Spiderman: Homecoming Review & Parental Guidance
This afternoon my family went to see Spiderman: Homecoming.
Spiderman: Homecoming‘s Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Even though Spiderman: Homecoming is produced by Sony Pictures, they reached an agreement with Disney for Spiderman to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This allowed Spiderman to appear in Captain America: Civil War (and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War) and Tony Stark/Iron Man to appear in Spiderman: Homecoming.
I was surprised at how intertwined Spiderman: Homecoming is with the MCU. In order to truly appreciate and understand the movie, it is best to have seen the other movies in the MCU. This movie draws heavily from Avengers and Captain America: Civil War and to a lesser extent Avengers: Age of Ultron. Or course those movies each have their own ties to other movies in the MCU.
I definitely recommend watching other movies in the series before seeing Spiderman: Homecoming. The basics of what you need to know is that in Avengers, aliens invaded New York and were defeated by the Avengers. In Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers team is fractured over the Sokovia Accords, basically a governing/registration for superheroes. Tony Stark recruits Spiderman to fight on his side in favor of the registration against Captain America who is opposed. At the end of the film, Captain America is basically a fugitive.
Spiderman: Homecoming Thoughts
We all enjoyed Spiderman: Homecoming. It was a definite improvement over the Amazing Spiderman series. I am a big fan of Tony Stark and he definitely added something to the movie. My daughter’s overall verdict was “It was good but not as good as Guardians or Ant-Man”.
The movie combined comedic moments – both one liners and scenes – with action sequences. The whole theater was laughing at points. It continues the Marvel trend of the character movies each having a genre besides comic-book movie. (Spiderman is a teen movie, Guardians was Sci-Fi, Captain America is a war movie, Ant-Man is a heist movie, Thor (particularly Dark World) is a mythology movie, etc). This wide variety of movie types helps keep the series fresh.
Where I thought the movie was lacking was in the Spiderman origin story. For instance, Peter states that Aunt May has had a tough time. But, there is no elaboration as to why it was tough. I have also read reviews from comic book die hards complaining that the movie digresses too far from his comic book origins.
Spiderman: Homecoming Trailer
Before going to the movie, check out the trailer below:
About Spiderman: Homecoming
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers,Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Spiderman: Homecoming Parental Guide
With Peter Parker being only 15, a lot of the film is set in high school. Spiderman: Homecoming has a PG-13 rating. The violence is typical of a comic book movie. The overall comedic tone, keeps the action scenes from being too intense for younger children.
The language is mostly mild although it ends with a cut-off expletive (of the “f” variety). Several times through the movie, Peter is taunted by classmates calling him “Penis Parker”. There is very little in the way of sexual content. The most explicit sexual content is a group of students discussing “F__, Marry, Kill” with the Avengers.