Is Spider-Man: Homecoming the best MCU movie ? [Review]
When you hear the orchestrated version of the classic ‘Spider-Man’ theme song from the 60’s cartoon series played over the ‘Marvel Studios’ logo at the start, you know you’re in for a ride with ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’- the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This movie is definitely a celebration as we finally get to see the Spider-Man that we’ve all grown up with, from the pages of Marvel comics. The jokes, the questions, the uncertainties, the risks and the victory – it’s all here! Talk about establishing the flagship character right into your movieverse – the folks at Marvel Studios have nailed it, finally.
Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker/ Spider-Man is perfect and is a delight to watch. He plays the part so convincingly that I really can’t think of anybody else being Spider-Man for a while. You really feel his joy every time he dons the famous red & blue costume and leaps from buildings. You also feel his pain, when he stumbles and makes mistakes. The best part is ‘Homecoming’ does not dwell on Spidey’s backstory (yes, no spider-bite, no Uncle Ben). Instead, the focus of the movie is entirely on Peter dealing with growing pains while trying his best at being the ‘friendly neighborhood’ superhero. And of course, trying his best to impress his mentor- Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man.
Joining Peter on his adventures is his best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon. The scenes involving them are hilarious and are clearly some of the best parts of the movie. (They also collect Star Wars action figures & can be seen building a Lego Death Star!).
Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture is just mind blowing! The range he brings to his character as a businessman, as a protective family man, and the menacing Vulture is something else. His character is one of the most realistic villains seen in the recent superhero films. With no plans for global domination or replacing governments as his agenda, the Vulture is only out to make his living and will go to any extent to get his way done, including battling a certain Spider-Man. Having played Batman and Birdman in the past, this is the third time that Keaton plays a winged character on the screen. Now how many actors have done that?
While Marisa Tomei’s portrayal of Aunt May has very little screen time; her scenes with Peter have so much of heart and are done so well.
The scenes featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark are the ones that bring the loudest cheers in the cinema halls. The relationship between Tony Stark & Peter Parker is well explored and Iron Man’s presence does not take away the focus from Spider-Man. From desperately trying to impress Iron Man, we get to see Peter Parker’s fall & rise in becoming his own hero. He proves that he is Spider-Man, even without the suit given to him by Stark.
The action scenes are surprisingly not as big as any of the previous MCU movies but are very effective and just right. The action sequence on a ferry seems like a throwback to the train sequence from ‘Spider-Man 2’ complete with Spider-Man webbing and holding together the sinking ship a la Tobey Maguire’s Spidey stopping the running train with his webbing.
Another scene which featured Spidey summoning all his strength to lift fallen debris from his back is a beautiful tribute to the comics.
‘Homecoming’ is clearly one of the best ‘Spider-Man’ movies since the fantastic ‘Spider-Man 2’ in 2004. Great job by John Watts and Marvel Studios in firmly making ‘Spider-Man’ a vital part of the MCU.
Spidey’s Home and is here to stay!
P.S: There are 2 post credit scenes, so wait until the end. Do not miss the second credit scene at the very end. You won’t be disappointed!
Manoj Sreekumar is an independent musician who is part of Duality- an Acoustic Rock Band, based in Chennai. Besides creating Music, he’s an avid collector of comics and action figures.