Ge­nial Spidey a re­fresh­ing Marvel

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world of the comic-book char­ac­ter.

Bri­tish ac­tor Tom Hol­land

( The Im­pos­si­ble) is a con­vinc­ingly ado­les­cent Peter Parker, find­ing some pleas­ingly dorky and awk­ward mo­ments for his still high-school aged hero. We were in­tro­duced to Hol­land’s Spi­der­men/Peter Parker in Civil War, and there was maybe an ex­pec­ta­tion that Spi­der-man: Home­com­ing would see the kid in the red and blue take his place on the start­ing team ros­ter.

But no. Parker is told by

Robert Downey Jr’s Iron­man ba­si­cally to go back to school and look af­ter his grades and fam­ily for a while yet. Which seems like not the worst ad­vice in the world for a kid still too un­sure of him­self to ask a girl on a date.

The vil­lain of the piece is the Vul­ture, played, unim­prov­ably, by Michael Keaton. He is per­fect as he goes about sketch­ing in the char­ac­ter’s back story as Adrian Toomes, a bor­der­line gang­ster who just wants to carve him­self out his own slice of the Amer­i­can dream and knows he’s go­ing to have to get his hands a lit­tle dirty to do it.

Done out of a lu­cra­tive sal­vage busi­ness by Tony Stark’s pos­si­bly self-serv­ing co-opt­ing of the con­tract on all the left-over alien tech­nol­ogy and weaponry af­ter the busted Chi­tauri in­va­sion that was the cen­tre-piece of The Avengers, Toomes has a su­per­hero-shaped chip on his shoul­der and is in no mood to see his plans chal­lenged by any ly­cr­a­clad ado­les­cent with a squeaky voice and sticky wrists. Spi­der­man: Home­com­ing pro­gresses via a very ac­cept­able amount of set pieces and CGI car­nage.

This Spi­der-man spins its charm and its magic out of never stop­ping re­mind­ing us that Spidey – pretty much alone of the cur­rent crop of big screen su­per­heros – was still a boy when he first be­came a leg­end. Cap­tain Amer­ica might tell us he’s just a kid-from-Brook­lyn, but he was al­ready a grown man be­fore he donned the suit.

Peter Parker, es­pe­cially as por­trayed by Hol­land and di­rected by Watts, re­ally is just a kid-from-Queens – with all the awk­ward­ness, charm and em­bar­rass­ment that im­plies. We get this film and we want it to win, be­cause at its heart is a plucky, vul­ner­a­ble kid who seems to be gen­uinely phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally in peril in a way which his el­ders and men­tors never re­ally are.

Spi­der-man: Home­com­ing is a throw­back to a su­per­hero age. At stake are friends, fam­ily and neigh­bour­hoods, not en­tire gal­ax­ies. It’s re­fresh­ing, grounded, hu­man and ex­traor­di­nar­ily like­able. Bravo. – Graeme Tuck­ett

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