BY now, you should know SpiderMan’s story like the back of your hand. How Peter Parker got bitten by a radioactive spider, how a criminal he allowed to escape killed his Uncle Ben, and how he came about with his famous motto: With great power comes great responsibility. It’s a story that has been repeated in past versions of Spider-Man films.
Thankfully, Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t repeat all that again. Little time is spent dwelling on how Tom Holland’s Peter got his powers, and we’re mercifully spared from having to watch Uncle Ben die on screen all over again.
This isn’t an origin story – it’s more of a coming-of-age story. And boy, is it a joyous, and massively entertaining one. The transition into the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly helps, especially in adding the prerequisite MCU fun factor. Since the character was already introduced in Captain America: Civil War, we’re already familiar with Peter and his mentor-mentee relationship with Tony Stark. It also allows the filmmakers to go straight into the story without spending too much time on setting up this new Spidey’s world or even Michael Keaton’s menacing yet strangely sympathetic Vulture.
Is Spider-Man: Homecoming the best Spidey movie ever? No, it’s not, that’s Spider-Man 2. But it IS much more fun than all the rest, that’s for sure. – Michael Cheang