A new spin on Spider-Man


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Spider-Man: Homecoming was a Marvel-ous makeover for the Spider-Man franchise. Picking up where it left off in Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe tells the tale of high school student Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in an enjoyable and hilarious way.

The film begins with a brief recap of Captain America: Civil War through the eyes (more like the smartphone) of Peter Parker. Ever since Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) gave Spider-Man his new suit, he has been patrolling the streets of New York looking for trouble. Spider-Man finds the trouble he’s been looking for; however, Stark believes it may be too much for Parker to handle and advises him to back down. But Parker is eager to prove himself, and is willing to risk his life and friends to stop the villains.

First off, I appreciate that in this version of Spider-Man, Parker is actually a high school student. The actors not only look like, but portray themselves flawlessly as characters younger than themselves, especially Tom Holland, who did a fantastic job acting as a geeky sophomore genius by day and a web-slinging hero by night. Additionally, Spider-Man’s punny attitude while fighting and confronting villains is difficult to find in other superhero movies, but it adds humor and character to the young hero, which is something I’d like to see more of.

Like most movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this one was full of humor to lighten up the tone. Spider-Man: Homecoming appeals to all sorts of audiences and fills the theater with laughter countless times. Parker is definitely a character I’d like to see more of as the Marvel Universe progresses.

The plot was well thought out and executed; however, I was expecting to see recurring characters from the previous Spider-Man films such as Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane, and it was a bit disappointing when they didn’t show up. But they were replaced with other characters, giving a fresh, interesting twist to the franchise. Also, Tony Stark made frequent appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming as well, which is different from the previous movies. Fortunately, Stark’s appearances did not steal the limelight away from Parker, but only pushed the plot along.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was definitely not a disappointment, but instead an intriguing take on Spider-Man. It’s an enjoyable experience for audiences of all ages, whether you’re a Marvel fan or not. It’s a film that deserves to be watched.