Spider-Man Comes Home

Spider-Man (Tom Holland) clings to the side of the Washington Monument

As a kid (and to this day), Spider-Man is my favourite superheroes. I won’t argue he’s the best (he isn’t) or that he’s the coolest (definitely not) but he’s the most human. There’s something so relatable about a young kid from Queens getting thrown into a big, bad world he doesn’t fully understand.

Because of that, I found myself watching every Spider-Man movie, and playing countless Spider-Man games (still have fond memories of playing Spider-Man 2 on my old PlayStation).

However, with age comes better discernment.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 1 and 2 were great movies that still hold up today, but looking at the third installment in that series is a let down. The Amazing Spider-Man reboot brought what I thought was a fantastic, more comic-like Spider-Man from Andrew Garfield, but overall the series was also a let down.

Homecoming is a step in the right direction. It places Spider-Man back in the Marvel universe, and back in the hands of a studio that has proven it knows how to make a good film. Homecoming isn’t perfect, but it is one of the best Spider-Man movies I have seen in years.

Spider-Man swings a thug off a ferry using his webbing

What Homecoming does right

Homecoming really nails a few aspects of Spider-Man that few other movies have even touched on. I love how Homecoming portrays Spidey as inexperienced. He messes up a lot throughout the movie. It shows Peter Parker is learning as he goes, and it makes for a compelling underdog theme as we cheer for Spider-Man, even as we know he’s might not do it.

It gives the audience an opportunity to really grow with the character.

Peter Parker was also done well. Tom Holland did a fantastic job making Peter a little dweeby, nerdy, immature, and awkward. It all comes together very well to create this relatable and lovable Peter Parker.

I also have to give kudos to the suit design. I’ve heard some complaints about how the suit was too much like Iron Man. Personally, I find the different take on the idea of Spidey Sense interesting, and a tad bit more believable. Honestly, we’ve seen so many iterations of Spider-Man now, I welcome the small changes as they add a sense of freshness to a familiar character.

What Homecoming ‘screws the pooch’ on

Peter’s friends are really the only big complaint I’ve got, and it’s not even that big of a deal. I’m just a little unhappy with the departure from the comics. Flash isn’t a fellow nerd that’s jealous of Peter’s internship. Flash is a hulking foot-ball player who’s dumb as a brick and beats on twerpy Peter Parker. That’s just who he is.

Again, it isn’t a big deal, but it did bug me a bit.

That, and it would have been nice to see Peter science it up a little more and design some aspects of the suit himself. It’s indicated that Peter designed the web formula, so why couldn’t he have designed the web variations on the web-shooters too? Kind of a let down that Tony Stark just hands him a suit with all the cool things built in and ready to go.

All in all, Homecoming is a good start. I think they put Spider-Man in a good place. They’ve got an interesting and relatable Peter Parker who is learning his place in the world. They’ve got a well established world for Spider-Man to fit into. And they’ve got, I think, one of the best Spider-Man films in a long time. I know I’m looking forward to what’s next for Spidey in the MCU.

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