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Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

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Tom Holland
Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Michael Keaton
Adrian Toomes, Vulture
Robert Downey Jr.
Tony Stark, Iron Man
Marisa Tomei
May Parker
Jon Favreau
Happy Hogan
Gwyneth Paltrow
Pepper Potts
Zendaya
Michelle
Donald Glover
Aaron Davis
Bokeem Woodbine
Herman Schultz, Shocker No. 2
Tyne Daly
Anne Marie Hoag
Hannibal Buress
Coach Wilson
Kenneth Choi
Principal Morita
Martin Starr
Mr. Harrington
Jon Watts
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Jon Watts
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Chris McKenna
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Erik Sommers
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Louis D'Esposito
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Victoria Alonso
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Patricia Whitcher
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Jeremy Latcham
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Stan Lee
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Avi Arad
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Matthew Tolmach
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Salvatore Totino
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Dan Lebental
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Debbie Berman
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  • Mar 23, 2021
    Tom Holland is the perfect Spider-Man. It's not clear who really cast Tom Holland -- Kevin Feige/Amy Pascal, the Russo Brothers and possibly even Robert Downey Jr. Apparently it was an epic audition session between RDJ and Holland and you could see that chemistry between them when Peter Parker is first introduced in Captain America Civil War. Holland just embodies the giddiness of a teenager who is torn between doing good things, playing with his powers, and those hard crushes you get at that age. And his interchanges with Happy are fabulous. Who would've thought that Jon Favreau after helping kickstart the MCU would bring such levity as a side character. Michael Keaton stands out as a great villain. Gruff and no-bullshit, that scene where he realizes Peter Parker is Spider-Man in the car while driving him with his daughter to Homecoming is just so intense and priceless. The soundtrack is also a banger -- ever since Guardians of the Galaxy, they seem to have learned that adding great tunes elevates a movie. Sony was SOOOOO smart making a deal with Marvel. That "flashback' scene where you see the epic airport battle through Peter's camera is such a great tie-in. They seem to nail the cliffhanger endings in these latest Spider-Man films as well. At the end, Peter doesn't notice Aunt May standing behind him as he removes his mask and she yells "What the f---" before we cut to credits.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2019
    A lackluster villain leaves us wanting just a bit more from the film. Holland is great as a teenage "superhero".
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2018
    It should be noted that, out of everything that I loved as a child, Spider-Man was one of those. Of course, I'd have to say that it trailed behind the Terminator, X-Men, Batman, TMNT, and Power Rangers of the world. And, really, if I'm being honest, I liked Venom more than Spider-Man. That's why, when Spider-Man 3 (and this is back when Tobey Maguire was still Spider-Man) announced that Venom would be (what I assumed to be) the main villain of the film, the little kid in me was chomping at the bit. Of course, we all know how Spider-Man 3 turned out. It's the worst of the franchise and, I'm sure, to some people, one of the worst major superhero movies of all time. To say that Venom was a disappointment is an understatement, given that his appearance was very limited, like as in only left for the 3rd act instead of having him run roughshod as the main villain, forgetting all the nonsense with Sandman and all the other bullshit in that movie. Regardless, I'd still say that, as a kid, I was a Spider-Man fan. Obviously that fandom has dissipated since I, say, turned 13. But I've always been interested in following the franchise and now that Marvel Studios has reached a deal where they share the film rights to the character with Sony, they can finally introduce him to their larger universe. And, of course, with Civil War and Infinity War, they did just that. Having said all of that, though, and this might be a controversial statement to some, but I feel that Tom Holland is already the best out of the three actors who have played Spider-Man in films, at least since 2002. Tobey Maguire will, probably, always be the most associated with the character and Andrew Garfield, really, probably won't be remembered as well. I'm not saying that Toby and Andrew did a poor job, far from it. Then again, Tobey had some cringe-worthy scenes in the original trilogy. As did Andrew Garfield. But the reason I feel that Tom Holland is already the best Spider-Man is for one reason and one reason only. And that is the fact that he actually feels like a teenager in high-school. Tom is a very young man, he's 22, but he's got a very youthful appearance and his voice definitely helps him. So, to me, he can believably play a teen. And just the way he acts, with the energetic introductory minutes when he's filming his meeting Tony Stark and then filming the airport battle, it just feels far more authentic than Tobey and Andrew's portrayal. The issue with those two, to me, is that they were very clearly actors (both in their late-20s by the time of their first appearance as the character) pretending to be teens. Tom's performance, again, feels more authentic and, therefore, more believable. The thing about Tom, also, is that he's clearly very likable and that lends itself to a character like Spider-Man, where he's a meant to be a bit of a scrawny kid. Scrawny kids everywhere can look at him and relate to him and, maybe, even live vicariously through him. Another positive to me is that the movie isn't an origin story in the slightest. You don't get to see how he became Spider-Man. He's already been Spider-Man for two months at the film's start. There's no Uncle Ben and how he tragically died. Maybe some comic book nerds hate that, but it's a story that has already been told twice. For this second reboot, they needed to do something different. Something that we haven't seen before, from this character at least. The fact that Peter Parker has already been Spider-Man for a couple of months at the start of the film frees up the writers to just get down to the nitty-gritty. If they had done an origin story, who knows how much time that would have taken up and then to establish a villain that feels like an actual threat, I just feel like there wouldn't be enough time to do all of these things and to do them well. The simpler, no-frills approach allows them to hit the ground running. I also like the idea that Peter is on this Stark Internship that's, basically, a series of tests to show Tony Stark that Peter is, in fact, ready to join the Avengers and be part of the team. So, in exchanging the origin story, you still get that part where Peter is still trying to figure out his powers and what exactly to do with them. The entire movie is a learning process for him. And I like that, it's far more believable than just having a few scenes where Tobey's Spidey, as an example, would just tumble around and fall off buildings while learning the truth strength of his powers. This, really, is an entire movie of that. And, in my opinion, that allows you to learn more about the character, given that he's still not in full control of his abilities as a result of the fact that he's still just 15 years old. So, yea, I liked that more grounded approach to the superhero lore. Obviously, there's still the over-the-top action you've come to expect from Spider-Man, where he uses his agility and his web shooters to tie up evildoers up in crazy ways. Having said that, I commend the movie for, again, taking a more grounded and 'believable' approach to the characters. But there's a couple of issues I have with that. Look, I have friends who live in New York, but as a setting for a film, particularly one like this, it's really played out. The reason I say this is that the last Marvel movie I saw (Thor: Ragnarok) took place in a beautifully vibrant and exciting world. Guardians of the Galaxy takes place in strange planets as well. Doctor Strange has incredibly crazy and surreal visuals. And that's not even talking about movies that I haven't seen like Black Panther and Infinity War. Who knows where those films go, visually speaking at least. So, with everything that you've seen out of Marvel and the craziness attached to how they approach their world design, just New York City as a setting is, honestly, a little bland. I'm not saying that NYC, as a whole, is bland, since that city is full of personality and life. But, again, this is in comparison to what I've seen of late from Marvel Studios' own movies. There are also still the same issues with the villains in the MCU being more like 'villains of the week' instead of being actually memorable characters. I don't know how Vulture plays out in the comics and if he's one of Spidey's most memorable villains, but the character just does nothing for me here. I mean, as far as motivations go, he's probably got some of the best. The rich (ie: Tony Stark) screwed him out of a contract to pick up salvage from the Battle of New York from the original Avengers, I'm assuming, by the Stark corporation. So, to ge back at Stark, Vulture proceeds to become sort of an advanced weapons dealer using the Chitauri technology that he and his crew already salvaged. That's all fine and good, but I feel that there's nothing to Vulture as a character, other than him being the father of Peter's crush, Liz. Michael Keaton is great, as always, but the character definitely needed a lot of work and, from what I understand, he's coming back for the sequel. And it'll be interesting where they pick things up with him, given how everything ended here between himself and Peter. But, back to the positives, while I wouldn't call the film hilarious, I do like the lighter tone. It doesn't take itself as seriously as one might have expected and it's to the benefit of this film. Because, in my opinion, this ends up feeling like an 80s teen comedy (ala John Hughes) mixed in with a superhero flick. And, honestly, that's not something that I thought I'd ever see. I'll be honest, in spite of all the positives I've mentioned about this flick, I felt that there was something honestly missing. I never felt that it was anything more than good. Even after Tony took Peter's enhanced suit away and Peter was forced to, really, become his own man (so to speak) for the first time and take care of matters himself with his own shitty, DIY costume. I thought that was good character progression, since you got to see Peter mature. But, and I suppose this is what the beginning of every franchise is, but this felt like a glorified starting point for bigger and, hopefully, better things. This was a way to reintroduce the character into the wider and larger MCU. Of course, they did so in a way where you don't have to have followed the larger arc to enjoy this movie. But, really, this was just a reintroduction of the character. And, really, it's kinda hard to see that, in my opinion, as a great movie. I don't think this is a great movie nor do I think it was even ever meant to be. It was meant to be a solid popcorn movie, but it's also very obviously the starting point for bigger things. I realize that might sound stupid, but, again, I never felt like this was meant to be a great movie. This sets the stage for the sequel where they will, then, pull out all the stops. I also like the little hints of chemistry between Michelle and Peter, setting up a potential romance in the sequels, given that she's this Spidey's version of Mary Jane. She goes by the initials of MJ, but she's not Mary Jane. As far as building up a sequel, there's a minor post-credit scene where Vulture seems like he's gonna be gunning for Peter if he gets out. There's also a hint of a Sinister Six-like team that could also be gunning or Peter in one of the sequels. So they've set the stage, now all that's left is to follow through. The post-credit scene with Captain America is also pretty funny, given the expectations people now have of Marvel Studios films always having some sort of post-credits scene where something is set-up for the future. People will sit through minutes and minutes and minutes of insufferable credits only to catch a glimpse of what's coming next. Well, this post-credits scene pokes fun at that and I liked it. Definitely very meta, but it was pretty funny. While there's a lot that I liked about this movie, there was nothing about it that I loved. Well, I mean, Tom Holland is pretty great. I'm not saying that there's nothing to see here, since you probably need to see this if you're gonna be invested in the sequels, but I don't feel that there's anything here that's gonna blow anyone away. Again, it provides an enjoyable and good summer blockbuster. It's nothing more than that. So while I would give it a thumbs up, I can't really give it a glowing recommendation. I watched this because I had a Starz free trial on Amazon Prime, so if you have that, then give this a shot. If not, then just wait to see if a friend has the DVD and borrow it from then. I don't feel that there's any reason to actually spend money on this. Still, good enough movie. Looking forward to what the sequels bring to the table.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Holy spandex we're back with another Spider-Man movie. The Raimi movies came to a grinding halt after a well rounded start, and the Marc Webb movies (hehe Webb) never really got off the ground. So Marvel stepped in and secured a deal with Sony to gain back the rights of Spidey, sort of. We were then presented with yet another Spider-Man reboot but this time under the guidance of Marvel (along with Columbia, Amy Pascal and Sony). The plot pretty much does exactly what anyone would expect it to do really. The only difference being this time they have skipped the whole origins part of the tale. We jump straight into the story with Parker already established as Spider-Man (something everyone knows because it follows on from 'Captain America: Civil War'). We do get the origins of this films villain, Adrian Toomes/Vulture, and we do get a lot more of Parker amongst his young high school buddies. But bottom line, Toomes is trying to scavenge Chitauri technology (from 'The Avengers') so he can build and sell advanced weapons. Toomes is essentially an arms dealer and Parker must stop him, the end. So initially we are introduced to Toomes (Michael Keaton) and his men as they salvage Chituari technology. They are stopped and ordered to cease their work at once by the Department of Damage Control (a partnership of Tony Stark and the US government). This pisses off Toomes and he asks his men to stay with him so he can build a powerful suit...and make weapons illegally. Firstly this entails a large operation which I'm not too sure how Toomes manages to keep under wraps. Secondly, why would his men stick by his side knowing they are doing illegal shit? OK they need work, but illegal work? And they help Toomes build his all powerful Vulture suit...why?? Surely alarm bells should be ringing with these blue collar guys by now. From here its back to school with Parker (Tom Holland) and his amazing bunch of diverse friends. Yep just like [i]Star Trek[/i] this movie has taken the tokenistic route by literally representing every group of people with each character. Nothing wrong with that but it always tends to come across as a little too on the nose; a little bit too perfect looking. But anyway in this movie we have a young girl called Zendaya playing a spunky character called MJ who isn't the classic MJ we all know of. Yes for some reason the powers that be thought it would be cool to play with everyone's mind by making us think they race swapped MJ. But then they went and race swapped Flash Thompson for real so...hurray? Of course to blend in with present society this MJ is a kind of weird emo SJW type who refuses to go up the Washington Monument on a school field trip because she claims it was built by slaves...ugh!! Thing is no one actually knows for sure if said monument was constructed by slaves, so this line comes across sounding very smug and stupid. The idea of updating Flash to a more nerdy looking, book smart, spoilt, wealthy rich kid was a nice idea but ultimately it just didn't work. Flash needs to have a bigger frame than Parker for this confrontation to work, visually at least. Although Tony Revolori did a fine job he just didn't come across as threatening in any way and the whole idea just fell flat. I realise they went for a more fun jokey angle but it just didn't work, for me anyway. I mean they could of at least cast a bigger person surely. Then again we have another character with the same name as the original comicbook character (Ned) but we aren't sure (yet) if its the same person. But seeing as this movies Ned is played by a rather large chap (Jacob Batalon), and in the comics Ned becomes the Hobgoblin, I'd say it isn't the same guy. Liz Allan, Parker's love interest has also been race swapped, oh and they also race swap Shocker within the movie for good measure. As for Holland's portrayal of Parker/Spidey, is it the best version thus far? Yes I'd say so, but mainly because he is just about the correct age, and looks it. This has been the issue with previous Spidey movies, the fact that Parker/Spidey just looked too damn old and was also too damn moody. This time they have successfully captured the light-hearted, youthful, bubbly, optimistic side of Spider-Man; heck you could almost see speech bubbles popping up over his head every time he spoke. So yes overall Holland has the youthful looks, he genuinely looks fit and athletic (not overloaded with muscles), and his acting chops fit the bill perfectly. My only issue would be his suit which was [b]way[/b] too over the top with Stark technology. Drop all that gadgetry and we're good. But lets cut to the chase here, there was only one stand out element in this movie and that was Michael Keaton as Toomes. I'm gonna be brutally frank here, most of this movie was a wash, rinse and repeat scenario in my opinion. Yes Holland is the perfect Spidey and yes the visual are of course good. But the main action sequences were the same shit we've all seen before. Hero saves his friends from disaster. Hero saves a load of people from a big disaster, in this case stopping a ferry from splitting in two which was basically ridiculous in so many ways. Hero faces off against guy in super suit. Hero saves the day with more carnage at the end...yet no emergency services turn up? Usual Marvel hero quips throughout and Happy Hogan was an annoying asshole. This movie was all about Keaton and his creepy yet grounded performance as the Vulture. Yeah OK the Vulture is essentially Doc Ock in this movie, its the same basic thing just replace tentacles with wings. But by Jove does Keaton nail this roll, its like he was born for comicbook roles. He goes from an average blue collar boss to a somewhat maniacal villain, and then to a loving father and family man, all in one fell swoop (no pun intended). The fact that Toomes own daughter starts dating Parker is obviously the highlight of the plot. The sequence where Toomes sniffs Parker out whilst driving him and Liz to their school prom was crackling. In fact this was probably the best sequence in the movie, although I found it odd that Toomes recognises that Parker saved his daughters life and vows to never forget that. Yet he then proceeds to threaten to kill Parker if he messes with his plans further. Errr...he saved your daughter remember? I guess he does Parker that favour by not revealing his identity later on. So yeah, as I've already said. In general, overall, this movie didn't really do much for me simply because I've seen it all before now a shitzillion times. Not only in other comicbook flicks but in other Spider-Man flicks! I genuinely can't understand how so many people get so excited over a movie that is essentially the exact same thing as before, but with a different villain. You could literally swap Spider-Man and the Vulture out of this movie with any other comicbook characters and it would be the same spiel, the same beats. At this point wash, rinse and repeat is an understatement. Yet! The movie is saved by one man, and that man is Michael Keaton. Yes Holland is good but Keaton is better and without him this film would be completely forgettable. As it stands its not entirely forgettable, that is until the nex...oh too late.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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