The announcement that Spider-Man would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) delighted fans of the webbed wonder all over the web. It was every fan’s dream come true to see their favorite neighborhood-friendly Spider-Man alongside the rest of Marvel’s superheroes. The latest iteration of Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, stole the show in Captain America: Civil War despite his brief appearance, so when a new solo film was announced as part of the MCU, expectations were understandably high.
After being recently released a few weeks ago, Spider-Man: Homecoming proved to be a hit and could possibly be the best version of Spider-Man the world has seen on screen. Doing so was no easy feat, especially given that Sony had already done two different versions of Spider-Man across the span of multiple films. However, Marvel did many things to make Spider-Man: Homecoming stand tall among the rest of the MCU, and there are 5 things which make the film amazing.
5. A Worthy Villain
In the MCU, the major villains (aside from Loki and Zemo) either lack charisma or are poorly developed. When Vulture was announced as the main villain of Homecoming, I had my doubts and thought this film would be plagued with the same problem that plagued the majority of the films in the MCU. I mean, just look at the original Vulture in the comics – he doesn’t even look like he’s a worthy villain.
Enter Michael Keaton, who brought the character to new heights. Never before have we seen a villain so well-developed and charismatic in an MCU film. His performance is stellar and defined many key moments in Homecoming. Some would stay he stole the show, while some would even say he’s the best villain in the MCU thus far. What made everyone connect with Vulture in Homecoming is the fact that he’s also so human and relatable. If Vulture is a sign of what MCU villains will be like, we can rest assured that we’re in for a treat in the next phase of the MCU. Speaking of treats…
4. A Twisted Plot Twist
Enter Michael Keaton yet again, who is part of the most shocking plot twist in any Spider-Man or MCU film ever. Usually, plot twists are not only predictable, they are expected. However, Homecoming does it right by introducing a plot twist that is actually twisted. The moment when Adrian Toomes opened the door and said he was Liz’s father to an already-aghast Peter Parker was mind-blowing because nobody saw it coming. The plot twist works so well that it gave the “homecoming” part of the film a whole new meaning. The scene is just as powerful as the now-famous scene of Aerith’s death in Final Fantasy VII. It really is that good.
3. No Repetition of Previously Established “Norms”
When a film is remade more than once, the one thing nobody wants to see is the same thing all over again, even if minor variations are made. Fortunately, Homecoming avoids this completely. No repetition of Uncle Ben dying, as that is now common knowledge. And most surprisingly (in a good way), no Oscorp, Norman Osborn and Harry Osborn. These characters were pretty much done to death in the last two versions of Spider-Man, so it’s a breath of fresh air to see Homecoming choosing to a completely different path in terms of establishing Spider-Man’s story.
2. Iron Man Doesn’t Dominate the Film
Captain America: Civil War almost felt like a 4th Iron Man film, with how much screen time and presence Tony Stark had in the film, so when the character was slated to feature in Homecoming, it raised some concern. Fortunately, Iron Man’s appearance in Homecoming is minimal and he gives space to Peter Parker to really grow. Tom Holland’s performance really shines throughout the film, but what’s most interesting is that even in scenes together with Robert Downey Jr and Michael Keaton, both charismatic actors in their own right, Tom Holland really manages to hold his own.
- No Annoying Love Obsession
Tobey Maguire’s version of Spider-Man seemed like a lovesick puppy who was heads-over-heels for MJ who wasn’t even an interesting character in the original trilogy, while Andrew Garfield made Peter Parker seem like an obsessive, troubled lover in his relationship with Gwen Stacy. However, Tom Holland really knows how to keep things cool and not make infatuation becoming annoying. Unlike the previous two iterations where it’s hard to relate to why Peter Parker likes MJ or Gwen Stacy, in Homecoming, we can totally get why he likes Liz, and we can totally understand why he later becomes so conflicted after the revelation that Liz’s father is Adrian Toomes/Vulture. Most importantly, it doesn’t feel cringey or annoying, at all. And that’s good, because that makes us love Spider-Man even more.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of those few films that is just really good. The film sets a high standard for the MCU, and if Marvel were to keep up with these standards or go beyond that, the MCU is bound to dominate. After all, the webs which have been laid have already set things in place.