In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios brings their friendly neighborhood wall crawler back home to join the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The feature film does not disappoint. Rich in hilarious quips, lovable characters, and a well-rounded character arc, Spider-Man: Homecoming encapsulates everything about what it means to be hero. It avoids the repetitive retelling of a tired story and overused epithets about “Great Power and Responsibility, and instead focuses on the story of a young hero with a heart so big, everyone can see it.
Tom Holland is the Peter Parker we’ve wanted since the web slinger has been on the big screen. Choosing to take the younger route and avoiding the constraints of canon storyline, was a major definer of this movie’s success. While the movie took strong, heavy references from the source material, it also took great liberties in the way that it used it, and in turn created memorable characters based on their comic counterparts. Using the past Avengers’ movie to drive plot helped to create motivations and desires that all cinematic fans could relate to.
Throughout the film Peter Parker has a desire to help others, and though he’s young and naïve in many ways, he believes that he has what he takes to do this. It’s quite well stated that he has a selfless heart, and quite like the Peter Parker we all know and love, will always put others before him, no matter how much it may weigh on his shoulders. While he starts the movie with an exacerbating excitement to do a “mission” as it continues on, and things start to get serious, his focus shifts to doing what needs to be done because it’s right above all else. He perseveres even when he’s ignored by the adults in his life (Stark and Hogan) and proves that he has what it takes to be a hero.
The cast of the movie is incredible. Michael Keaton’s Vulture was a sight to behold, and had a sinister personality that could intimidate the most confident of individuals. Not to mention he had a strong drive behind the motivations for his villainy. As far as the changes to characters like Flash Thompson, to Guatemalan actor Tony Revolori, and Michele “MJ” to black/white mixed actress, Zendaya, they were for the better for this film. The older renditions of the characters were cliché, but these new versions were rich and diverse, as were many of the other actors and actresses in the film. The movie also seemed to be very conscious of things that many others aren’t, as told by comments like the one Michele made in reference to slaves building the Washington Monument. It was refreshing to see.
Overall, the movie was impressive, and another win in Marvel’s column. There isn’t much to dislike about it. The writing was excellent and every scene drove the plot forward. There was conflict that kept watchers on their toes, and the action scenes brought Spider-Man alive just as well as, if not better than Spider-Man movies in the past. To further its excellence, the movie also brings unexpected twists to keep things interesting, without derailing the essence of the plot. The film is grade A and I implore everyone to see it.
How does it relate to the MCU?
Spider-Man: Homecoming was an amazing standalone film but fans love knowing how it fits into the big picture, as well as the many fun references that go along with it. Like most Marvel Cinematic Universe movies this had many. First, I’d like to bring attention to the materials that Adrian Toomes and his men are harvesting at the beginning of the film. Because the movie started with a time frame set 8 years prior, it opens up right after the first Avengers film. The equipment they are harvesting is the alien technology of the Chitauri, lead to earth by Loki.
Spider-Man’s first appearance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was in Captain America 3: Civil War. Near the beginning of the film we see scenes that Parker filmed with him involved in some of those scenes. This helps set up the placement of the movie in the timeline. We learn how he got the suit that he uses in that movie, and how Tony Stark keeps in contact with him.
Also, in the first scene, we are introduced to an older organization, first introduced in the late 80’s, called Damage Control, created by Dwayne McDuffie. Damage Control is known for cleaning up messes caused by super hero conflicts.
The films main villain was obviously Adrian Toomes, or The Vulture. However the film also depicted Shocker, Scorpion, and The Tinkerer as well.
In the film, Peter Parker’s best friend is Ned Leeds. Ned Leeds is nothing at all like his comic counterpart. However, Ned Leeds is exactly like the character Ganke Lee. In the comics, Ganke is best friends with Miles Morales (another Spider-Man) and the character in the movie is directly referencing him.
The movie makes a direct reference Miles Morales, who is currently Spider-Man in the comics. At one in the movie, Peter Parker identifies a man (played by Donald Glover) as Aaron Davis. In Ultimate Marvel, Aaron Davis is Prowler, and Miles Morales’ Uncle. During the film Aaron mentions that he has a nephew, in a direct reference to Miles. In the past, there’s also been a great following called for Donald Glover to play Miles in a feature film. That never occurred, but he did get to play his voice on the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series. Him playing his uncle in this movie was a nod to that.
Other Fun References
- Ned Leeds is purposefully cut off before he finishes a statement saying “Journey into this Amazing…” Fantasy would have been the next word. Spider-Man’s first appearance is in Amazing Fantasy #15.
- Spider-man’s First appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 depicts him during Homecoming without a date.
- The Amazing Spider-Man #33 depicts Spider-Man lifting a building off his back like in a scene in the movie.
- Spider-Man reverts to a shabby suit in the movie, which Ben Reilly, The Scarlet Spider’s suit in the comics.
- At the end of the film Tony offers Peter a new suit. This suit is The Iron Spider, which he designs and gives him in the comics.
As partially written on The Marvel Report