Spider-Man: Homecoming: Good film but something didn’t fit right

To say the hype for the release of the first ever Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures collaboration was big would be an understatement.

Director: Jon Watts

Writer: Jonathan Goldstein

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Micheal Keaton

Running time: 2hrs 15mins

Release: July 7

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting for this day since Tom Holland debuted as the web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War… but something just didn’t feel right.

The film is set after the events of Civil War and follows 15-year-old Peter Parker aka Spider-Man trying all he can to become an Avenger like his mentor Tony Stark aka Iron Man.

While being the ‘Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man’, the hero uncovers a villainous group using alien technology to power up weapons.

Thinking he is an Avenger, Spider-Man sets out to stop the group led by the Vulture and to become part of the infamous group of superheroes.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is probably one of the best web-slinger movies to date – although that’s not difficult – but something about it felt a bit too ‘Avengey’ for me.

I feel there was so much hype around it, it failed to live up to it – similarly to Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was so highly-anticipated that it didn’t have the success the first one had.

The whole premise of the story was Spider-Man trying to become a hero and trying to get Iron Man to actually allow him to be part of the Avengers and that was it.

Although, I know it’s not an origin story and it’s the first time that Marvel has created a standalone hero movie without giving the background to how they got their powers but I feel it was missing out on what makes an origin story great.

Tom Holland was brilliantly cast to play the young web-slinger and fans have already resembled him to that of the comic book character and so right they should.

The character has kept to its comic book origins which was brilliant. However, Aunt May (Tomei) was particularly young.

Maybe I am wrong but I though Aunt May was supposed to be this old woman?

The star of the film had to go to Zendaya. Although playing a minor role, as outsider Michelle, who ocassionaly cropped up every now and then with a one liner or hand gesture, she did steal the show.

She managed to keep the humour that every Marvel film has and it was brilliantly cast and I hope she returns for the sequel.

Although only in the film for short moments, I feel I am getting bored seeing Robert Downey Jr’s take on Iron Man in every Marvel film.

He is becoming the Wolverine of the MCU. I understand why he was in it but I just hope Marvel don’t follow the same footsteps that Fox have down with Hugh Jackman’s character.

One could argue that it should have been Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who decides who becomes an Avenger but he has been absent from a number of MCU films and the actor himself doesn’t know whether he is set to return for Avengers: Infinity War.

The film did have some nice references to past films including the rebuilding of New York City following the events in the first Avengers film as well as references to Civil War and other MCU characters.

As well, it was visually stunning and the big fight sequence at the end was brilliant but once again, Marvel leaked too much information before this release.

We already know Tom Holland is set to star in Infinity War and that a Spider-Man sequel already has a release date, so it kind of gets a bit boring as you already know the fate of the characters.

Although this review sounds like I am completely slating the film, I thoroughly enjoyed it and as said it is the best Spider-Man film to date (even though I am particularly fond of Amazing Spider-Man).

Overall it is a great film and any fan of the MCU should go and see it. I would happily go see it again too.

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