Movie Review Of "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

“Spider-Man:Homecoming,” is a 2017 Marvel Comics action movie featuring a teenage superhero, Spider-Man, and his adventures.  Spider-Man Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie. The following films are the previous movies: Spider-Man 2002, Spider-Man 2 2004, Spider-Man 3 2007, The Amazing Spider-Man 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 with the seventh movie projected for 2019.

This rather violent movie, directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown, Our Robocop Remake, TV Onion News Network) has aspects of the earlier Avenger movie, "Captain America: Civil War." This movie shows Spider-Man or teenage Peter Parker (Tom Holland, "In the Heart of the Sea," "The Lost City of Z," "Captain America: Civil War") at the Midtown School of Science and Technology in New York City. Spider-Man is anxious to continue his crime fighting activities. One evening he interrupts and prevents some criminals, with some advanced weapons, from robbing an ATM.

It turns out that the advanced weapons come from the designers at a salvage company contracted to clean up the city after the Battle of New York from the previous Avengers’ movie, "Captain America: Civil War." Adrian Toomes or the villain, Vulture, (Michael Keaton, "Batman," "Batman Returns," "American Assassin") is angry that their work has been taken over by the government. Tony Stark or Iron Man, (Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man movies, Avengers Movies, Sherlock Holmes movies) and an agency, Department of Damage Control or DODC, have taken over the recovery operations. Vulture persuades his workers to keep the advanced weapons technology already found, improve, and sell these weapons. However, Spider-Man had returned to his and his aunt’s Queens apartment after his stopping the ATM robbers, but his identify has been discovered by his best friend, Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon, "Every Day.")

During an attempt by the crooked salvage company to sell the alien technology to the gangster Aaron Davis (Danny Glover, "The Martian," "The Lazarus Effect") Spiderman again interrupts the sale. The salvage company, including characters such as Jackson W. Brice returns to its hideout. There, the Vulture or Adrian Toomes is angered by their failure. The Vulture, in error using an alien disintegration weapon, kills Brice. He then gives Brice’s shock glove to the new Shocker or Herman Schultz.

Spider-Man also saves the criminal Aaron Davis. However, Spider-Man nearly drowns due to getting tangled up by his suit’s parachute. He is rescued by Tony Shark who has been following Spider-Man’s suit with a tracking device. Tony also warns Spider-Man to avoid these crime fighting antics.

Spider-Man then tracks the new Shocker to Maryland, and as a cover, rejoins the school’s multi-event track squad in Washington D.C. In the meantime, Spider-Man and Ned also disabled Tony Stark’s tracking device on his suit, and they unlock some of the suit’s special features. In conducting more anti-criminal actions, Spider-Man goes to the Washington Monument, where an exploding power core, has trapped Ned and other friends in an elevator. Spider-Man rescues them. One of the friends includes Peter Parker’s love interest, Liz (Laura Harrier, 4th Man Out, One Life to Live, model).

Peter Parker asks Liz, who is the Vulture’s daughter but unknown as such to Peter, to a school dance. The Vulture or Adrian Toomes, in driving Peter and Liz to the dance, realizes Peter is Spider-Man, and threatens him if he interferes with the Vulture’s plans. Peter leaves the dance, getting on his old suit. Going to the Vulture’s lair, Spider-Man tries to stop Vulture from hijacking a DODC plane carrying weapons to a new Avenger’s headquarters. Vulture nearly kills Spider-Man in a collapsing building, but he escapes. He saves the DODC plane by crashing it on Coney Island’s beach with the weapons intact.  A continuing problem with the newer Spider-Man movies is how the hero, Spider-Man, can remain the important hero when various Avenger characters are woven into the plots. Near the end of this film, Spider-Man’s identity may be compromised by his Aunt May Parker (Marisa Tomei, a past girl friend of Robert Downey Jr., "My Cousin Vinny," "Ides of March," "Captain America: Civil War") possibly learning Peter Parker’s secret. This movie is recommended for older youth and on up.

Bob Rittenhouse

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