Well, that was interesting.
By happenstance, my wife Namita heard that Spider-Man: Homecoming would be out early today (Thursday) at select theaters. On a whim, I checked out the local theater near us, and lo and behold, we’ve got show times. Josh went to his math tutoring class, and Lily and I picked up tickets. The kids and I later made dinner, my wife was on the way back from her business trip, and we all showed up at the theater for an 8 pm showing, reserved seats and all.
The film has Tom Holland returning as Peter Parker, and stars Michael Keaton (love him) as Adrian Toomes (“Vulture”). We’ve got plenty of other cameos and supporting roles, such as Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donald Glover, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Hannibal Buress, and even Chris Evans reprising his role as Steve Rogers. I counted a number of traditional Spider-Man rogues and members of the Sinister Six — the Shocker, the Tinkerer, and the Scorpion. That was cool.
The film runs 140 minutes, and it begins with a connection to The Avengers (2012), and then Captain America: Civil War (2016) where we are first introduced to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man character. Without giving away too much, Peter is jazzed and thinks he’s now going on missions with the Avengers, but no, Tony wants him to stay safe at home. Peter is juggling his school work, teenage social life drama, and wanting to stop the real criminals (not just bicycle thieves.) At the same time, we’ve got this secondary, more serious plot-line with the villains led by Toomes out acquiring and selling advanced weapons technology. The film does a nice job bringing the two story lines together.
This is very much a heartfelt film about a teenager who also wants to be a superhero. I liked it. Go see it. Two end-credits scenes, btw. First is good. Second is a funny bit.