Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Following his adventure with the Avengers in Germany, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds himself back in Queens, New York, balancing his school days with nights spent patrolling the neighbourhood as Spider-Man. Mentored by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), Peter’s reluctant to return to the small-scale crime fighting he’s confronted with in his own neck of the woods. When he interrupts a bank robbery by a gang using powerful, high-tech weaponry, it seems his big break may have presented itself, revealing a weapons dealing programme based on alien technology. But Peter still has a lot to learn, and school is definitely in session.

The movie we never thought would happen and were it not for Sony’s continued attempts to kill its golden goose in the wake of 2004’s “Spider-Man 2”, we might never have got here. Thankfully, Sony’s inept overeagerness to jump on the shared universe bandwagon doomed Andrew Garfield’s pretty great take on the world’s favourite web-slinger and Marvel saw its opportunity to step in and help out…for a price. And that price was perhaps even more groundbreaking than the creation of the MCU itself: shared access to a character in exchange for production, marketing and brand support.

Third time’s the charm for Spidey, as Tom Holland’s iteration combines the best of Maguire and Garfield with an authentically geeky, youthful refresh, placing him firmly in high school, where Spidey belongs.

Original review: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

Nothing at all, in fact apart from the alien detritus from the battle of New York, this is a very Earth-bound adventure.

This one is more picking up on introductions from “Captain America: Civil War”.

Stan Lee yells out a window at hapless Spidey, threatening to come down and sort him out. There’s a couple of great Captain America cameos, albeit by TV screen and Kenneth Choi (Principal Morita) ‘cameos’ as the Grandson of his “Captain America: The First Avenger” character, Howling Commando Jim Morita. My favourite one, though, is the aggressive punk on the bus from “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” makes an appearance on the streets of Spidey’s New York. Look out for space whale probes turning up in “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3”, I guess!

In a mid-credits scene, Adrian Toomes encounters Mac Gargan in prison. Gargan has friends who want to kill Spider-Man but, acknowledging his debt to the web-slinger, Toomes denies knowing Spider-Man’s secret identity. A post-credit stinger sees Captain America troll the whole MCU fanbase.

Tom Holland is the youngest actor (19) to be cast as Peter Parker. His predecessors were 25 (Tobey Maguire) and 26 (Nicholas Hammond, Andrew Garfield).

 8/10 

  1. Avengers Assemble
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  3. Iron Man
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger
  7. Captain America: Civil War
  8. Spiderman: Homecoming
  9. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2
  10. Iron Man 2
  11. Iron Man 3
  12. Ant-Man
  13. Doctor Strange
  14. Thor: The Dark World
  15. Thor
  16. The Incredible Hulk

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