This is the first entry in a brand new segment on this blog! I’m proud to introduce Cinema Scout, an outlet where I get to talk about my second favorite thing to music: movies. For the rest of this month, I’ll be covering summer movies as a little test to see if I enjoy talking about them just as much as music.
Spider-Man: Homecoming. What a homecoming it was for a franchise that began in 2002 with Tobey Maguire in the red suit… and then again in 2012 with Andrew Garfield donning the tights. We can finally rest easy as Marvel officially has taken over the helm of the Spider-Man ship with Jon Watts in the director’s chair and (major box office flick) newcomer Tom Holland as New York’s resident webslinger.
This film picks up shortly after the events of Captain America: Civil War in which Marvel’s version of Peter Parker debuted during the battle in the fictional nation of Sokovia. We see Parker as an angsty teen (who actually looks like the teenager he should be) upset with the mundanity of being the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man instead of becoming a full fledged Avenger like he had hoped.
I just want to go on record saying that I absolutely loved this movie. Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero since I was a little kid and I saw the original movie. My love for the character got reinvigorated in 2012 when the series came back for a second try. During this movie, I felt different. It felt like this is the way the movie should have been made in the first place. It was an origin story without showing us the same things we had seen twice already. We get to see Peter Parker as a human being with real millennial problems under the mask of a struggling wannabe superhero, and Tom Holland plays the character very well.
During the course of this movie, the Marvel Cinematic Universe weaves its way through so that we could be assured that they had full control of this movie’s content. Tony Stark makes several appearances as Peter’s mentor and Jon Favreau comes back for the first time since Iron Man 3 as Happy Hogan. Both delivered great performances as usual and it made the film fit together with the rest of the comic book world that Marvel has made over the last nine years.
I can’t talk about this movie without also mentioning Michael Keaton as Vulture AKA Adrian Toomes. This is one of the few times that the villain in a Marvel movie not only has a decent backstory, but also has ties to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. Keaton delivers a strong performance that will be remembered as one of this universe’s strongest villains. The movie threw in a big twist that I wasn’t expecting with this character, though I won’t give any spoilers away.
If you are a fan of superhero movies in any way, please go see this movie! Spider-Man finally has the right people around it to make it the success it deserves to be and that can’t be taken for granted. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts of some of the movies coming out this month, thank you for reading!
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