‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review Round-Up: Here’s What Critics Are Saying
Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Third time’s the charm right? After Sony almost killed the Spider-Man character on two separate occasions with Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the decision was made to finally hand the character back over to Marvel and Disney in an unprecedented deal between Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige. From there, Tom Holland was cast as Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as Vulture, Jon Watts signed on as director and Marvel got the ball rolling on a new film for their most famous hero. So, what are critics saying about Spider-Man: Homecoming? Well… their saying it’s incredible!
Spider-Man: Homecoming has a phenomenal 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this moment with critics parsing everything from Tom Holland’s performance to the action sequences to Marvel finally having a great movie villain. Read on to see what else critics are saying!
Jim Vejvoda from IGN:
As with the very best of the web-slinger’s Marvel stories, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a winning combination of a fun superhero adventure tale with a heartwarming story about a regular kid dealing with some very relatable issues (well, relatable in the non-superhero sense anyway). Tom Holland’s Spidey can’t swing back onto screens again fast enough.
Sean O’Connell from Cinemablend:
Spider-Man: Homecoming gets it right. It pulls off an extremely difficult task of seamlessly transitioning a new (but old) character into an established universe, while also casually seeding the landscape with references and Easter eggs that can — and will — pay off in future Marvel and Spider-Man movies. Listen and look for classic Spider-Man villain references, Avengers nods, possible directions for exciting new stories and callbacks to things we saw in the MCU before. It also has the greatest ending scene of any Marvel movie since the first Iron Man movie. It’s that much of a game-changer, and it’s that rewarding. This is what’s possible when you bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he belongs. As the title suggests, Spider-Man is home. We can’t wait to see what Marvel and Sony do with him next.
Brandon Davis from Comicbook.com:
All things considered, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the most fun you will have at the movies this summer. Rooting for Peter Parker becomes an absolute blast as Holland and his supporting cast of Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Laura Harrier — none of them older than 25 — convey their passion to be involved with the film throughout. Not to mention, a few scenes with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark help guide the film, always steering clear of becoming Iron Man-centric, as the veteran Avenger serves as a mentor for the young Parker and integral thread for the movie.
Owen Gleiberman from Variety:
Yet coming after the two Andrew Garfield “Spider-Man” films, which were the definition of super-forgettable competence, the movie is just distinctive enough, in concept and execution, to connect and become a sizable hit. If so, it could prove a key transitional film in the greater cinematic universe of comic-book movies. “Homecoming” tells its audience: This kid isn’t quite super — he’s just like you. “Ant-Man” did the same thing (and out of the Marvel zone, so did the “Kick-Ass” movies), but we’ve never seen a character as mythical as Spider-Man portrayed in such a user-friendly, sanded-down, After School Special way.
Robert Abele from The Wrap:
Hey, whatever helps the come-back-again cause: Marvel’s made a literal “Homecoming” in that one of their prized characters is no longer in a single-parent (Sony) household. The result is a “Spider-Man” that feels a little more punchy, laugh-filled, and exciting than one might expect from a property that’s already been given plenty of chances to succeed. And yet, when it says “Spider-Man will return” at the very end, one is tempted to think, “Don’t they mean ‘reboot’?”
David Ehrlich from Indiewire:
In other words, “Homecoming” works by doing something that no Marvel (or DC) movie has done before, something that shows how this monolithic cinematic universe might hope to sustain itself once Thanos has been vanquished to the great space armchair in the sky and modern cinema’s biggest mega-franchise becomes desperate for new ways to feel fresh. “Homecoming” works by allowing itself to become an actual genre film, the first of its ilk to recognize that superhero movies might be more interesting if they were also something else. It’s the first of its kind to appreciate that today’s assembly-line blockbusters are neutered by their need to fit a unique brands into a one-size-fits-all action template.
Nate Brail from Heroic Hollywood:
With its very diverse cast, great performances, humorous plot and a very strong antagonist, Spider-Man: Homecoming finds a way to make to make you laugh and have a really good time at the theater. Homecoming has become my personal favorite Spider-Man film and I’m very anxious to see it again. It finds a way to differentiate itself from previous Spider-Man films and somehow become the best Spider-Man film ever. Go watch it and take the kids. This is something that they need to see.
Peter Travers from Rolling Stone:
News Flash: Tom Holland is the best movie Spider-Man ever. He finds the kid inside the famous red onesie and brings out the kid in even the most hardened filmgoer. The last two Spidey epics had “Amazing” in the title, but let’s face it – both films stirred more apathy than amazement. The only suspense came in wondering how long and hard a franchise could be milked. It may be a problem winning back the comic-book fans, but after that extended cameo in Captain America: Civil War and this new solo outing, you finally feel that your friendly neighborhood web-slinger deserves to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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