Spider-Man: Homecoming has the web-crawler coming out swinging *ehem* to rave reviews. It's not a perfect film, but his first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with a lot of details that are only possible because he's finally home where he belongs.
Here are ten things that I thought were either great, cringe-inducing, or a little bit of both.
[WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS HUGE SPOILERS FOR SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.]
Swoon: The Old School Spider-Man ThemeI felt goosebumps as the Marvel Studios logo rolled in to the reworked Spider-Man theme by Michael Giacchino. It set the tone for an incredibly fun Spider-Man film.
It's been a huge point of criticism that the previous Spider-Man films shoehorn unnecessary villains into their stories. Although Homecoming wasn't bogged down by numerous bad guys, it's still somewhat annoying that iconic villains like Shocker and Scorpion were completely inconsequential to how the movie turned out.Case in point: I bet you didn't even know that the guy in the post credits scene is supposed to be a major villain. He's Mac Gargan, the original Scorpion and the second Venom in the comics.
Jim Morita was a member of
Captain America's Howling Commandos in Captain
America: The First Avenger, and he's apparently related to Peter Parker's
high school principal (there is a picture of him in the principal's office).Â
Swoon: Jim Morita
Swoon: The Ferris Bueller Scene
Director Jon Watts has said in interviews that he was heavy influenced by John Hughes films in crafting Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This was most obvious in the
scene when Spider-Man was swinging through the suburbs and trying to catch the
bad guys. It was a direct tribute to Ferris
Bueller's Day Off. Not only does it encapsulate that 80s feel in a nutshell, but it also conveys the fun and energy the film was trying to go for.
Swoon: The coolest Spider-Man moment in movie history
Full disclosure: I'm extremely biased on this one.
There's this one scene where Spider-Man is buried under an absurd amount of rubble and has to dig deep and pull out all the stops to get himself free.
The scene came directly from Spider-Man: The Last Chapter, and embodies why he is one of the most loved heroes in the world. His will and determination are second to none and he still has arguably biggest heart of any comic book hero.Â
Undecided: Betty Brant
I was ready to bet my left kidney that Angouri Rice was going to be Gwen Stacy. She's too good of an actress to be nothing but another high school student in a Spider-Man movie.
So it annoyed the hell out of me when it was revealed that she was Betty Brant.
The annoyance didn't last long when I remembered that Betty Brant was actually Peter Parker's first girlfriend. Hopefully, she gets a bigger part in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.Â
Annoyed: Pepper Potts
While I'm glad that Gwyneth Paltrow isn't done playing Pepper Potts, the sole scene she was in implied a lot over the course of a few minutes
Are Tony and Pepper going to be
married in Infinity War or are they
simply engaged? What does this mean in terms of Tony's personal life and how
will it affect his character in the upcoming movie? We'll have to wait for
years to find out.
Annoyed: Zendaya as MJ
This isn't a rant on how Zendaya is a bad choice for the role. This is more of an issue on how Sony and Marvel's current partnership problems are manifesting in the actual film.
It boggles me why Zendaya had to play a girl named Michelle even if they're obviously implying that she's just a different version of Mary Jane Watson. Â Why can't she just be Mary Jane?
In my opinion, this shows just how careful Sony is about the characters they're letting Marvel use. As the current deal stands, any characters introduced in the two Spider-Man: Homecoming films will fall under the umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means that Sony will not have sole creative freedom to use these characters as they please (as compared to the upcoming Venom and Black Cat/Silver Sable movies they're currently developing).
Not having Mary Jane Watson in
the MCU just gives Sony the option to use her once their current partnership
Undecided: Aunt May knows Peter is Spider-Man
The ending of Spider-Man: Homecoming was a complete shocker. Past movies have implied it but this is the first time we get concrete evidence that Aunt May knows her nephew goes out at night dressed like a spider.This is a big shake up in their relationship as it is something that isn't even tackled in the comics. It'll be interesting to see what this could potentially mean for their character arcs in the future.
Swoon: Spider-Man turns down the Avengers
I saw this one coming a mile away but it was still great to see it on screen. It sets up an interesting story arc that gives Spider-Man's character a different dimension going into Infinity War.
In the comics, it took 30 years for Spider-Man to officially accept an invitation into the Avengers. The movies won't take that long, but it's still great to see that they're handling the character in a way that is true to its roots.
Â Those are the twists and turns that I thought made this Spider-Man a totally different movie from his past incarnations. With a new story and a new take on the character, one can only guess how Spider will fit into the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe.