This is a guest post written on behalf of Evan Yu. All opinions expressed are his own.
Marvel Studios’ hot streak continues with this summer’s release of Spider-Man: Homecoming! Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man film, but the first to be made under the control of Marvel Studios and included in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). The film translates Spider-Man’s humor from the comics better than any of the previous movies, and fits in tonally with the rest of the MCU. It is definitely one of the funniest Marvel films to date, along with Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. Homecoming does an excellent job of fitting within the MCU without being burdened by further world building.
The cast was stellar, under the direction of Jon Watts, with standout performances by Tom Holland and Michael Keaton. There were concerns that the inclusion of Iron Man would overshadow Spider-Man, but those concerns can be put to rest after watching the movie. Robert Downey Jr. can steal any scene that he’s in, but the writers did a fantastic job of including him only when it made sense for the story. Zendaya and Jacob Batalon, as Michelle and Ned respectively, also deserve praise for their performances in only the second films of their careers. The young cast really makes you feel like you are watching the lives of true high school students. This is an area that the first film struggled with as Tobey Maguire, while great, was 27 when that movie was released. I’m looking forward to seeing this cast grow together in the sequels.
On another note, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures should be commended for taking traditionally white characters and giving them to minority actors. This truly echoes the world we live in today, especially in a diverse area like Queens. Over the past few years, Marvel has brought more diversity into its comics, introducing an Asian Hulk and a Black Hispanic Spider-Man for example. It’s great to see a huge company with a strong influence like Marvel make strides to reflect the changing demographics of this country.
Marvel fans should be thrilled that the company’s most popular character has been done justice in this movie and should be excited to see this version of character develop in the MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7th. Did you get your tickets yet? Make sure to stay through the credits as there are two post-credits scenes!