Spider-Man: Homecoming.

I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the latest superhero film offering to the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Immediately following the Battle of New York, Tony Stark and the federal government create the U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged over being driven out of business, former salvage company owner Adrian Toomes persuades his coworkers to keep the Chitauri technology they already scavenged and use it to further a criminal agenda.

In the present day, following his involvement in the Avengers’ internal dispute, Peter Parker resumes his studies after Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become an Avenger. Over the objections of his Aunt May, Parker quits Midtown School of Science and Technology’s academic decathlon team so he can spend more time focusing on “the Stark internship”, which is a cover for his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man.

One night, after preventing Toomes’ associates from robbing an ATM, Parker returns to his Queens apartment only for his best friend Ned to discover his secret identity. On another night, Parker comes across Toomes’ associates Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice selling Chitauri weaponry to local gangster Aaron Davis. When he tries to intervene, Parker nearly loses his life at Toomes’ hands and is rescued by Stark. Toomes later kills Brice for jeopardizing the operation.

Retrieving a Chitauri weapon left behind by Brice, Parker works with Ned to remove the power core. A tracking device leads Schultz to Midtown, but Parker and Ned manage to evade him. After planting his own tracking device on Schultz and learning that it leads to Maryland, Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. Working with Ned, Parker disables the tracker implanted in his Spider-Man suit and unlocks all its secret features.

He later tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a D.O.D.C. truck, but ends up being overpowered and trapped inside the truck, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. When he discovers that the Chitauri power core is unstable, Parker tracks Ned to the Washington Monument, arriving just as the core explodes and traps Ned in an elevator. Evading local authorities, Parker manages to save Ned and fellow classmate Liz before the elevator plummets.

Returning to New York City, Parker persuades Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts. Confronting Toomes and his associates at the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures the group’s new buyer Mac Gargan while Toomes escapes after a malfunctioning weapon tears the ferry in half. Stark helps Paker save the passengers before admonishing him for his recklessness and taking the suit away.

While picking up Liz for Midtown’s annual homecoming dance, Parker learns that she is Toomes’ daughter. Deducing Parker’s secret identity, Toomes threatens retaliation if he continues to interfere with his plans. During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters. He dons his homemade Spider-Man suit and attempts to leave Midtown only to be ambushed by Schultz. After Ned intervenes at the last minute, Parker travels to Toomes’ lair and confronts him, who tries to persuade him to join him. When Parker refuses, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves him to die.

Managing to escape, Parker intercepts the plane before steering it towards the beach near Coney Island. The two engage in an open confrontation that ends with Parker saving Toomes’ life and leaving him for the NYPD. Sometime later, Parker learns that Liz is moving away and that his classmate Michelle will be replacing her as captain of the academic decathlon team. Parker later declines Stark’s invitation to join the Avengers, which inspires Stark to propose to Pepper Potts at a press conference. Returning to his apartment, Parker discovers that Stark has returned his suit and puts it on just as May walks into his bedroom.

In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes at the Raft and, after explaining that several criminals are banding together, asks him if he knows Spider-Man’s identity only to be told that he does not. In a post-credits scene, Captain America films a public service announcement on the importance of patience.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable film, that gave an interesting new perpective on the MCU. The plot was different to the usual character introductions, and the film only benefitted from that. The entire cast did great jobs in their roles. It was great to see Jon Favreau and Gwyneth Paltrow back, and always amusing to see Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Tom Holland took on a huge mantel as the new Spider-Man, and he didn’t disappoint. He was the highlight of the film, and gave an honest, open and fresh interpretation of the character – he did a superb job. It was an excellent film, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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