I didn’t have high hopes for Spider-Man: Homecoming. My parents got to see it almost a month before I did, and they warned me it wasn’t great. But I didn’t want to miss any development in the MCU, and it had Iron Man in it, so I went to see it anyways.
I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t surprised either. There was a lot of things Spider-Man did extremely well, but there were a few things – well, one thing – that kept the movie from being overly enjoyable.
If there was one thing that was really enjoyable about Spider-Man, it was the characters. Tom Holland did a great job portraying Peter, and Michelle, Ned, and Liz (that was her name, right? I don’t think I ever heard it clearly) were all extremely likable, if flawed – which just made them even more likable.
The villain of Spider-Man was a nice break from Marvel’s usual take-over-the-world brand. He had a real life motive – providing for his family – and a goal that didn’t include taking over the world. He was almost likable, even as harsh as he was, and even made a few funny, if irrelevant, mistakes.
Tony’s part in Spider-Man was extremely well-done. He is shown as a father figure, but in a very Tony Stark-way. The development between the two – and the way that the two characters bounce off each other – is great.
The High-school Drama
I know this was at least somewhat aimed at a younger age group than Marvel’s previous movies, but that doesn’t mean the movie has to have so much high-school drama.
The drama, in a small portion, was good – it showed how Peter was struggling to balance his life, built up some of the situations in the plot, and introduced some very likable characters we wouldn’t have met otherwise. But did there have to be so much of it?
Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing Tom Holland in other MCU movies that won’t revolve so much around high school, and I’m glad I saw the movie anyways – if just for that end credit scene.
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