Spider-Man’s entrance into the MCU has never meant as much as it probably should have to me. I really enjoyed his appearance in Civil War but I had yet to fully appreciate the importance of his inclusion in the MCU, that is until I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I haven't had this much genuine fun in a movie since Guardians of the Galaxy was released in 2014. Homecoming is full of heart, action, and excellent story telling with characters you immediately want to see more of. This is a shining example of how to tell a personalized story in a massively expansive Cinematic Universe. Each cameo and Universe reference served a purpose to the Spider-Man narrative and provided a solid foundation for the film to launch off of into its own story.
Taking Peter Parker back to his high school (teenage) roots gives us a fresh take on the hero’s struggle in the MCU. Tom Holland's performance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man is profoundly engaging and he is surround by a diverse cast of extremely likeable characters. Even with MCU heavy weights like RDJ/Iron Man, it is still very much a Peter Parker/Spider-Man film. The suit, web-slinging, and CG is flawless, I couldn't tell where the practical ends and the CG begins.
Homecoming’s main villain doesn't live up to ‘Loki’ status but Adrian Toomes/Vulture strays away from Marvel’s one-dimensional villain problem and is an excellent adversary for a young hero in a world full of superheroes.
As a fandom, we have to accept each film in the MCU as a sequel to the one before and we can no longer expect to have a completely isolated film that doesn’t acknowledge and integrate what came before. That being said, to have a full appreciation for the references and building blocks in the film, make sure to refresh yourself with The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: AoU before heading into Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man is going to be one of the pillars of the MCU going forward and Homecoming is an excellent solo and franchise entry into the ever expanding MCU, see it NOW!
Check out Spider-Man: Homecoming this weekend and listen to our full review in Episode #80 of The Nerd Room Podcast on Thursday, July 15th, 2017!
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