Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton
Since he popped up in Captain America: Civil War, the world has been patiently waiting for the solo outing of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and now we’ve got our first real look.
The worry of there being another Spider-Man film was the rehash of the same plot that we’ve seen time and time again, the same origin story, and a general feeling of disappointment when the film is over. However, Jon Watt’s Spider-Man already seems to be going in a different direction. In this version of Peter Parker’s story, he already has his powers (as we saw evidence of in Civil War) as so this will be more of a coming of age superhero movie, with Peter trying to navigate the world of high school, whilst also trying to get a handle on his powers and the desire he has to be a hero.
Of course, Tony Stark makes an appearance, acting as the Obi-Wan to Peter’s Luke Skywalker, a mentor who is trying to keep Peter on the straight and narrow, and out of the line of fire. “Forget the flying monster guy. There are people who handle this kind of thing,” Tony reassuringly tries to keep Peter away from the fight, but like any teenager – he doesn’t listen. This is just another way Watt’s Spider-Man is set apart from its predecessors – Tom Holland is young enough that Peter Parker is a realistic teenager. And he’s just as stroppy and awkward as you’d expect.
We also get a glimpse of acting heavyweight Michael Keaton in his role as The Vulture (a character oddly similar to his faux-hero in Birdman) and it’s clear that with this casting Spider-Man: Homecoming is pulling no punches. With the small amount we see of The Vulture, it’s clear he will play a big part in Peter’s journey to being a hero – Tony Stark gave him a taste, and we see him reliving the moment through YouTube, but he wants more.
There’s a lot on the film’s IMDB page that leaves unanswered questions – many of the cast have yet to have a role listed, which may mean that we’ve more surprises to come from the Homecoming camp. All in all, Spider-Man: Homecoming seems as though Marvel may have finally found the right path for the web-slinging teen, and Watt’s film looks to be the closest adaption of the comic books that we’ve seen so far.