Tom Holland won my heart as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. I wanted to see more of him, and that had me looking forward to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
However, I can't seem to accept a lot of what is happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), especially with what's happening with this Iron M--I mean Spider-Man reboot. The trailer is a bit too revealing; we already know more than half the plot and that fizzles out the excitement for me.
Was there really a need for a Spider-Man movie again and so soon? What I loved about Tom Holland's appearance in Civil War was that there were no unnecessary background details. One conversation between Tony and Peter was enough to explain what Spidey was up to. And that made his appearance even better in the film.
While we can tell this movie takes place after Civil War, it's very obvious it will depict the initial struggles of being a superhero. I wouldn't be surprised if there are flashbacks involved related to the origins (I desperately hope there isn't anything of the sort though) and that is what will make it very similar to the other films.
Like Ben Affleck's appearance in Batman VS Superman and his progress into Justice League, I'd appreciate if Spider-Man would stop finding out how great power comes with great responsibilities and just be a responsible hero. That is why I enjoyed the scene where he brags about stealing Captain America's shield to his schoolmate, that seemed like he's been on the field for a while. If MCU stuck to a new adventure rather than the reboot idea, that would have be great.
There are many shots in the trailer which are reminiscent of the previous Spider-Man movies. But you know what's different? Good ol' Tony Stark is there to help Spidey out and be the Uncle Ben he always needed. Because clearly Iron Man has made amazing decisions in the past. While I enjoy Iron Man and think Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for the role of Tony Stark, I feel he needs to kinda not be everywhere. I really hope the film itself has less of Tony Stark and is focused on Spider-Man.
That being said, I still have hopes from Tom Holland as Peter Parker. He captures the essence of Spider-Man's secret identity and I find him the best Spider-Man in the MCU so far.
We get to see more of Michael Keaton as the Vulture and from the glimpses in the trailer, it seems like we're about to get a grand performance. The Vulture is one of the oldest Spider-Man villains out there and hasn't been given his due on the silver screen so far. I'm hoping they do justice to his character this time.
We're also shown a glimpse of another villain in the film; the Shocker. The Shocker is also a classic Spider-Man villain but what concerned me in the trailer is that he looks more like a henchman of the Vulture. I hope the vibe I'm getting is wrong but if that's the case, I worry about a repeat of Spider-Man 3 where there are too many villains.
The movie itself seems to be very engaging and we can expect a lot of laughs. While there are many changes in the script in terms of comic book adaptation and way too much Iron Man being used as marketing gimmick (I mean, was that really necessary?) I'm sure the film will be worth a watch.
Spider-Man has always been a fun character and the trailer's high-flying action scenes tell us that his adventurous traits have been retained. With Tom Holland playing our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, I have my hopes up for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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