Iron Man? Iron Man is a damn villain. The bad guy in Spider-Man: Homecoming only broke bad after Stark used his political influence to screw him out of a city contract. Peter Parker is basically motivated by the fact that Stark trusts him to fight the good guys but not to fight the bad guys. Or just doesn’t care. I would say he delegated overseeing Spider-Man to an incompetent underling, but there is no indication he gave any actual direction to do any actual oversight. Stark used Spider-Man and then tried to forget about him. Oh, and that Reason You Suck speak he gives Parker two-thirds of the way through the movie? All bull. He even tries to pat himself on the back for recruiting a 14-year-old to fight Captain America!
Now that I have that off my chest, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a very good superhero movie, a damn fine high school movie, and, uh, not quite exactly a Spider-Man movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming does finally answer the age-old question: what if Spider-Man needed to get somewhere but he was in the suburbs?
Homecoming does a lot of things right. It’s funny. It keeps the right tone. It’s unabashed about heroism. There is one great twist. The action scenes don’t bog down into a series of inconsequential CGI explosions. There is only one bad guy! (Keaton turns in a pitch perfect performance.) No origin story! This is Spider-Man’s seventh movie in the last fifteen years. We know who he is and what he can do.
Homecoming gets a lot of mileage out of keeping Spidey away from skyscrapers. It’s cool! And, uh, a bit much. The originally trilogy was pretty much a love letter to NYC. Kinda Spidey’s thing! Keeping him away from skyscrapers entirely is a mistake. This comes back to the whole “not quite exactly a Spider-Man movie” thing.
I’m still a little bitter that they didn’t stick it out and make a fourth Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire. I want an adult Spider-Man stuck in a troubled marriage with Mary Jane, damnit! But I won’t complaint, because Homecoming is one of my top-five all-time superhero movies.