Spider-Man is my favourite superhero and I left Homecoming a bit deflated. i’m going to talk freely, so be warned if you haven’t seen it.
Three basics I feel the filmmakers screwed up on:
- Spider-Man should NOT, like never ever, having a talking suit that offers him hundreds of different options via a computer system.
- No-one ‘normal’ should know Spider-Man’s real identity (Ned, Aunt May?!).
- Spider-Man really should have ‘spider-sense’ abilities to some degree.
Now, I get why all the above were included because it fits into the film’s desire to be a John Hughes/superhero hybrid flick tied to The Avengers, but what a disappointment to me as a fan of the character… No-one wanted another origin story but, if they were happy to just drop us into a world where PP is already Spidey, at least remain faithful to some of the fundamentals. A lot of things seemed to be there for lolz - fine, have some yuks, we all know Spidey is a sharp wit for example, but I felt the film struggled to choose between being a high school teen flick or a superhero movie.
(On further reading, apparently the ‘sense’ will make an appearance in Infinity War so they are seemingly making it an ability that slowly manifests. Seems I’ll have to just go with this ‘Marvel world’ flow but I still don’t care for that).
That said, Tom Holland was great, ditto Michael Keaton - those tense scenes they share just over halfway in were superb. I also liked how grounded the film was in its ‘superhero/villain’ aspects.
Side-note: thought it was cheeky how Paltrow got third billing in the end credits… poor Marisa Tomei!