Marvel has finally gained the creative power over a Spider-Man film and I think they realized what kind of responsibility that power came with.
If you've read the reviews or seen them flash across the screen in television commercials, then you already know what the critics are saying. Generally, the characters in the MCU are great, but the more recent films have lost some of the characters' dimensionality. They explore the space where freedom seems so tantalizing, so tangible, and yet so far away. That effort may have failed, but it partially inspired the creation of Miles Morales, a new Afro-Latino Spider-Man for the 21st century who now fights crime alongside Peter Parker in modern Marvel comics. On the other hand, if a 15-year-old said, "I'm off to join the police force!" You can't opt out of the rat race if you never got there in the first place. According to Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige, the "original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019, and then two months later it will be Peter [Parker] and Spider-Man that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there".
There's a groundedness to Keaton's character that fits "Homecoming's" M.O.; he's not trying to take over the world, like so many superhero movie villains, just as Parker's Spidey isn't trying to save the universe. His best friend Ned is the only non-superhero who knows his secret, and while he tries to help keep Peter grounded, he also can't help geeking out about his friend's alter-ego, which can be less than helpful at times.
The general consensus amongst critics and die-hard comic book movie fans alike is that no matter how great the MCU films get, the pinnacle of the genre was achieved back in the early 2000s with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). Superhero cynicism aside, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is really fun.
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All Marvel movies have comedy in them, but they're not all amusing. Spider-Man is genuinely amusing. Aaron Davis is the uncle of Miles Morales and while Davis never says Morales' name, he does refer to having a nephew who lives in Queens, New York during a conversation with Spider-Man in an empty parking lot. This gives the movie a good chance for it to have an opening weekend of $100 million domestically, or more.
It's not all flawless, of course. The action staged by John Watts is thrilling and colourful and created to take advantage of all the blockbuster tools. But with the villainous Vulture threatening to unleash havoc on the city and people that Peter loves most, he's going to have to learn exactly what it means to be a hero.
"It was a really interesting thing in the development of the story", Watts continued. Indeed, judging by the stunned gasps and laughter that accompanied the final button placed on the film of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) staring at Tom Holland in the Spider-Man suit, she wasn't the only one ready to scream "what the f-!" Big Bad plot. It shouldn't be too surprising to learn that the latter element gets the least satisfying attention. Yet coming after the two Andrew Garfield "Spider-Man" films, which were the definition of super-forgettable competence, the movie is just distinctive enough, in concept and execution, to connect and become a sizable hit... For now, it's nice to be reminded how lovably troubled the boy in the Spider-Man suit can be.