Last weekend, spidey fans across the country lined up outside of theatres for the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first solo film set in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ran by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.  

It has been made clear to fans, Marvel Studios is starting to take the MCU into a much lighter and funnier tone for the future projects.  It started with James Gunn’s 2014 box office smash, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and its successful sequel, 2017’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  Spider-Man: Homecoming seems to follow the same path by bringing heartfelt comedic moments infused with fun action-packed plot.    

Still excited over the experience he had with the Avengers (his brief cameo at the end of Captain America: Civil War), Peter Parker returns to his normal life as a well recognized nerd and high school student living with his Aunt May.  With the help of his new mentor, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), Peter becomes driven by the idea of proving himself to be more than just a B class superhero.  Meanwhile, a new threat reveals itself that puts Spider-Man to the ultimate test.

Though, there are moments in this film that felt like the production team used unused footage from the previous Spider-Man movies to make all the action scenes, but it did bring a sense of realism to the story and character of Spider-Man. The storytellers brought the character to the audience's level by making him relatable.  Not only did the audience get to see Peter learn how to balance his new life as a friendly neighborhood hero, but we got to see him struggle with what every high school student deals with on a daily basis.  

The moments when Spider-Man was just Peter Parker felt more like a John Hughes film of the 80’s.  Seeing Peter in high school trying to work up courage to talk to his high school crush, Liz (played by Laura Harrier) or even talking to his best friend, Ned (played by Jacob Batalon) had the charming elements and realism of storytelling that John Hughes Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club provided for the film going audience.  

Actor Tom Holland’s (2016’s Captain America: Civil War, 2015’s In the Heart of the Sea, and 2012’s The Impossible) take on the web slinging superhero was everything fans needed in the character.   He did a wonderful job bringing the witty Peter Parker of the comics to the big screen.

Well known in the comic book world and legendary actor, Michael Keaton, played the villain role of Vulture in the film.  Keaton’s performance was not “phoned in”, but rather one for the books.  As an actor who has dawned the cape and cowl (twice) as Batman in the past, the audience and critics alike were over the moon to see him jump back into the comic book movie realm.  The audience understood the drive Vulture had to do what he believed was necessary in the film, even though it meant the character doing wrong.
The rest of the supporting cast did a fantastic job at elevating and keeping the story flowing in the intended direction and tone of the film.  

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures knocked it out of the park with Spider-Man: Homecoming.  I give this film a solid 4 ½ out of 5 stars.