"Though helped by a mentoring Tony Stark (Iron Man), Peter Parker is facing disaster trying to juggle schoolwork, homelife, his adventures fighting crime, and then The Vulture appears..."
Spider-Man: Homecoming Review
The title has two meanings, one referring to Peter Parker and his school life, the second meaning is Spider-Man's long run as a cinematic creature outside of the "Marvel Comics Universe" has come to an end.
Tom Holland carries the movie forward and has made Parker a more adolescent figure versus the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield versions, but Sony/Marvel have had the benefit of the previous films to hone in and borrow the best elements of Parker's quirky quest to feel moral certainty and impress a girl. In this film it's Liz (Laura Harrier) and not Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane Watson, but nonetheless the problem is the same, and in a way Spider-Man: Homecoming is repeating the main points from the previous movies, just with more precision.
One major difference is instead of leaning so heavily on the home life of Peter with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Uncle Ben (there isn't one), there's more emphasis on school buddy Ned (Jacob Batalon) and there is significantly less muscular taunts from schoolyard nemesis Flash (Tony Revolori).
Shuffling the cast screen time priorities gives Michael Keaten (as Adrian Toomes / Vulture) more space and balances the film better than most of the previous Spider-flicks, with the exception of the first Raimi version which has about the same balance between Spidey and Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). Keaten plays maniac with expertise and has the angle in the plot that Toomes isn't a classic bad guy who needs to do bad things because of an inner compulsion, but is pushed to it by circumstances and by an obsession concerning a secondary goal (which stays hidden through most of the film but only adds to the peculiar tension of Spider-Man: Homecoming once it is revealed).
Director Jon Watts has engineered a perfectly good Marvel Comics movie and it's packaged with a gigantic Avengers thumbprint over the whole endeavor, with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) popping in and out with and without the Iron Man suit (Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan and even Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts shows up, too.) The Vulture (is he ever even called this throughout the film? The closest we get is the nature of his private enterprise, which is salvage) is involved with issues directly resulting from the 2012 Avengers film.
The Avengers movies, the spinal column* that Marvel has used to build it's body of characters and stories, is very strong within Spider-Man: Homecoming (script has credits for an awful lot of people**) and appears to be a way for Disney to try and cement Spider-Man into the MCU, which may be about as far as they can go to gaining legal control over the character again since Sony owns the movie rights (the legal story on Spidey's film rights is a long and tangled mess best left unexplained here, kind of like Spider-Man's paternity.)
Tom Holland is the best thing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Michael Keaton's villain is well done, too, terrorizing Parker and offering him bits of advice on how to be masculine, which seems particularly poisonous since he appears to be homicidally off his rocker. With no Uncle Ben in the tale, Tony Stark is in the role of a countering voice dispensing male wisdom, which mostly seems to be to "do what I tell you to do," which of course Parker mostly ignores. Which is where Peter Parker seems to always end up, by himself trying to sort out what his real role is.
* The real question is probably is where would Marvel's movie world be without, as prime examples, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans?
** Script credits: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
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More Amazing Spider-Man
Director: Jon Watts
Writers: John Francis Daley
Jonathan M. Goldstein
Robert Downey, Jr.
Producers: Kevin Feige
Composer: Michael Giacchino
August 12, 2017: Spider-Man: Homecoming now at $679,537,932 worldwide.
July 8, 2017: Projections are staying rosy for Spider-Man Homecoming - - internet speculation is putting the film at $120 million for its opening weekend. Currently, after one day in theaters, the movie has already piled up $50,500,000 million.
July 7, 2017: Spider-Man Homecoming is being lauded across the internet for not only its positive press, but that it might reward Sony Pictures corp. with a blockbuster level movie after a long string of disasters from that movie studio. A lot of chickens are being counted before they've hatched, but after opening late Thursday night with a $15 million take, the film is on track for a huge weekend across America.
The words about Spider-Man Homecoming:
"...a unique comic book movie"
"...It makes for a unique comic book movie, giving it a youthful voice and making young Parker’s struggles learning to fight crime a theme that mirrors his struggles with adolescence and high school.
It works because there’s an interesting mix of action, humor and angst, as Parker can’t seem to catch a break, whether he’s trying to fight small-time criminals or impress the girl he’s crushing on at school. And it works because Tom Holland manages to make Parker and Spider-Man someone we can relate to. "
"...it knows you know who Spider-Man is"
"...To start with, Homecoming does not go down the “reboot” road. It knows you know who Spider-Man is. There’s no need to go back and show his getting bit or his Uncle Ben dying, or any of the stuff that has been done to death already. We don’t even get an unnecessary flashback, and other than one line that’s nothing more than “I got bit by a spider” the movie doesn’t even discuss his origin story. Instead, we’re treated to him already established, but still new enough on the job that we can see him still struggling, learning the ropes, making mistakes and growing as a person and hero. I love a good origin story, and Spider-Man’s is one of the very best, but it wasn’t needed, so it wasn’t added."
Vulture Poster - Spider-Man Homecoming
"...the fate of the planet isn't at stake... The milieu is high school"
"This is the breeziest, most convivial Marvel movie in ages, which doesn't necessarily mean there was a burning need for it or even that it's as good as the best of the series, Sam Raimi's 2004 "Spider-Man 2." What it suggests is that Marvel executives have a talent for changing gears to keep the company's legions of fans from getting tired of one particular approach or tone.
In "Spider-Man: Homecoming," the fate of the planet isn't at stake. The villain, Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, does his dirty work with alien technology scavenged from the rubble of an intergalactic war. But he's basically a bank robber with a chip on his shoulder working out of a chop shop.
The milieu is high school. Peter has a crush on a girl named Liz, played by Laura Harrier. He has an offbeat rapport with a charismatic nerd, played by pop icon Zendaya. And he has a pal, Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, who could be a stand-in for all those Comic-Con fanboys."
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Top Earning World Wide Superhero Films
List Updated July 17, 2017
*Currently in release in movie theatres
- The Avengers (2012 Marvel Studios) $1,511,757,910 Billion
- Avengers Age of Ultron (2015 Marvel Studios) $1.402 Billion
- Iron Man 3 (2013 Marvel Studios) $1,212,795,474 Billion
- Captain America Civil War: $1,153,294,011
- Dark Knight Rises (2012 Warners) 1,081,036,828 Billion
- The Dark Knight (2008 Warners Bros) $1,004,558,444 Billion
- Spiderman 3 (2007 Sony) $890.9 Million
- Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (Warners 2016) $872,662,631
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (2017 Marvel-Disney) $859,305,145 Million
- Spiderman (2002 Sony) $821.7 Million
15. Wonder Woman (2017 Warners) $764,886,078 Million
33. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017 Sony) $469,370,314 Million
Original Page July 2017