Spider-Man: Homecoming is not only the best Spider-Man movie I have ever seen, I think it might be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best films yet. It highlights everything that has always made Spider-Man one of Marvel’s greatest superheroes — the perfect combination of action and comedy.
While I don’t want to spoil anything, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t give a brief breakdown. So here we go. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a coming of age story that starts right were Captain America: Civil War finishes off. Now that the fight is over (for now), Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, is struggling to juggle his two identities. Luckily for him, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is there to guide him in the right direction. Only one problem. What do all teenagers have in common? They don’t listen. So… after sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, the web-slinger finds himself tangled up with his greatest adversary yet — The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. Cue the battle sequence.
From the moment I saw him in the suit, it was evident that Tom Holland was perfect for the role. With all due respect to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Holland did what neither could – portray both Peter Parker and Spider-Man in a way that felt effortless, almost as if Stan Lee created the character with him in mind. Much like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, Holland’s Spider-Man was epic. From his overall look, to the New York accent, everything felt on point. For the first time ever, a Peter Parker that’s actually relatable. Although, Holland wasn’t the only actor that delivered an amazing performance. Keaton’s Vulture will likely go down as one of the MCU’s greatest villains of all-time — I’m calling it now. The reason Keaton’s portrayal was so believable was similar to Tom Hiddleston’s Loki — even though he’s a villain, he’s also unbelievably compelling. This was easily one of Keaton’s greatest performances in years, but I could be biased.
As for the supporting cast, Marisa Tomei plays the role of May Parker, and to my surprise, she knocks it out of the park. I thought her being so much younger than Aunt May’s traditional age would bother me, being a Spidey comic fan and all, but it didn’t even phase me. If anything, I liked it even more. Also, before I forget, for all the naysayers that said Iron Man had too big of a role in the movie — you couldn’t be more wrong. I couldn’t have been happier with the way they used Tony Stark. Although, I do understand why some may want less. It’s a fair argument, but I think it they got it just about perfect
At the end of the day, I know we’ve all had enough Spider-Man reboots. I get it. When I heard a new reboot was being made, I almost lost my mind, but after seeing it I can say from the bottom of my heart, you will not be disappointed. The story is so incredibly fun and entertaining, it’s almost too good to believe. From this point on, Tom Holland will forever be known as Spider-Man and I couldn’t be happier about that. Bring on the sequel!