‘Stay close to the ground, build up your game helping the little people’~ In less that 20 years, we’ve got 7 films based on Spider-man with 3 different actors playing the role in 3 different franchises. The fact that we are still willing to accept a different version so fast is surprising, although the fact that this one is tied to the MCU maybe played a big part. I remember hearing the news about the Marvel-Sony deal back in 2014 and being excited out of my mind, so how well does Homecoming stand?
Jon Watts decided to focus on a high school Peter even more than previous iterations of the character, and the idea is to follow him in a Harry Potter-style series with each installment focusing on a different year. I think it works, specially because it will be fun to look back and see how far we will have come and watch these characters evolve. Homecoming is a stepping stone in that sense, and although it stands well on its own, it definitely is an open door for bigger and hopefully better things to come.
I’m happy with this, specially Holland as Peter, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture and Jacob Batalon as Ned. For a script that’s credited to 6 writers, it’s nice to see that characters are kept consistent enough. The action can be a bit hit and miss though: for something as exciting as the ferry scene, we then have something like the final showdown. The humor as well can sometimes take too much center stage, drowning emotional scenes of their impact; but for the most part there is a well-kept balance.
Even if sometimes Sony hits us in the head with a hammer screaming ‘WE ARE IN THE MCU NOW’, Homecoming is still has its heart in the right place; and has established good enough characters for us to keep following their adventures for years to come. With Far from Home also on the horizon, let’s hope the series can cement itself as it’s own thing and build it’s own success.
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