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Spider-Man makes his official stand-alone debut in the Marvel cinematic universe. I don’t know what it is when it comes to the constant re-booting of the character. This is the sixth big screen adaptation of Spider-Man since 2002, and this one is huge because it’s part of the MCU.
I enjoyed Tom Holland’s portray of the character in Civil War. I thought he was very true to the character’s personality that we’ve seen in the comics.
Picking up from where we left off in Civil War, Peter Parker is juggling with life as a high school student and protecting the neighbourhood as Spider-Man. He has high school kid problems, he has to get to school on time, he’s got to make it to the homecoming dance, he’s got to do all those things as well as being Spider-Man. I wouldn’t classify myself as a fan of Spider-Man but I do appreciate his uniqueness and how he isn’t cut from the same cloth as other superheroes. He isn’t a 6’foot dude with big muscles, he is just a kid. He’s just a normal kid who has everyday problems like the rest of us and Stan Lee has said on countless times that’s why people relate to Spider-Man.
Tom Holland nails it as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The character has a lot of innocence and a lot of purity and that’s what’s so important about Peter Parker. It’s not just the fact that he has superhero powers, but he’s an everyday kid, in school, with problems, but he’s also this superhero. He is far from perfect. There are times where he’ll be swinging around and at times be crashing into things or whacking himself off walls. It also answers the age-old question of what would Spider-Man do if there isn’t anything for his web swingers to cling onto. This is a non-spoiler review so I’ll save the answer for when you go and see it.
He’s also naïve and innocent, and all of that was captured really well by Tom Holland. He’s also cocky and joking around, making one liners at every given opportunity. To me, he’s like what Ben Affleck is to Batman – he is what I expect Spider-Man to be like. That isn’t a knock to Toby Maguire or Andrew Garfield. Both of them I thought they both played the part really well, however one was too heavy on the lovable nerd gimmick(Maguire), whiles the other was a sulky teen (Garfield).
There’s a running joke where everyone has the hots for ‘that hot Italian woman’ Aunt May. I thought that was great because Marisa Tomei is fucking hot for a 52-year-old. In all seriousness, a younger Aunt May was a nice change from what we’ve seen in the past.
Speaking about Aunt May, they don’t mention Uncle Ben in this movie. I just thought I’d throw that out there.
This is the best Spider-Man movie since 2004. This is an adaptation that really understands the character but also understands that it needs to be something different. It’s almost like a love letter to Spider-Man fans, you can’t compare it to any other Spider-Man movie out there. It’s really one of a kind.
They even play the classic Spider-Man theme at the start of the movie. You know the one, the “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can”. I just like it when the theme tune gets acknowledged.
It’s cool to finally see The Vulture in a movie because Rami was going to cast him in the cancelled Spider-Man 4. I thought Michael Keaton was awesome. His character had a really surprising amount of depth to him that I wasn’t anticipating. His motives for why he’s the villain is very straightforward and to the point. It’s a different origin to the one from the comics that took me off guard, off guard in a nice way. They make you care about his downfall, they also treated him like a scavenger because he’s basically going around trying to steal things to use for himself, and that kind of how a Vulture actually does things.
I like how Spider-Man and Vulture interacted in a unique situation that you don’t see very often. I thought it was really cool.
I initially had some concerns when I heard Iron Man was going to be in the movie. I was worried that he would take the shine way from Spidey and get himself over at the expense of younger talent. That isn’t the case at all. I would say he was in the movie for a total of 10 minutes, very much like how Joker had a very brief role in Suicide Squad.
There is a lot of downtime in this movie, lots of scenes of Peter Parker going to school and sometimes the pacing can drag. It’s nice to experience a more slow moving Spider-Man movie, but I can see some young kids finding it kind of boring. They just want to see Spidey swinging around, and beating up the bad guys.
As for negatives, these are very minor. I didn’t think the score fitted in well with the rest of the movie and it was something that I would improve on. Also, this has been the case for many comic book movies nowadays, but why don’t they name characters anymore? Mainly the villains. There isn’t a scene where Michael Keaton says “you can call me…..The Vulture” or anything like that. I had to look on Wikipedia to find out who some of the characters were called. I can understand that people think it’s cheesy but you can do it in so many different ways.
I felt the action scenes lacked intensity. There wasn’t anything that matched the drama from the subway train in Spider-Man 2.
The post credit scene, stick around. It’s such a dick move but hilarious at the same time.
Bottom line, this is a great movie. The best Spider-Man movie since 2004.
If only Marvel Studios could get the rights for X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool.
Rating: **** (Champion)