Following his brief cameo in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man gets his own outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s the latest rebranding of the web-slinger following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s 21st century efforts but given it’s affiliation with the Avengers franchise, it’s difficult to compare this modernised vision of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
After his bout with Captain America, a 15-year-old Peter Parker (Holland) must come back down to reality and tackle his everyday teenage life of school and girls as well as his relationship with his aunt May (Melissa Tomei). This all proves tricky once he considers himself an official Avenger, pestering Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) for more involvement in the initiative.
After crossing paths with supernatural arms dealer, The Vulture (Michael Keaton), Peter can’t help but put everything else in his life on hold and find a way to prove that he is worthy of Avenger status.
Director Jon Watts brings a melancholic and indie tone to the superhero, in particular during the scenes where we see Peter step away from his Spider-Man duties. There’s plenty of charm and humour with Holland an important catalyst in that as well as the teenage based pop soundtrack playing behind it all.
Ultimately, the movie is a small component of something much bigger, with Avengers: Infinity War to come next year and that certainly modernises the Spider-Man brand, but there is still a sense of independence the movie that is refreshing to see.
There’s plenty to admire in Spider-Man: Homecoming as it does a good job of balancing it’s own world with the broader Avengers universe. With that in mind, it’s hard to compare it with Sam Raimi’s noughties trilogy and the two rather forgotten rebrandings in 2012 with Andrew Garfield. It’s a completely new reimagining of the character, which won’t blow audiences away by any means, but will charm viewers nevertheless.