rest on their laurels, Sony and Marvel quickly put a new feature Spider-Man film into motion. I have had the pleasure of viewing Spider-Man: Homecoming—starring Tom Holland (The Lost City of Z), Michael Keaton (The Founder), Robert Downey Jr. (Captain America: Civil War), Marisa Tomei (Captain America: Civil War), and Jon Favreau (Term Life)—and it is amazing.

Spider-Man: Homecoming follows Peter Parker (Holland), a.k.a. Spider-Man, just a few months after he was recruited to team Iron Man and the events that transpired during Captain America: Civil War. After making his low-key international debut, and fighting alongside and against Avengers members, Peter is finding it difficult to go back to being a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Though Aunt May (Tomei) is loving and supportive, and Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is quite the aloof mentor, it’s Tony’s forehead of security Happy Hogan (Favreau) that is responsible for keeping Spider-Man from outgrowing his webs-hooters before it is time. Luckily for Peter, if you can call it luck, a crew of thugs with high-tech Chitauri powered weapons is on the scene offering some real crimefighting opportunities for Spider-Man.

Though the weapons are out of this world, it’s nothing Spider-Man can’t handle, that is until the leader of the crew Adrian Toomes (Keaton) swoops in with his vulture getup and takes Peter for a high-altitude death ride, which he barely survives. Feeling like nobody believes him about a crew lead by a flying vulture guy, Peter embarks on a quest to bring Toomes and his crew to justice. His first attempt goes very wrong and prompts a scolding visit from Tony Stark who takes Peter’s enhanced Spider-Man suit back for everyone’s safety. Distraught and without his super suit, Peter dons his old handmade suit and continues his quest for justice. Ambition alone will not stop the equally driven Toomes from his dastardly goal, so Peter will have to dig down deep into the core of who he is to find the mettle to stop the Vulture’s devious agenda.

Now I don’t wish to deal out too many spoilers, but I must say that the cast and crew of Spider-Man: Homecoming did a stupendous job on this epic Sci-Fi/Action-Adventure, and they all deserve major kudos. Tom Holland embodies the title character effortlessly, with a great regard and wit. I will say that writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (the writing team behind Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and Vacation) took a few liberties but stayed closer to the source material then Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci did in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a must see and a welcomed edition into the MCU. It’s a great summer movie that’s totally worth your time and hard-earned greenbacks. I say see it, see it twice even! Now, grab your friends and family and go have some fun at the movies!