Hold on to your web fluid,
everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spiderman got a sixth movie this month: Spider-Man: Homecoming
After five films of the web-slinging superhero swooping about New York, what makes Spider-Man: Homecoming so special?
First of all, many fans are excited about this new film because it marks Spider-Man’s integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means more Spider-Man and him mingling with other popular superheroes like Ironman, Captain America, The Hulk, etc. Another thing that sets Homecoming apart from its predecessors is that it doesn’t repeat his origin story.
Everyone knows the story of Peter Parker: the nerdy high schooler from Queens becoming a snack for a radioactive spider but Spider-Man: Homecoming skips that bit. Instead, it emphasizes Parker’s imminent struggles with growing up and finding a date to homecoming.
Directed by Jon Watts,
the film plays like a coming-of-age story – that is, if you were part spider.
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) desperately waits for class to end so he can strip down to his spidey-suit and take care of the local bike thieves. But he’s constantly wanting to do more, to go after more villainous bad guys, much to Tony Stark’s (Spider-Man’s mentor/father figure) dislike. When The Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges, Spiderman has his work cut out for him.
While he’s struggling with this new super villain, Parker also tries his best to be a normal teenager and has a huge crush on the illustrious debate team president, Liz (Laura Harrier). The awkward and shy Peter Parker is challenged with balancing his superhero life with his academic and social life. Balancing different aspects of life is something we can all relate to and Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that through Parker’s real-world conflicts.
The film’s cinematographer, Salvatore Totino (he also did Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code), certainly had fun with Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie has breathtaking views of the city along with dynamic shots of Spider-Man zipping through the city or eating a churro on a fire escape. Frame composition is impressive in that it provides influence for the narrative. This creative cinematography is something the other Spider-Man films lacked and will hopefully continue in future Marvel films.
Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming creates a lighthearted and relatable adventure while providing the same action-packed experience expected by the superhero genre. It allows its audience to follow the adorably nerdy Peter Parker in a fresh and unique way with exciting cinematography. The film welcomes new and old superhero fans for a down-to-earth and potentially nostalgic trip that bleeds potential. This web-slinging superhero may have a dull past, in terms of his movies, but he certainly has a bright future.
Written by: Aubrey Elder