Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man Homecoming poster.jpg
Genre: Superhero
Photography: Color
Running Time: 133 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein
John Francis Daley
Jon Watts
Christopher Ford
Chris McKenna
Erik Sommers
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Releasing
Starring: Tom Holland
Michael Keaton
Jon Favreau
Zendaya
Donald Glover
Tyne Daly
Marisa Tomei
Robert Downey Jr.
Next film: Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the second Spider-Man film reboot and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Plot

Following the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his salvage company were contracted to clean up the city, but their operation was quickly taken over by Tony Stark's newly founded U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged at being driven out of business by the very people who nearly destroyed the city in the first place, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they already scavenged and use it to create and sell weapons. For the next few years, Toome's old company became a black market weapons dealer, selling dangerous hi-tech weapons built by Toome's friend Phineas Mason a.k.a. "The Tinkerer" using the salvaged Chitaury devices. Tinkerer also built a flying suit for Toomes which he uses to steal stuff salvaged from D.O.D.C. to use for their weapons, all while staying away from the Avenger's radar. Toomes himself adopted the moniker "The Vulture" due to his flying armor and because of how he scavenges technology just like how a real vulture scavenges for food.

When the Avengers were facing an internal dispute Tony Stark recruited the teenager Peter Parker, who had just become a superhero calling himself "Spider-Man" to join his side of the Avengers conflict and fight against Captain America. For the mission, Tony built a new hi-tech Spider-Man costume for Peter to use. After the mission ended Peter was allowed to keep his Spider-Man suit under the condition that he keeps a low profile as Stark feels he's too young and unexperienced to be an Avenger. 

Peter resumed his studies at Midtown School of Science and Technology, quitting many school clubs including the academic decathlon team to spend more time focusing on his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man; saying that he had an internship at Stark Industries as his alibi. For the next few months, Peter continued being the Spider-Man but was limited to only doing smaller hero jobs like stopping a bike thief or helping an old woman get home, leading Spider-Man to become popular around Queens. Parker quickly became frustrated that Iron Man isn't calling him for more Avengers missions and continuously pesters Happy Hogan with text messages and phone calls.

One night Peter notices a group of thugs robbing an ATM and gets excited because stopping a bank robbery was a much better job than what he usually does. He quickly overpowers the thugs until they bring out strange super dangerous weapons that blow up the bank and a nearby restaurant. Parker then returns to his apartment by crawling through the window and the roof into his room unaware that his friend Ned Leeds was there witnessing everything. Peter is forced to tell Ned that he indeed is the Spider-Man and beg him to keep the secret as well. Ned asks Peter if he can be his "mission control assistant".

Ned, wanting to stop being the class geek, accidentally says that Peter knows Spider-Man and promises that Spider-Man will appear at Liz's party, whom Peter has a crush on. The night of the party Peter intends to appear as Spider-Man until he notices a strange explosion and decides to investigate. Parker comes across Toomes' associates Jackson Brice and Herman Schultz selling weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis similar to the ones the thugs from a few days ago used to rob the ATM.

Spider-Man tries to capture the gang before the Vulture appears and throws him into a lake to drown before being rescued by Stark, who is monitoring the Spider-Man suit at all times with a tracking device. Peter asks Tony to investigate further into those weapon dealers, Tony agrees but warns Peter to stay away from that case. Peter decides to ignore that warning thinking that if he captures the Vulture he'll prove that he's ready to be an Avenger.

Back at Toomes' gang's hideout, Brice is scolded for repeatedly doing public stunts when dealing weapons as it already called Spider-Man's attention and if he keeps it up it'll get the Avengers investigating them. Not wanting to take any chances, Toomes fires Brice and accidentally kills him with one of their weapons so he decides to make Schultz the new Shocker. Toomes vows to kill Spider-Man before he causes any more problems for them.

Parker and Ned study a weapon left behind by Brice, removing its power core. When a tracking device on Schultz leads to Maryland, Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. The night before the decathlon Ned and Parker disable the tracker Stark implanted in the Spider-Man suit, and unlock its advanced features. Parker tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a D.O.D.C. truck using the suit's full capabilities including his very own AI assistant "Karen", but is overpowered by the Vulture and trapped inside the truck, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. While stuck at the D.O.D.C. warehouse Karen indicates that the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade that will explode if it is exposed to radiation. Parker panics because Ned is literally carrying a bomb in his backpack and the decathlon team is scheduled to visit the Washington Monument; the X-Rays from security system there will trigger the bomb.

Spider-Man races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes and traps Ned and their friends in an elevator. Evading local authorities, Spider-Man saves his friends, including his fellow classmate and crush Liz. Spider-Man is declared a national hero for his brave actions, Tony is impressed by Spider-Man and assures him that the Vulture will be captured soon.

Returning to New York City, Parker persuades Davis to reveal Toomes' whereabouts and learns that they'll be aboard the Staten Island Ferry. Peter intends to ambush the gang, when he does he captures The Vulture's new buyer Mac Gargan and gets a quick glimpse of Toomes before he puts on the Vulture armor. Spider-Man and Vulture have a brief fight that results in the Vulture's malfunctioning weapon cutting ferry in half. Vulture and Shocker escape while Spider-Man desperately tries to keep the boat afloat before Iron Man appears and saves the passengers. Back at the shore, a very disappointed Tony scolds Peter for ignoring his warnings and confiscates his suit due to his irresponsible recklessness and over-reliance on it. Meanwhile, Toomes is disheartened to learn that Iron Man now is hunting for them and decides to drop the gang and flee, but not before making one last and really huge heist.

Parker returns to his high school life and eventually asks Liz to go to the homecoming dance with him. On the night of the dance, Parker goes to Liz's house to pick her up but when the door is opened he is horrified to see none other than Adrian Toomes; the Vulture is Liz's father. Peter awkwardly tries to have a brief talk with Adrian, who will drive him and Liz to the dance. On the way to school Toomes quickly deduces that Parker is Spider-Man when Liz mentions that Peter has an internship at Stark Industries and that he always disappears whenever Spider-Man shows up.

Once Liz gets off the car Toomes brings out a gun and Peter that he knows his secret identity but also thanks him for saving Liz's life and offers him to end their feud peacefully on the condition that Spider-Man doesn't interfere with his final heist, but also warns Peter that he'll kill him and everyone he loves if Spider-Man does show up. During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from the Avengers Tower to the team's new headquarters. He reluctantly ditches Liz and dons his old homemade Spider-Man suit and races to Toomes' lair. He is first ambushed by Schultz but defeats him with the help of Ned. At the lair, Parker tries to scold Toomes for being the Vulture but Toomes defends his actions by claiming that while he is a criminal, he only does so to support his family. He also points out that he's only the Vulture because Stark was the one who drove him out of business in the first place. Toomes destroys the building's support beams and leaves Parker to die.

Parker is able to escape the rubble and hijacks the Vulture with his Web-shooters to intercept the plane. A brief fight between the two causes the plane to steer out of control crash on the beach near Coney Island. Both survive the crash but Spider-Man is weakened and Vulture's wings are damaged. Enraged, the Vulture proceeds to savagely beat up Spider-Man, but before dealing the finishing blow Toomes notices a nearby crate full of Arc Reactors still intact. Feeling the heist isn't a total loss yet, Toomes throws Peter aside and tries to flee with the crate, but his wings begin to malfunction. Peter realizes the wings are going to explode just like the Chitauri core back at Washington D.C because the Arc Reactors in the crate emit radiation and tries to stop Toomes in vain. The Vulture Wings explodes burying Toomes under the burning wreckage. Peter rushes to save Toomes' life and leaves him webbed up for the police to arrest him. After her father's arrest, Liz's family moves away.

Tony, impressed by Peter's victory over Toomes, offers him a new more advanced Spider-Man suit and full-time membership at the Avengers. Parker, however, declines the offer, having understood that he isn't ready and is happy to stick with small hero jobs for the time being. Tony applauds his maturity, but given that he had called over 50 reporters he decides to propose marriage to Pepper Potts to cover up. Back at home, Peter finds his Spider-Man suit and puts it on, unaware that Aunt May witnessed him doing so.

In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes in prison. Gargan heard rumors that Toomes knows Spider-Man's real identity, but Toomes denies the rumors convincingly. In a post-credits scene, Captain America gives a brief speech about patience as part of a PSA video, yet, he explains the audience they had been waiting for nothing.

Why It Rocks

  1. The director made a comprehensive list of things done in previous Spider-Man movies so that this one would avoid them and feel fresh. It paid off well.
  2. The portrayal of Spider-Man/Peter Parker in this film goes into more of his portrayal in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic series with the younger Aunt May, having an experienced mentor, focusing on Peter's high school years, and working with a team of super heroes. Which is all an original use of the character in Spider-Man cinema.
  3. Tom Holland portrays Spider-Man extremely well and even Stan Lee agrees with this saying he's exactly how he envisioned the character.
  4. Captain America appearing in a PSA coach video is a fun nod to real life PSA tests in high school.
  5. While recent MCU movies went for surrealistic and high-stakes plots at the time, Homecoming went for a more realistic story with noticeably lower stakes, giving it a more down-to-Earth feel akin to Marvel's street-level heroes such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Punisher. This emphasized by having both Spider-Man and Vulture treated as a B grade hero/villain by the other superheroes.
  6. No origin story of Peter getting bitten by the mutant spider or Uncle Ben's death. Marvel avoided having to show that yet again by introducing Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and having this movie pick up from there. Peter still mentions the spider bite and Uncle Ben but only very briefly.
  7. While Iron Man is an important character he doesn't steal the spotlight from Peter Parker.
  8. It's easy to feel identified with Peter over his desire to prove he's a worthy superhero that should be taken seriously only to try too hard screw it up. Most go through that in their teenage and early adulthoods.
  9. One scene references the classic Spider-Man story "The Commuter Cometh".
  10. The Vulture is arguably one of the best villains in the MCU (both movies and Netflix shows). Unlike most villains who tend to be generic and forgettable one-note evil dore, Adrian Toomes is an interesting character with a fleshed out personality as well as being very sympathetic and relatable -an honest worker and family man who was driven out of business and was forced to become criminal to keep supporting his family- yet he still comes off as dangerous and menacing who despite his relatable motivation is still in the wrong.
    • He also has a very well-executed Hero-Villain relationship to Spider-Man as he is the father of Liz Allan-Toomes in this version and once drove both Peter and Liz to the homecoming dance. Likewise, Peter is a young eager teen who looks forward to his future as a hero while Toomes is a frustrated middle-aged man who has seen life and feels he has no choice but become a criminal.
    • The Vulture's popularity was helped by Michael Keaton's performance.
  11. In addition to Vulture, The Shocker and the Tinkerer also appear but they don't steal the spotlight from the main antagonist so the movie doesn't feel like it has too many villains.
  12. Great acting from Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and to an extent Tony Revolori.
  13. Great visual effects as well as cool action.
  14. Tons of funny moments such as Spider-Man clumsily swinging towards other people's houses, stopping a robber on his bicycle, and falling flat on his face as well as funny lines such as "You guys are losers".
  15. The movie features a remix of the classic Spider-Man theme song which is truly great.
  16. Cool Easter egg reference to Miles Morales (the second generation Spider-Man after Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe) with Aaron Davis (His Uncle and the Prowler in the Ultimate comics) mentioning him as a "nephew living out here" in New York City.
  17. The phrase "If you're nothing without the suit, you shouldn't have it" serves as a reasonable substitute to the typical "With great power comes great responsibility" phrase Spider-Man always uses and fits to how Peter was over-reliant on the Spider-Man suit through most of the movie.
    • It also reflects how Tony Stark learned the same lesson in Iron Man 3 and him now being a mentor for Spider-Man.
  18. Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds in one area the other Spider-Man movies don't, It perfectly captures the high-school setting and Peter Parker's life as a superhero and student and works as a very great high-school centric superhero movie.
  19. Pepper Potts is back!
  20. The Iron Spider armor was seen at the end of the movie, which Peter used in Avengers: Infinity War.

Bad Qualities

  1. The "8 Years Later" sign was a huge continuity error. Toomes becomes the Vulture during the aftermath of The Avengers which canonically takes place in 2012, however, Spider-Man Homecoming takes place immediately after Captain America: Civil War which canonically takes place in 2016, meaning the time skip should only be four years.
    • It was confirmed that the "8 Years Later" was a typo.)
  2. Poor action sequences, especially the climax.
  3. Underwhelming score aside from the main theme and the Vulture's theme.
  4. While not showing the origin again is nice, Uncle Ben's importance is completely ignored, and his presence is completely absent, taking away a core part of Peter's character.

Reception

Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, Marvel fans strongly anticipated Spider-Man joining the MCU, but it seemed very unlikely because Sony owned the rights to the character. After Spider-Man's surprise appearance in Captain America: Civil War was met with critical acclaim and Sony announced that they'll share the rights of Spider-Man with Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming was officially announced to very positive reception. The movie's announcement initially faced criticism over the choice to include Iron Man as a major character and the fact that it is the third incarnation of the character in 15 years, nevertheless it remained one of the more anticipated MCU movies.

Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered in Hollywood on June 28, 2017, and was released in the United States on July 7, 2017, in 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D. Homecoming has grossed over $880 million worldwide, and received positive reviews, with critics praising Holland and the other cast's performances, the light tone, and the action sequences. A sequel is scheduled to be released on July 5, 2019. Homecoming was met with very positive reception both from fans and critics, it is now considered one of the best MCU movies overall and one of the best Spider-Man movies.