A brief encounter in Civil War (and a highlight) we’ve since wondered how the newest addition to the MCU will fair. Now the sixth Spider-Man film and third cinema incarnation, where does Homecoming belong in the pantheon of Spider-Man 2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2? It’s fair to rank it just slightly below Spider-Man 2 as Homecoming is a delight. It’s nothing revolutionary of the genre but it’s a sure fire success for all parties involved.
There’s a good cast in Homecoming, but the only members that shine are Holland as Spider-Man and Keaton as Vulture. The remainder of the cast have these roles to fill and don’t command screen-time. Sure it’s fun to see Iron Man, and there’s some great cameo casting as well. Nothing quite tops the charm that Holland brings as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Even Keaton, whom is a highlight villain in the desolate MCU slate, only blooms into the final act. Holland thus far brings the best blend of civilian and hero to the big screen. His great performance is echoed by good dialogue and character moments.
Spider-Man Homecoming also has pretty good pacing as well. There are seldom dull moments and the movie doesn’t necessarily give our hero world-ending threats, but more personal battles. Some exceptional moments include a robbery, the ferry scene, and any shared moments with Keaton’s Vulture. It’s a semi-origin story, but one that trims the right amount of unneeded exposition. We all know how Spider-Man gets his powers, Uncle Ben’s story has been fleshed out enough for audiences. The writers understand this and as a result we’re given a story very meaningful to Peter Parker.
I’ll also add that the story is well placed within the MCU. The timetable gives the villain a purpose and adds to why he’s more of a competent villain. Fan service was high on the priority list with that in mind. It’s usually implemented well, but often it can be jarring because of how blatant it is. Along with that, this movie isn’t anything we haven’t seen before. Cliche lingers through much of the first half and there are some questionable logical choices made as well. I honestly didn’t care about any other characters than the lead hero or villain either. The welfare of the people in danger is interesting and Spider-Man’s impact on those individuals is interesting. Ultimately, Peter’s personal drama is what makes the movie work best, but his drama with those around him doesn’t really strike me as too captivating. These aspects aren’t too difficult to peer over because Spider-Man Homecoming is just a fun movie.
The set-pieces are intricate and interesting, the direction keeps the viewer invested, and Holland is so likable with or without the suit on. It’s fitting that the star of such a movie is Spider-Man himself. Homecoming is an entertaining movie that is good fun for any fan, hardcore or new to the character. It’s not the most bombastic movie of the summer and it doesn’t hold a candle to the hallmark of Spider-Man 2. But what it does do is give a more memorable villain, the best Spider-Man on film (to date), and a blockbuster that has enough heart and charm to be worth a look.