FILM Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing (M) screens at Moon­rise Cinema, Satur­day, Au­gust 5, 7pm. Visit moon­risecin­ema.com.au.

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The jour­ney of Spi­der-Man (a Marvel char­ac­ter owned by Sony) into the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse (the bench­mark for su­per­hero films owned by Dis­ney) is more tan­gled than the webs the grav­ity-de­fy­ing crime fighter fires from his wrists.

But let’s just say the wait has been worth it.

Af­ter a well-re­ceived cameo in last year’s Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War, in which new­comer Tom Hol­land turned his Spidey into a cheeky, awestruck, hy­per-bab­bling kid who stole the big smack­down scene, the 21-year-old English­man is back play­ing the 15-year-old New Yorker Peter Parker.

He’s the third ac­tor to be Spi­der-Man this cen­tury, af­ter Sony re­leased three films with Tobey Maguire as the web-slinger, then An­drew Garfield ap­peared in two more ma­ligned ef­forts (although I liked Garfield’s sar­cas­tic, pre-Dead­pool take on a su­per­hero).

Hol­land, though, could be the best.

For some­one who is just 1.73m tall, he has a sparkling screen pres­ence and comic tim­ing.

The only back­story we get this time is for Adrian Toomes, played with typ­i­cal hard-bit­ten work­ing­class sour­ness by Michael Keaton.

Toomes is in charge of a sal­vage crew clean­ing up alien weapons af­ter the bat­tle of New York — the cli­max to 2012’s Avengers — but when a new Gov­ern­ment de­part­ment lays off his team, he starts steal­ing and trad­ing some of this other-worldly tech.

In a clip that will res­onate with par­ents of teens, Peter seems more keen on Snapchat than do­ing what is most im­por­tant at the time — fight­ing Cap­tain Amer­ica and his mates.

Af­ter bat­tling the Cap, it’s a big come­down for Peter to be back at school in Queens, where his class­mates are wor­ry­ing about home­com­ing balls and aca­demic de­cathlons. He thinks he should now be an Avenger, out sav­ing the world, and feels in­creas­ing frus­tra­tion to­wards fa­ther-fig­ure Tony Stark for hold­ing him back.

What fol­lows is a com­ing-of-age tale as Peter tries to win the heart of class­mate Liz (Laura Har­rier) but learns of Vul­ture’s plans for a huge heist and must some­how stop him with­out his spi­dergim­micks. Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing is aimed at a younger mar­ket than other MCU films so it pulls some punches in the ac­tion.

Still, the hu­mour, espe­cially be­tween Peter and his school­mates Ned (Ja­cob Bat­alon) and Michelle (Zen­daya), is ra­zor-sharp and up there with Guardians of the Galaxy.

Add a cracker of a plot twist, and the ap­pear­ances of Iron Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and it will keep the adult comic fans more than happy.

En­ter­tain­ment-Columbia Pic­tures

Tom Hol­land stars as Spi­der-Man in Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing.Pic­ture: Chuck Zlot­nick, Sony Pic­tures

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