A year in the wake of presenting Peter Parker as Tony Stark’s mentee in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios presented Tom Holland‘s new manifestation of the character by giving Spider-man his own independent film in the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming. After the debacle that was The Amazing Spider-Man duology, Marvel truly needed to attempt the rendition of the character that would be standard in their true to life universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming brings the character back to back to his basics. As fun and entertaining as it is, though, Spider-Man: Homecoming is not entirely perfect. Here we have compiled 5 things Spider-Man: Homecoming got right and 5 things it got wrong.
1) Right: Skipping The Origin Story
Almost everyone in today’s world knows about the origin story of Spider-man. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, gaining the ability to crawl up walls and swing from webs and sense danger, and used those powers for battling wrongdoing in the city of New York. Sam Raimi‘s version of the origin story absolutely nailed it. Kevin Feige made the smart decision to skip Spidey’s beginnings and jump right into the action in Homecoming.
2) Wrong: Overreliance On Stark Tech
Marvel fans who have read the comics know that the comic version of Spider-man struggles on his own with no outside help. Spidey’s dependence on Stark tech felt like a damage to the character. A portion of the fans who don’t like the MCU’s Spider-Man have nicknamed him Iron Lad since he’s been in Tony Stark’s shadow since the very beginning of his arc.
3) Right: Sympathetic Villain
Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture, had a valid reason to be spiteful against the 1% and twist the standards to accommodate his family. His motivations are understandable, which can’t be said for a lot of MCU villains.
There’s an age-old criticism that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a “villain problem”, mainly because their plans are vague, their motivations are vague, they’re pretty easily defeated in a third-act battle sequence, and they’re virtually indistinguishable from one another.
4) Wrong: Dull Love Interest
In BlacKkKlansman and Netflix’s Hollywood, Laura Harrier has demonstrated that she is a stupendous entertainer with a wide scope of abilities, yet in Spider-Man: Homecoming, she wasn’t given a terrible parcel to do as Peter’s adoration premium, Liz. Liz achieves the unlikely feat of somehow managing to be even more awkward than Peter.
Throughout the whole movie, it’s obvious that Peter had much better chemistry with M.J., played by Zendaya, and the story even builds towards that, so the romance with Liz feels forced.
5) Right: The Vulture Twist
Toward the start of Homecoming’s third act, there’s a stunning unexpected development that cut the house down. Peter shows up at Liz’s home to pick her up for the homecoming dance and rings the doorbell. Her dad opens the door and it’s Adrian Toomes.
He doesn’t realize that Peter is Spider-Man, but Peter knows that his date’s father is an arms-managing supervillain. This prompts a flawlessly composed scene in the vehicle as Toomes drives Peter and Liz to the dance, as he gradually sorts out Peter’s mystery.
6) Wrong: Sexualizing Aunt May
Projecting a more youthful entertainer to play Aunt May inverse a more youthful Peter Parker seemed well and good, and Marisa Tomei has been incredible in the job, however, the movies have unnecessarily sexualized her. Each time she is in a scene with a man other than her nephew, he gawps at her.
7) Right: Inventive Set Pieces
In the making of all previous movies in MCU, the writers, and directors needed to endeavor to make set pieces that felt new and energizing and unique. However, Spider-Man: Homecoming possesses a great deal of them.
From scaling the Washington Monument to spare his companions from a severed lift to hanging off the side of an invisible plane in the finale, Spidey gets into a lot of one of a kind action in Homecoming.
8) Wrong: Bland Direction
Besides a couple of tepid references to John Hughes’ high schooler comedies (some of which are forcefully spot on, like a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off literally playing on a TV during an homage to the same scene), Jon Watts didn’t generally carry anything individual to his course of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel gives its directors enough freedom to put their own personal stamp on each movie, but only the very best — James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler — really put their personality into their movies.
9) Right: Tom Holland’s Peter Parker
It’s frequently been said that Tobey Maguire was an extraordinary Peter Parker and Andrew Garfield was an incredible Spider-Man, however, Tom Holland is an extraordinary Peter Parker and as well as an incredible Spider-Man. To a degree, that is valid. Maguire is still seemingly the best, however, Holland is still fantastic.
Casting Tom Holland as Peter Parker was technically a decision made by the team behind Captain America: Civil War, but a lot of those people also worked on this movie, and keeping in mind that Holland was only a supporting part in an Avengers-sized sandbox in Civil War, he became the overwhelming focus here and demonstrated himself to be more than fit for conveying his own film in Homecoming.
10) Wrong: Focusing On The Wider MCU
Marvel got Sony to deliver a film in which their lead hero goes through two hours asking Robert Downey, Jr. to let him join the Avengers franchise. One of the problems with most MCU movies is that they’re inextricably tied to the wider franchise.
Being fastened to the MCU keeps a ton of these films from truly taking off and building up a personality, and that is the thing that occurs in Spider-Man: Homecoming.