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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Movie Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in my humble opinion the best of the Spider-Man movies and arguably should sit near the top of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Release Date: July 7, 2017
Writer: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daily
Director: Jon Watts
Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton

Thankfully, we fans are spared a Spider-Man origins story as the events of Spider-Man take place soon after the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. Also, this tale of Spider-Man is clearly a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the story of sophomore high school student Peter Parker (Tom Holland).

Like any new adolescent, Peter is trying hard to find his identity. His only notoriety at school is his internship at Stark Industries, but even that is hardly the credentials he needs to be popular or land a date with his senior crush, Liz (Laura Harrier). As Spider-Man, Peter wants to impress the world by becoming an Avenger.

After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns Peter to his Aunt Mae (Marisa Tomei) with his new Spider suit and with instructions to lay low until he is needed again. This is pretty much a Don’t-Call-Us-We’ll-Call-You situation. Stark leaves Peter with Happy’s (Jon Favreau) phone number for any questions.

Meanwhile…in the past, clean-up specialist Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is hired to clean-up New York City after the Jitari attack. Before work can get started, Toomes is quickly fired by S.H.I.E.L.D. but not before he is able to steal some of that sweet alien technology. Long story short, Toomes begins to sell newly created alien-hybrid weapons to the New York criminal underworld. Toomes is also able to steal more technology thanks to his Vulture-like battle suit.

While waiting for the Avengers call, Peter decides to clean-up the New York crime problem. In the process, he begins to uncover the Vulture’s plans, cause more problems on the streets of New York than he can handle and inadvertently reveal his secret identity to his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon).

There is a lot to love about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Let’s first look at it from the perspective of it as a Spider-Man movie. Homecoming ranks right up there as the best Spider-Man movie right next to Spider-Man 2. Tom Holland is perfect as Spider-Man. He has the constant running mouth that the comic book Peter Parker has. He is and remains a high school student throughout the entire movie, and he struggles with the very things high school students struggle with…identity. He wants to be noticed.

There are also brilliant moments where we get to see the limitations of Spider-Man that we haven’t seen in other films. The best example is when Peter attends a party at Liz’s home in the suburbs. He chases down the bad guys, but there are no tall buildings anywhere to swing on. He, basically, runs.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is half action film and half John Hughes movie. Director Jon Watts takes us through the struggles of an adolescent, who has to save New York City from a menacing threat. The story is well grounded and the adult moments are just as effective as the teen moments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming – Movie Details

Coming July 7, 2017 – Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures presents Spider-Man: Homecoming

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). 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 (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by: Jon Watts

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

Superior Spider-Man #1 – Marvel Comic Book Review

Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Rating: 4-Stars

Full Disclosure – I was not an avid reader of the Amazing Spider-Man, but I have a good knowledge of Peter Parker and Spider-Man. At least, enough to get me by.

*** Spoiler Alert *** – I’m going to spoil only the important plot points to this issue.

In order to prepare for Superior Spider-Man, I read Amazing Spider-Man 798-700. Now the spoiler. Doctor Octopus has managed to swap bodies with Peter Parker. Doctor Octopus now controls the body of Peter Parker and has access to all his memories. In a last ditch attempt to take back his body, Peter Parker fails but manages to transfer his emotional memories to Doc Ock. As “Peter Parker” dies, Doc Ock now understands and embraces the concept of “Great Power come Great Responsibility.” Doc Ock now vows to fight for good and Peter Parker in the body of Doctor Octopus dies.

There has been a lot of controversy around this. Since I’m not a full-time reader, I really don’t have a dog in this fight. The first argument is how can Marvel kill off one of their flagship characters and as will all superhero comics, when will they bring him back.

Personally, I’m intrigued by the story line. If DC can revamp their entire line of heroes, why can’t Marvel do it to just one? In Superior Spider-Man, you see a Peter Parker with attitude. He becomes incredibly ambitious in his research and his responsibility as a hero.

The new Peter Parker has a new life. No longer a dying decaying villain  Superior Spider-Man has something to live for. He can date again. He has access to the best scientific resources available.

With this new found life, comes a new found aggressiveness. His design new weapons for Spider-Man, such as finger claws and electronic devices to gain the upper hand on his opponents, in this issue, the New Sinister Six.

With all of this change, there is one noticeable personality flaw of the new Peter Parker…He’s a “dick.”

I’m on board with Superior Spider-Man at the moment, but readers always had sympathy for Peter Parker, will they have sympathy for Doc Ock? That’s the question that the book will need to answer over the next few books.

For those of you completely frustrated with the fate of Peter Parker, read The Superior Spider-Man and you will find hope.