Spider-Man: Homecoming

By Jackie Raphael

4 stars

I did not think we needed another Spider-Man film. In fact, I skipped the whole Amazing Spider-Man series because I thought it was too soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. However, Spider-Man: Homecoming was surprisingly good. It brought new dimensions to the character with the help of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who invented a new costume for Spider-Man (Tom Holland), giving him more technologically advanced ways to use his superhero abilities. The plot picks up from where Captain America: Civil War ended, with Spider-Man trying to balance his new life as a hero with his ordinary life at high school as Peter Parker.

The film is perhaps most stylistically aligned to Ant-Man, with a great use of goofy humour throughout. While director Jon Watts could have edited the film down by about 15 minutes, the plot and character development did keep the audience entertained throughout. It was also great to see cultural diversity on screen, in particular within the context of Parker's school peers. 

Holland brings a cute, boyish charm to the character, as we saw in Civil War. Marisa Tomei returns as the loveable (and sexier version of) Aunt May, and Jon Favreau is back as Happy Hogan, who Iron Man tasks with looking after Spider-Man. There are also some great cameos and references to the Avengers throughout the film, which fans will enjoy. Michael Keaton, was a welcome addition to the Marvel Universe as the villain, Vulture. As, always it is worth sticking around until the very end of the credits for a Marvel surprise.