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Spider-Man | Homecoming
Tom Holland is perfect as Spider-Man. Perfect. Marvel directors seem to have unerring instincts in casting and their choice for Spider-Man (who debuted in Captain America: Civil War – a film creatively revisited in this one) in Tom Holland is spot-on. This is a very fun film and does a massive amount of world building while telling a compelling Spider-Man story, too. The filmmakers based their take on the high school movies of John Hughes, and they do a great job generating that vibe.
Spider-Man | Homecoming is absolutely jam-packed with delightful easter eggs… Bruce Banner’s picture on a classroom wall display of famous scientists, the principal of Peter’s school is the grandson of a solider who fought with Captain America in World War II, Captain America’s educational videos, the Sokovia Accords, Donald Glover (soon to explode as Lando Calrissian is on hand), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is on screen, and Jennifer Connelly – the wife of Paul Bettany who provides the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. and is the Vision – is the voice of Peter’s suit, which he names Karen. There are many more and, somehow, they do not overwhelm the movie.
Spider-Man | Homecoming also features one of the best Marvel villains in Michael Keaton’s Vulture. Fun, breezy and suitably Marvel, this is the second best of all Spider-Man movies (it does trail Spider-Man 2 by a pretty wide margin). It is also the most multi-cultural of all the Marvel movies (prior to Black Panther) and that casting serves it very well. There are a series of great set pieces here and the interplay between Spider-Man and Iron Man is fun to watch. It is so pervasive, however, that it does lead one to question whether Spider-Man will be able to carry his own movie.
Oh, and the twist ending is very, very well handled.
When Spider-Man | Homecoming opened, I gave it FOUR AND A HALF (because Holland is just SO good) FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOODS out of a possible FIVE.
- Adrian Toomes, The Vulture
- Damage Control
- MJ (Mary Jane, perhaps?)
- The Shocker (two, in fact!)
- Aaron Davis (the Prowler)
- Miles Morales is referenced… he will become a Spider-Man, too!
- Phineas Mason, The Thinker
CONNECTION(S) TO ENDGAME:
- For a movie that almost immediately precedes Infinity War, there are surprisingly few lead ins to the movie, however…
- The so-called Iron Spider armor is introduced at the end of the film when Peter turns down Avengers membership. He accepts it in Infinity War.
- Tony Stark’s relationship with Pepper Potts seems very much back on after the “break” the two were on in Civil War… and we certainly know more given that they are engaged in Infinity War.
- The new Avengers upstate New York headquarters features prominently in the last act. We will be seeing more of it in ENDGAME.