Spider-Man Homecoming Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened

The Review
It has certainly become one of the weirdest film making things that there are three quite separate strings of Marvel Films. This relates to the film studios that have secured rights for the different franchises. Firmly in the middle you have Disney connected directly in to Marvel Studios and making the bulk of the Marvel franchise films. Then you have Fox making the films that relate to the X-Men. Of course, sliding on beside is Sony with the Spider-Man franchise and here with Spider-Man Homecoming we see the first real close tie in with the central Marvel Universe. For example, playing quite a central role in this story is quite possibly the most central of all Marvel characters, Iron Man/Tony Stark. So, we are now seeing the different studios starting to find ways to work together and crossover the storylines and characters.

While the original Spider-Man Trilogy was very good and a lot of fun there is something a lot more satisfying seeing Spider-Man now clearly existing in the same Universe as The Avengers as we have seen in the comic book stories.

This will be the first Spider-Man film where the special effects for the character are not being produced by another company affiliated with Sony, the rights holder to Spider-Man. Industrial Light & Magic, which handles much of the special effects for the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series, will be producing the special effects. From a visual point of view, it looks and feels like a current Marvel film and hence keeping you firmly footed in the Marvel world.

Tom Holland is brilliant in the role and brings the teenager feel to the film perfectly. As the character is 15 in the film he actually looks and acts the part. Don’t get me wrong here, I enjoyed both Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spidey, however they always looked older than the age thy were supposed to be playing. So here it works better and connects slightly better to the storyline. It is interesting that they have also applied this to the character of Aunt May. With Marisa Tomei now in the role, we see a youthful and somewhat dare I say it hotter Aunt May. Not wanting to make this about appearance, Tomei is a brilliant actress and has not only been three times nominated for an Academy Award but also won in 1993 for My Cousin Vinny. I guess it’s kind of funny to think of the high calibre of Actresses that have played Aunt May including the wonderful Sally Field.

Anyway, here’s the thing, the action is very cool and I like that this film is set up to be way more youthy in style and yet so very funny. Plus, who doesn’t like the comeback king Michael Keaton. He plays bad so very well and seeing him back on the big screen over the past few years.

The Verdict
The perfect blend of action, comedy and teen angst. Spider-Man Homecoming is another Marvel smash that entertains at maximum levels and would even encourage multiple viewings.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 6th July 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 133 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Marvel
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr. Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau
Director: Jon Watts (Cop Car)

The Extras
In an interview from 2013, while promoting his [then] upcoming film, Nosotros Vivimos Asi - This is How We Live (2011), Tom Holland was asked by a reporter what kind of role he might want to try next. When Holland replied, saying a project with action and humor would be of interest to him, the reporter asked if he would ever like to play a superhero. "Maybe Spider-Man, in ten years’ time", answered Holland. "The reboot of the reboot, if they do that."

Bryan Cranston showed interest in playing a Marvel villain, particularly Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.

J.K. Simmons had previously expressed interest in returning to the role of J. Jonah Jameson (the role that he played in the Sam Raimi trilogy, and also voiced the character in Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)). However, once he was cast as Comissioner Gordon in Justice League (2017), all discussion of this happening ceased.

Vincent D'Onofrio had shown interest in appearing as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin from Daredevil (2015) in this film. Kingpin is a shared villain from both Spider-Man and Daredevil's rogue gallery and has appeared in countless other Spider-Man media.

On April 21, 2016, it was made official that Robert Downey Jr. would reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man. This also marks the first time that a Spider-Man film will include another superhero character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.