Film Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is an excellent reboot of the franchise that's full of fun, colourful characters, and exciting scenarios, with stellar performances from Tom Holland and Michael Keaton. A few months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is eager to go on a mission with The Avengers again. His mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) doesn't think he's ready for that yet and insists he stick to small scale, local crime fighting. When dangerous, highly advanced weapons start making their way to the streets, Peter sees an opportunity to prove himself - but is he up to the challenge? And, more importantly, can he balance his life as Spider-Man with his high-school troubles as well? Tom Holland already proved his mettle as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and now, in his first feature-length outing, he shows he's well on his way to being the best incarnation of the superhero yet. He's already the best teen Spider-Man. There's an earnest, kid-like quality to him that simply wasn't there with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield - who were excellent Spider-Men in their own right, but never did fully come across as high-schoolers. Peter's enthusiasm in Homecoming is matched only by his lack of experience. He's itching for action but it's clear that he's got a long way to go and much of the movie is about him learning, growing and settling into the whole superhero thing. That and his age clearly distinguish him from the much older, more seasoned Marvel heroes like Iron Man and Captain America. Speaking of said Iron Man, many people were worried that this movie would end up being 'Iron Man 4 feat. Spider-Man' given how much we saw of Tony Stark in the trailers, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Tony's role is pivotal in a few ways, but it's decively small. He's in it the movie just long enough to properly build up his mentor/mentee relationship with Peter without ever stealing his spotlight. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a movie about the little guy through and through, and that kind of scaling down gives the Marvel Cinematic Universe some much needed downtime in between the sprawling, ensemble epics like Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
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