'Spider-Man: Homecoming' review: Film reignites one of comicdom's greats

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08 July, 2017

Coming Soon reports that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures' new film Spider-Man: Homecoming has earned $15.4 million in Thursday night previews in 3,450 theaters.

"Tom Holland's ideal casting as Peter Parker/Spider-Man (whose introduction over a year ago in "Captain America: Civil War" set off a social media frenzy), great early reviews, and strong early exit polling is fueling what is expected to be one of the biggest debuts of the summer", he added.

For those not interested in superhero fare, the highly regarded romantic comedy "The Big Sick" also arrives this week, as does the post-apocalyptic indie drama "The Survivalist". More than just fan-service, this iteration is the "Spider-Man" movie that you didn't know you needed.

Even without the little nods the post-credits scene includes, it's also just one of the most self-aware and amusing post-credits scenes Marvel has done since the Avengers' bonding moment over shawarma in 2012.

Vulture doesn't instantly kill him or tear him apart when he discovers who he is.

This builds into the other major dynamic of the film, which is where Peter fits in with the Avengers and his "boss" Tony Stark, played again, with quiet reserve this time by Robert Downey Jr. Along the way, Parker stumbles across a bigger villain to catch: Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, a blue collar dad who's just trying to feed his family by moonlighting as Vulture and selling alien weapons to thieves. If he doesn't get a best supporting actor nod for this movie there is no justice in the world.

In the Marvel Knights: Spider-Man series, which launched in late 2004, Gargan was a host for the Venom symbiote.

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The real problem, though, is that Stark reasserts himself, jumping in to save Spider-Man in moments in which Spider-Man deserved to be the hero. He tries, endearingly, to prove his mettle on his own as he waits idly in Queens for a call from Tony Stark - giving directions to the elderly, retrieving stolen bikes and doing flips on command.

Like many fictional characters, Spidey gets a most helpful sidekick and one who knows his secret identity. It is a great addition to the Spider-Man canon and that is a huge part because of Michael Keaton's performance as the Vulture.

Marvel realized the responsibility of making a Spider-Man film that did the character justice.

Despite the film sporting six writing credits, it came together as a comprehensive comic book tale that's as fresh as it is fun. She was bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker.

Even the most casual fan will enjoy this movie.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments; running time: 133 minutes. Despite the presence of Iron Man as a looming shadow over Spider-Man's heroics, Spider-Man: Homecoming endured nonetheless on charm and creativity rather than overwrought plot and cartoon violence.


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