The fresh approach for Spiderman: Homecoming

Some days ago, I went to the cinema and watched the just premiered new movie about Spiderman, Spiderman: Homecoming. I try to watch all the movies about superheroes that have come recently to the big screen and I considere myself as a huge fan of these cinematic universes, both from DC and Marvel (although, of course, I have my own taste about them and I don’t just like all the movies. I always try to criticise them properly).

These stand-alone movies have created a huge universe of movies in which all the stories are somehow connected, in a way to, then, join all of them in future stand-alone movies (when the character is much more developed) and, of course, in the all-together movies, usually called “The Avengers” movies or “Justice League” movies. The approach from both companies is very similar, although each one of them has its very own and unique features.

Spiderman: Homecoming

Spanish version: El nuevo enfoque para Spiderman: Homecoming

However, being able to watch this new Spiderman: Homecoming gave me a new taste for what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And I hope we will all enjoy it soon in several different movies that are to come as well.

PROS:

– Freshness.

I am not talking about a new reboot with a new actor, but the feeling the movie holds. It is not just another reboot, it seems to be genuinely new. How the story is told, how the world is viewed… I don’t want to say that it is a new way to make movies, because it is not, but I like this fresh approach for what could be taken as “just another superhero movie”.

– No origins.

Thanks to any possible existing God in Heaven, there is no “this hero was turned into a hero like this”. There was a previous appearance of Spiderman in another movie (Captain America: Civil War), but even with that in mind, there is no need for telling, again, his story: We all know how the heck Peter Parker was turned into a superhero, we all know about that effing spider that bit him.

Even the movie knows we know, since it is only mentioned once (and quickly) during its length, which I do appreciate. We have no need of watching uncle Ben dying all over again (who, by the way, is no to be seen in the movie, I will talk about it later). What I am trying to say is: this Spiderman: Homecoming does not focus on how the hero was created, but on how the hero starts his journey. Which is, as I said, fresh ang great to know.

– No girl as the fragile element to save.

Thanks again to any futurible deity, there is no girl to save in this case. It is totally boring watching our superhero, who has lots and lots of problems to solve (one of them being, indeed, a superhero), just worring about a girl because he is in love with her and the villain knows it and he uses her to catch the hero’s attention and try to kill him.

We know how that works, what is suprising is the hero not knowing how it works!  I think it does no favour for the hero, or the girl/female companion nor even the movie. In this Spiderman: Homecoming, Peter is very much in distress for everything that is happening to his persona and his nearby world to also include a girl in the ecuation.

– Real evolution of the protagonist.

At the beginning of Spiderman: Homecoming, Peter is just excited about being a superhero because, let’s be honest: it’s totally cool. However, he does things without thinking about the consecuences. Tony Stark has to talk to him in a real father-son chat (I’ll also talk about it later) and he is able to realise that being a superhero is not just doing stuff that you think is right and having fun with your superpowers.

In other movies, the hero is just great since the beginning or has a (really) short period of time adjusting himself/herself to his/her new powers, but there isn’t real evolution in the character unless there is a sequel. But in this one, maybe because he is a teenager and *cough* his body is changing, the adaptations he has to make both from his mind and his body are evident for the audience.

– No more uncle Ben, but still a paternal/maternal figure.

In comparison with previous movies, uncle Ben died almost at the beginning, with no spare time to teach Peter how to be a good superhero (even if he didn’t know about Peter’s secret identity). So, the real impact in his nephew’s consciousness, aside from the ultra-famous sentence about responsibilities, was zero. On this movie, they have approached the clever path which is… using the real people that influences Peter’s life, such as, but not only, Tony Stark and aunt May.

Yes, I know, it is kind of surprise, but they are the paternal/maternal figure, the adult to look up to, that Peter needs. They guide him both in the civilian and the superhero worlds and give him advice as well as reprimands when needed. And I have to say that it is great to see an evolution like such on a character like Tony Stark and, mainly, on a movie that isn’t Tony’s but Peter’s, which creates stronger and deeper connections between all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

– Real resemblance with the personality in the comics.

The previous movies to Spiderman: Homecoming showed two very different approaches to Peter Parker’s personality. The first one had Peter as a nerd but also Spiderman as a nerd. The second one was more similar when being Spiderman (wearing the costume), but when being Peter he was also cool and confident.

I mean, they didn’t got the right feeling about each side of the coin: Peter is a nerd without the costume, but when he is wearing it, as Spiderman, he gains self steem and talks and moves like if he wasn’t Peter Parker, but a really confident superhero. You can see he is kind of similar to Deadpool on the cross-over comics about them both. On this movie, they get really close to that point, as we can see a non-stop talking Spiderman and very shy and quiet Peter Parker.

– Aunt May.

OK, this is weird to say but… Disney knows aunt May is sexy. And that we, therefore, like her. This could be taken as a sexist implication by me, but it is not. What this means, as weird as it is, is that Disney listens to its fans. Of course, it is not only about the use of the image of aunt May, we can also see it on the fact that the origin is not repeated again, for example, but the situation with her is great. On the previous appearance of Spiderman (Captain America’s last movie), she appeared as well, and everybody started saying “she is too much sexy for a 50-ish year old woman” and the joke run all over the Internet.

Marisa Tomei, current actress that portrays aunt May, is a great looking woman with an age of 52 years old (yes, you have read correctly). So, even though it could not fit in our inner image of what a 50 year old lady “should” look like, she is, in fact, able to be the “old” aunt of a teenage boy. So Disney stucked with its idea and continued with the running “joke” about this sexy aunt May with some specific camera situations and a great taste choosing her clothes. That is why Disney was, in fact listening to its fans and including this pop culture reference on Spiderman’s universe.

– The Importance of Manhattan.

What is Spiderman’s second love? Manhattan, for sure. On previous movies, this island was just a background for the fighting scenes that were happening on the front. But here, Manhattan is something else. Peter has a real involvement with the neiborghood, knows the people and tries to make it a better place. It is not his playground, but the place where he actually lives and loves.

There is also a funny moment when he is far away from the skyscrappers and just surrounded by trees and… well, Spiderman without buildings around him is nothing! At the end of the movie, Tony Stark makes a juicy offer to Peter. But he refuses it because accepting it would involve leaving Manhattan, maybe forever.

– Real plot twist.

OK, OK, I am not talking about a plot twist made by Alfred Hitchcock. But I have to say that, being a person that is always trying to foresee what is going to happen on the plot, I found myself happily surprised by this sudden plot twist. It is not something huge, as I have said. But it is big enough to put the protagonist at a crossroads. Usually, superhero movies tend to be simple and easy to follow. But this one tried, at least, to surprise the audience, and that is a nice feeling.

But, of course, not everything could be great. There are a few CONS that lowered my final mark for Spiderman: Homecoming. I have to say that they are not horrible, nor they are going to put this movie at the level of Daredevil or Green Lantern’s movies. But they are an obstacle to make it perfect.

CONS:

– The villain is just another Marvel villain.

Yeah, Marvel is not known by supporting great villains with amazing minds. This villain is not bad but also not amazing. He is just another villain, with kind of acceptable motifs to try to destroy Spiderman. His path to “being evil” is OK. The resources he uses are reminders of what happened on previous movies. But not as great of an acquisition on this one. And his “other side” is kind of bland if he is such a “nice villain”.

– Summerish/teenagerish atmosphere.

I know that this movie was created for the summer time and with teenagers in mind since they are the newest fans and those who has more free time during this season. However, even though the protagonist and the secondary characters are teenagers, at High School, with all that teenagerish stuff… The movie feels, at times, too much teenagerish, in general, for my taste. It is not something horrible, you are not going to dislike this movie just for that. But it takes some points away if you are an adult watching it.

– The plot could be stronger.

As I said about the villain, and in relation with the summerish atmosphere. The plot could also be stronger, or better, call it as you please. It is not, as I also said before, a horrible situation for you to avoid going to the cinema. But it is just another little thing that reduces the quality it could potentially has.

As you can see, the CONS or “negative points” are not that negative. But just minor details that stop Spiderman: Homecoming for being its best.

However, this is my very personal opinion. And I would love to know if you agree or disagree with it and how. Please, let me know in the comments below and I hope you had fun watching the movie and reading this review 🙂


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