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SpiderMan Homecoming is finally approaching, and it’s a wonderful comeback to form for one of the greatest superheroes ever to grace the silver screen. The critics are praising this unexpected re-reboot as one of the best MCU movies ever, and for good reason; the sixteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is whimsical, interesting, romantic, and fully entertaining from start to finish.
Tom Holland’s take on the character is quite younger than the previous versions played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, but the movie is not simplified for a younger audience or anything like that. Continuing on from the character’s debut in the events of Captain America Civil War, this friendly-neighborhood SpiderMan version is smoothly added into Marvel’s cinematic playground, and director Jon Watts gets tremendous mileage from bouncing the character off of beloved characters’ like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), with loads of MCU references thrown in for equal parts continuity and comedy.
SpiderMan Homecoming will make a return in Avengers Infinity War movie and Avengers 4, as well as the Homecoming sequel which will mark the beginning of Marvel’s Phase 4. Until then, let’s analyze all the great moments, interludes, and wild fight scenes in Spider-Man’s first starring role in an MCU film. With that in mind, there are surely tons of SPOILERS from the movie, including the ending and yet unrevealed cameos.
5. AVENGERS 2012 OPENING
There was some afterthought when SpiderMan Homecoming was first announced. Would the event be set before or after Spider-Man’s initial appearance in Captain America Civil War?
Taking a cue from Ant-Man‘s time-shifted cold open, the first scene of SpiderMan Homecoming occur in 2012, but it doesn’t feature Peter Parker. Rather, it’s an origin story for The Vulture – Adrian Toomes. Fitting his future villainous alias, Toomes runs a salvage operation, and he has just invested loads of money to get prepared for helping to clean up the mess after The Battle of New York happened in The Avengers.
The scene is set in the instant aftermath of the Earth-changing event, in the battered ruins of Grand Central Station. Toomes and his crew are about to get started with raking in some major salvage dough, but then Damage Control, a joint venture between Tony Stark and the US Government, steps in, shuts them down, and takes over. Not so happy with this defeat lying down, Toomes then decides to steal loads of alien tech; hence, beginning his crime and super-villainy path.
4. A FILM BY PETER PARKER
Following the 2012 scene, the Marvel Studios logo appears (with a fancy variation of the classic 1960s SpiderMan theme), and audiences are greeted with a curious, yet hilarious title card: “A film by Peter Parker.” Peter’s introduction to the movie is a cell phone video he made filming his trip to Germany to take part in the legendary airport battle shown in Captain America Civil War (2016).
The viewers get a camera’s-eye-view of classic moments from SpiderMan stealing Captain America’s shield to the transformation into Giant Man of Ant Man. In addition to these crowd-pleasing moments shown from a new perspective, the sequence grants a glimpse at events happened behind the scenes like Spider Man getting his fancy new Stark-tech suit, along with his interesting interactions with Happy Hogan. Jon Favreau, director of the original two Iron Man movies, repeats his Hogan role here, for the first time since Iron Man 3 (2013).
3. RAMONES FRIENDLY-NEIGHBORHOOD MONTAGE
One of the strongest points of SpiderMan Homecoming is that it does not aim to be a noble global epic like The Avengers, and it doesn’t position its main character as an extremely powerful demigod but he’s rather just a kid from Queens who happens to have super abilities. He’s not professionally skilled with them yet, but he’s learning, and getting better with time.
To articulate the low-level crimes and problems that SpiderMan faces, the film contains a sequence where, after leaving school, Peter leaves his stuff in an alley, suits up, and goes to work, triggering a musical montage of Spidey in action, set to the Ramones classic, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” He stops a bike robbery, gives directions to a lost traveler, and moreover helps the denizens of Queens feel safer.
2. THERE AREN’T ENOUGH TALL BUILDINGS IN QUEENS
Of course, it’s only a matter of time before the “friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man” faces with a bigger threat. After being assaulted by weapons made from re-purposed alien tech during a low-level ATM robbery, SpiderMan personally appoints himself to the case, tracking the weapons dealers down in charge of these dangerous next-gen implements of destruction.
When the time finally comes to chase a van filled with weapons and Toomes’ men, we hope to see SpiderMan take to the skies, swinging between skyscrapers with his web and dancing across the city with the grace and agility of a super-powered ballerina. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen.
Queens is a large part of New York City, and its architecture changes between neighborhoods. This car chasing scene happens in a park on the outskirts of the suburbs with absolute no no tall buildings from which SpiderMan can perform his signature acrobatic feats of gymnastic elegance. Instead, he has to exasperatedly run across a golf course, fail at swinging from low-hanging branches, and likewise engage in a humorous and exciting chase which is simply distinguished from anything else seen in a SpiderMan homecoming movie to date, ending in a genuinely shocking appearance from The Vulture, who saves his troops and almost kills our hero.
1. “I GUESS NOW YOU’RE THE SHOCKER”
In the lead-up to the movie’s release, some fans were rattled by the news that Homecoming would feature three of the classic SpiderMan nemesis, with The Tinkerer and The Shocker appearing along with The Vulture. However, the movie reveals that Tinkerer and Shocker are just simply part of Vulture’s crew, and are subordinate to him.
After saving his men from SpiderMan Homecoming in the earlier said car chase, Michael Keaton’s Vulture then has words with his crew, particularly the hot-headed Shocker, who he ultimately decides to kick off of the crew. Afterward, Toomes shoots his former employee with an alien weapon, killing him immediately.
However, this is a not a revengeful move but rather an accident. While not exactly repulsed by his accidental act of murder, Toomes tells Tinkerer that he initially meant to reach for an Anti-Gravity rifle, not a lethal armament. In any case, Toomes doesn’t mourn for long. He takes the Shocker Gauntlet from the pile of dust and gives it to his other subordinate, claiming, “I guess now you’re The Shocker.”