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July 10, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) --- "Which Is Worse: Asking Your Crush To Prom Or Stopping An Bird-Man From Terrorizing The City?"

Plot Summary
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.(1) 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     As Marvel fans and moviegoers know that in the last 15 years we have three different Spider-Mans that follow somewhat different plotlines. So it was understandable that audiences would feel apprehensive when it was announced that Marvel Studios was coming out with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). But fear not for Spider-Man: Homecoming nothing like the disappointing reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 & 2014) and it brings something new to the table.

     Sony made a bold move by allowing young and new director John Watts (Cop Car) helm Homecoming. Typically, this is done so that the studio can control the production; however, in this case, the director was allowed to create a film worthy of Spider-Man. Of course, the other Spider-Man films had been entertaining and held merit in their own way but Homecoming encompasses everything that is Spider-Man. The story is rather small in comparison to the MCU but it is a perfect start to a superhero movie without having to do another origin story, everyone knows we have too many of those. The film stays within the boundaries it has set and only gets as big as it needs and intends to.
     If you expected to see a superhero film filled with explosions, action, and web-slinging Spider-Man while focusing less on the story and character development then you will be surely mistaken. The action here is small as it is scaled appropriately for each scene and the film overall. While Peter (Tom HollandLost City of Z, Impossible) experiences the challenges of teen love and Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), the film keeps it personal by having fewer explosions and more emphasis on Peter's responsibility to forge his own character. The message of the film that being yourself is more important than being somebody you’re not and that sometimes it’s okay to take baby steps. It demonstrates that Spider-Man doesn't always have to save the world and yet he can still make a difference even if the stakes aren't that high. The humor is spot-on as it conveys the shortcomings and insecurities of a teen, much less a teenage superhero. For example, Peter Parker’s best friend Ned (Jacob BatalonNorth Woods) asks, "Can you summon an army of spiders?" which is classic teenage comedy filled with absurdity and devotion. The inside jokes follow alongside a great pace and the comedy is a range of different kinds of humor, some darker than others but all around fun.
     Tom Holland portrays Peter Parker/Spiderman as someone whose emotional problems are those of any teen rather than being overly driven by angst over a girl, which is how Tobey Maguire portrayed him. Holland was great with his reactions to the humor going on around him and at the same time adding his own twist to the scene. His charisma and comic timing balance Spider-Man in a way that has not been done before. Jacob Batalon as Ned was not over done because he was given in small dose and never delivered annoying dialogue. This time Peter Parker had a best-friend that was neither annoying nor did he have a questionable dark side. Laura Harrier as Peter’s crush, Liz, was good, though I did not care much for her character because I believed he could do better. Zendaya as Michelle was almost unrecognizable and she offers sarcastic comic relief. By the end of the film, the outcome of her character is interesting, to say the least and I cannot wait until the sequel film. Michael Keaton was good as the villain Adrian Toombs/Vulture. Although he was not overly evil or super bad, he was still pretty great. He’s the kind of villain you would see in a kids or family friendly movie, so I found this fitting.
     Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) is an entertaining and wonderful film to see. The characters were great, the action was fitting, and the story was a great start to a new Avenger member. The message of the film has been heard before and yet it was delivered in a new way, using Spider-Man as an analogy really helped get the point across. One aspect that I also admired is the idea of Spider-Man’s web. In comparison to the original trilogy, I did prefer the idea that the web is organic rather than mechanical like it is conveyed in the 2012-2014 reboot and again in this film. However, what is different here is the fact that Spider-Man has over 500 different web shooting combinations which more than made up for the non-organic web-shooting. In short, Spider-Man: Homecoming is by far the best Spider-Man to date although the original trilogy does come very close.

***Marvel Cinematic Universe (In order of how you should watch them)***
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant-Man (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Untitled Avengers film (2019)
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel (2019)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)

“Wait a minute. You guys aren't the real Avengers. I can tell Hulk gives it away.”
– Spider-Man

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4.8 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  4.8 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Avengers (2012)
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers 3: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers 4: Untitled film (2019)
Black Panther (2018)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)
Hulk (2003)
Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Spider-Man 1 (2002)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 4: Amazing (2012)
Spider-Man 5: Amazing (2014)
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019)
Thor (2011)
Thor: Dark World (2013)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Cast & Crew
Directed by: Jon Watts
Writing Credits:
(Based on Marvel comic) Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
Produced by:
Mitchell Bell                        ---   co-producer
Eric Hauserman Carroll     ---   co-producer
Kevin Feige                         ---   producer
Stan Lee                              ---   executive producer
Amy Pascal                          ---   producer
Matthew Tolmach              ---   executive producer
Cinematography by Salvatore Totino
Production Design by Oliver Scholl 
Film Editing by Debbie Berman and Dan Lebental 
Casting By Sarah Finn    
Set Decoration by Lauri Gaffin and Gene Serdena
Costume Design by Louise Frogley

Tom Holland                          ---        Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Michael Keaton                     ---        Adrian Toomes / Vulture
Robert Downey Jr.                ---        Tony Stark / Iron Man
Marisa Tomei                         ---        May Parker
Jon Favreau                            ---        Happy Hogan
Gwyneth Paltrow                  ---        Pepper Potts
Zendaya                                    ---        Michelle
Donald Glover                        ---        Aaron Davis
Jacob Batalon                        ---        Ned
Laura Harrier                        ---        Liz
Tony Revolori                         ---        Flash
Bokeem Woodbine               ---        Herman Schultz / Shocker #2
Tyne Daly                                 ---        Anne Marie Hoag
Abraham Attah                      ---        Abe
Hannibal Buress                   ---        Coach Wilson
Kenneth Choi                          ---        Principal Morita
Selenis Leyva                          ---        Ms. Warren
Angourie Rice                         ---        Betty
Martin Starr                            ---        Mr. Harrington
Garcelle Beauvais                 ---        Doris Toomes
Michael Chernus                   ---        Phineas Mason / The Tinkerer
Michael Mando                      ---        Mac Gargan
Logan Marshall-Green       ---        Jackson Brice / Shocker #1
Jennifer Connelly                 ---        Karen / Suit Lady (voice)
Gary Weeks                             ---        Agent Foster
Christopher Berry                 ---        Randy
Jorge Lendeborg Jr.             ---        Jason
Tunde Adebimpe                   ---        Mr. Cobbwell
Tiffany Espensen                  ---        Cindy
Isabella Amara                      ---        Sally
Michael Barbieri                   ---        Charles
J.J. Totah                                 ---        Seymour

Hemky Madera                      ---        Mr. Delmar

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