It won me over with some jokes about larb. It was clear from the very start that this was quick on its feet, fun and amusing, yet not smug and self-satisfied a la “Deadpool“.
Spider-Man: Homecoming presents the third solo iteration of Spider-Man in the last 15 years, but it’s arguably the best one yet.
When the friendly, neighborhood superhero swung back into theaters to thunderous applause past year in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel execs surely breathed a sigh of relief after their first reboot of the franchise, spearheaded by Andrew Garfield, splattered to the ground. “In a weird way, Tony is the epitome of what Peter should never be-great power with no responsibility”.
Of course, Peter already did that before “Homecoming“.
The film opens by showing us a bit of the aftermath of The Avengers, and then the sidelines of Captain America: Civil War, planting the Sony/Marvel co-production firmly in the continuity of the other Marvel movies (as we had surely known by now). But a decade later, the webslinger seemed to peter out (pun intended). Peter wants to be a star, but he’s not yet ready for prime time. We did our best to get the answer out of Watts – and sometimes the best answers are the most honest and easiest explanations. It’s about the backstory of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the backstory of some actual actors. Spider-Man is finally in the right hands. Criminals wear Halloween store Avengers masks when sticking up banks. But no mere genius-billionaire-inventor-superhero could be expected to craft tech impervious to a high-school sophomore. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Michael Barbieri, Abraham Attah, Hannibal Buress, Kenneth Choi, Angourie Rice, Michael Chernus, Michael Mando, Logan Marshall-Green and Jennifer Connelly. A 2012 reboot and it’s sequel, both starring Andrew Garfield, met with declining box office and critical shrugs. And yet there’s the rub: Maybe the opposite is not ideal either. You might not notice that absence right away, but you may notice it as “Homecoming” wears on. Even the cursing adults didn’t really phase him.
“Homecoming” doesn’t’ slip up the way most Marvel intros do. As Vulture reports, at a recent press conference for the film, Marvel producer Amy Pascal was asked about the reason for the diverse casting in Homecoming, to which she responded, “I would say the inspiration for it was reality”.
That alien tech was left behind by a crew of baddies led by Michael Keaton, who was just a hard-working salvage contractor back when the Avengers first wreaked havoc on Manhattan some years ago.
Speaking to Io9, Homecoming director Jon Watts revealed that Nick Fury was his first pick for Peter’s mentor in the movie.
Once that table setting is complete, we’re finally offered a better glimpse into Peter’s everyday life, which involves patrolling the streets of NY, keeping his extra-curricular activities hidden from Aunt May (Marissa Tomei), and trying to get close to his crush, Liz (Laura Harrier), the captain of his Academic Decathalon Team. And if Homecoming is any clue, one can assume that any Marvel Studios exec getting access to those famous mutants would immediately start wondering if Wolverine would be fiercer with a little Hulk blood in him, or if Professor X might enjoy getting out of that wheelchair with the help of one of Tony Stark’s surplus exoskeletons.