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Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Best One Yet.


The Good:

Probably the best and most accurate Spider-Man that we’ve seen.

It’s incredibly funny and had a ton of emotional heart.

The special effects are incredibly well done.

It forms strong ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Bad:

The timeline appears to be a major mistake, but we’ll have to wait for more.

It’s hard to follow the action in a few fight scenes.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Spoiler Review

This is the best Spider-man movie I’ve ever seen. There’s really no debating that. After six movies and three different spidey’s in the last 15 years, Sony finally got it right and Director John Watts has secured a $117 million opening weekend and likely a bright future for his career. Of course, this movie is really the product of an unprecedented partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios – a partnership that seems to be working very well. (Listen to our complete review below where one of the hosts gives the movie a 10/10!)

The Best Spider-Man Movie Yet

Part of the reason Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds where others have failed is because it accurately captures what High School would be like for a superhero. We see Spidey very scared about scaling a tall building. He struggles to drive a car. He wrestles with the choice of showing up at a party to ensure his popularity or investigating a potential threat.

Homecoming never loses sight of the fact that Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) is first and foremost a High School student. This offers a freshness to the film, since other versions have positioned him as a hero first, and high schooler second.  

Not A Rehash

Marvel and Sony take it one step further by not rehashing the spider bite origin story that we’ve seen several times in comics, animated shorts, and, of course, on the big screen. In fact, at one point Peter turns to his friend Ned (brilliantly played by Jacob Batalon) and says, “The Spider is dead Ned.”

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming is Incredibly Funny

Where the screenplay writers – all six of them – really shine is with their comedy. Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are the primary leaders in this effort. The pair behind Vacation and Horrible Bosses, bring an immense amount of fresh comedy to the film. Spider-man finds his web-slinging powers are useless on a golf course. He is asked to do flips by New York citizens. He even accidentally stops someone from “stealing” their own car.

The writers were amazing at showing Peter as an awkward superhero because – and here’s that theme again – he’s just a kid. He’s not an Iron Man, full grown man announcing his presence at a press conference. Nope, Peter Parker is just working on getting a date for Homecoming.

 

A Messed Up Timeline

For all of its successes, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s biggest struggle is with a basic item – its timeline. We start back in time with the clean up of New York City after the events of The Avengers. We fast forward eight years and two months to get to Spider-Man Homecoming. The problem is that this timeline is basically impossible if Spider-Man will play any significant role in Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War is taking place in 2018. We know this because it is roughly four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which takes place in 2014. (Marvel gave us direct dates in both Guardians 1 and 2 to help us get our bearings.) We know that The Avengers takes place in at least 2012 because Captain America wakes up from his slumber in at least 2011. We know this because America didn’t even enter World War 2 until 1941, and Captain America “slept” for at least 70 years.

The events of Homecoming can’t happen before Avengers because Spider-Man doesn’t get his new suit until Captain America: Civil War, which happens after Avengers: Age of Ultron. If Spider-Man: Homecoming is eight years and two months after the first Avengers, then it takes place in 2020 somehow, which is impossible given the timeline we just discussed.

Why the Timeline Matters

To me, this is a huge deal. For eight years, Marvel has asked us to pay attention to every detail. They floated Infinity Stones right in front of our face. They brought back characters and tied together television shows and movies. For them to miss this detail is certainly forgivable, but it also is a departure from what makes Marvel, Marvel.

There is a difference between a lot of movies that share the same universe (i.e. James Bond), and a universe of movies that are so interwoven that you could watch from one end to the other with minimal – or no – inconsistencies. Hopefully, this isn’t an indication that Marvel is getting away from what made them great. We can certainly blame it on Sony!

 

Final Rating: 8.7/10