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By Jose Jara



Hey guys! Just your friendly neighborhood review man coming to tell you what’s the deal with this third attempt at introducing us to Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man.

Already having had a glimpse of this younger Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, the outlook already seemed promising at what route Marvel was going to weave in order to thread in Spider-Man into their billion-dollar superhero movie franchise. For some people like myself, I questioned how many new Spider-Men be will have to be churned out for viewers to just give up and say, “no thank you.” I believe that time hasn’t come just yet thanks to the perfectly molded choice of Tom Holland as our youngest Spidey to web the screens.

The movie begins with young Peter Parker just coming off a mental high after having been recruited by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to take part in the Avengers battle between each other. Looking forward to his next Avenger mission, Peter is left wanting more, but only getting in return a reluctant baby sitter known as Happy Hogan (Jon Favreu) whom Tony Stark assigns to look after Peter from a distance, and to answer any nagging questions Parker may have via cellphone. On another side of town, a demolition city contractor named Adrian Loomes (Michael Keaton) is left bitter after he loses a demolition contract to none other than Tony Stark, but finds a way to capitalize financially on this high-tech alien technology that was left over from a previous Avengers battle. Loomes masterminds to use this alien technology and merge it with human weaponry in order to create out of this world firepower and sell them to any criminals looking for an edge. Using this technology, Loomes makes himself as the villainous Vulture, which he suits up as in order to steal more alien gear from Tony Stark just to continue to mass produce these lethal alien weapons.

Sidelined, but still motivated, Peter continues to sling his way throughout his neighborhood as Spider-Man, stopping bike thieves, providing the elderly with directions, and waiting for Tony Stark to make him an official member of the Avengers. Throughout all this excitement, Peter still has to live out his high school life as a sophomore student alongside his best friend, Ned (Jacob Batalon), who learns early on about Peter’s secret identity, and is aching to have Peter use his superhero skills to make them a smidge popular at school.

This movie does something so well that the other Spider-Man films didn’t invest the time to do, and that is to primarily put the focus of Peter Parker’s school adventures. Spider-Man homecoming is at its best when you see Peter as a young teenage kid with incredible powers, just trying to adapt to his role as a hero, and still having to battle with the high school drama that every adolescent goes through. Tom Holland brings the naïve young hero to life with an innocent wide-eyed approach that naturally fumbles through high school doing the best he can with the responsibility he has been accidentally gifted with. The other high school characters like Michelle (Zendaya) as the emo female teenager who is ready to dish out zingers at Peter and Ned works fabulously throughout the movie. Flash (Tony Revolori) who has the task of being Peter’s school bully does a great job at not teetering over to a dark hateful character, but just the right kind of pettiness that makes the film really bring these school scenes to a more life-like enjoyable experience of Peter’s student life.

Mind you, the movie isn’t groundbreaking. The story is predictable as far as knowing that the climax of this film is going to take place during the high school homecoming dance. The movie doesn’t overdue it on Peter’s puppy love interest, and also leaves plenty of intrigue with who will be the iconic Mary Jane. Spider-Man Homecoming has enough of a promising beginning to leave viewers intrigued to seeing this young Peter mature to into the hero he is destined to be. All in all, this new Spidey had enough of my review senses tingling for a sequel.