Maybe it’s just the MGMT soundtrack and the seemingly semi-improvised scenes between the teenagers but Spider-Man: Homecoming feels reminiscent of lower budget teen movies like The Edge of Seventeen and Easy A.
Don’t worry, it feels like a modern day superhero movie as well. There’s impressive action, a villain, The Vulture, aka Adrian Tomes (Michael Keaton), who spouts lines like “I will kill everyone you love” and the appearance of an Avenger.
However, the film doesn’t feel like any of the other Marvel movies. An early scene where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) foils a bank robbery by mocking the robbers’ outfits is pure Spidey.
It wouldn’t be a superhero movie without a christ pose. Whilst watching Spider-Man try to hold together a sinking ship is reminiscent of the train catch in Spider-Man 2, the trailer almost pushes the former Spider-Man films to the back of your mind. It seems like Homecoming is its own thing but is true to the character.
Of course, as pretty much every online article about the wall-crawler has something about the weird adoption deal signed by Marvel and Sony, this is the first Spider-Man film where he gets to play with an Avenger. After their great back-and-forth in Civil War, Sony gave Robert Downey Jr all the money to return. He features prominently, and Tony and Peter’s relationship suggests Spider-Man isn’t going to fit smoothly with Marvel’s all-star lineup. This matches the comics and gives the movie some dramatic meat.
It is odd seeing Keaton, aka Batman, as a bad guy but he can be menacing. His costume looks cool and the little white ruff around his neck is a nice addition.
There are glimpses of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and Zendaya, the rumoured Mary Jane.
Oh, it’s good to have Spidey back.