Deep Dive - MCU: Spider-Man: Homecoming
We polled our entire team and ranked every MCU film across six categories. We weighted each category based on their overall value to the success of the movie.
Plot - 25%
Character Development - 20%
Villain - 20%
Action - 12.5%
Intangibles - 12.5%
Supporting Cast - 10%
Film: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Rotten Tomato - TOMATOMETER: 92%
Rotten Tomato - Audience: 88%
Opening Weekend: $117,027,503
Gross US: $334,201,140
Gross Worldwide: $880,166,924
Synopsis: Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Analysis: We all know Spider-Man's backstory like the back of our hands, so they were wise to save us from seeing another spider bite and Uncle Ben death. The movie starts and Peter is already Spider-Man. More than that, we've already seen him in action even before this movie in Captain America: Civil War, so we can get right into this story. It's like Feige was listening to our prayers. Dealing with the perils of being a teenager, trying to outgrow being just a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and proving himself to Tony Stark and the Avengers is the perfect way to FINALLY introduce Spider-Man to the MCU. That's how it's done, Sony.
Analysis: Peter is given a fairly typical story of a young man trying to grow up too fast, not realizing how naive he is about the ways of the world. At least Peter's heart was always in the right place, but he needed guidance. It's hard enough to go through puberty and deal with the endless drama of high school, but on top of that he wasn't able to talk to anyone about his arachnid alter ego. Tony was the perfect mentor to help him learn and grow.
Name: Adrian Toomes/Vulture
Bio: Owner of a salvage company that was awarded a contract to clean up New York following the events of The Avengers. However, a newly created government division, Damage Control, came in and informed Toomes they were taking over the cleanup, leaving Toomes indebted with all of the equipment he acquired in preparation for the job.
Evil Plan: Keep the Chitauri technology his crew had picked up instead of surrendering it to Damage Control and use it to manufacture weapons to sell on the black market. Toomes also used his Vulture suit to hijack and steal similar pieces of technology to grow his black market weapons business.
Analysis: Michael Keaton alone is worth at least 6 points. Finding out that *spoiler alert* Toomes is Liz's dad was truly a surprise seeing this the first time. The entire scene after in the Toomes residence and in the car on the way to the dance is chilling. There is suspense and tension of not knowing if Toomes realizes that *spoiler alert* Peter is Spider-Man. Once you see he clearly knows, Toomes hits a switch and shows how malicious he can be after Liz gets out of the car and he gives the scariest "Dad talk" of all time. We also see Toomes isn't just one-dimensional and pure evil since he shows gratitude towards Peter for saving his daughter by not revealing his identity.
Peter Parker Picked A Peck Of Pepper Potts
Uncle Ben...No, Wait, That's Not Right...
Death Star Weaknesses - 1. Exhaust Port, 2. Clumsy Ned
Aunt Marisa To-May
Doesn't Care What Nickname We Give Her
Token Spider-Man's First Love That Something Bad Happens To
Analysis: No Uncle Ben? No Harry Osborn? No problem. We still have a great new Spider-Man, Aunt May, and surprising reveal of a great new *spoiler alert* MJ. Ned is an instant top-tier side character and we love the hint that *spoiler alert* Miles Morales is out there in the MCU somewhere and that Donald Glover, who many people campaigned for to be the new Spider-Man, was given a role. Oh, it also doesn't hurt to have Tony Stark in your movie.
Analysis: Homecoming feels like it has a sufficient level of action and is exciting throughout, but when we thought about it, there really isn't a single standout fight scene. Instead, we chose to point out Peter showing off his new suit while patrolling the neighborhood with Blitzkrieg Bop playing.
Analysis: Tobey Maguire was Spider-Man until 2007. Then we had Andrew Garfield from 2012-2014. If there was any concern about Homecoming, it was having not just a third Spider-Man, but a third Peter Parker within about 10 years. We were hopeful after Civil War, but any remaining doubts disappeared with the opening video diary scene. This movie has its own unique flair. New aspects of the suit, character, and just being in a connected universe killed any feelings of Spider-Man fatigue.
I Got Ice Cream In Here!
Just A Typical Dad Talk
Ned - Officially The Guy In The Chair
Drugs aren't cool. Stay in school.
Analysis: Anything other than a smash hit would have been a colossal failure for this movie. Luckily, Marvel hit their mark and cashed in on this golden opportunity to bring Spidey into the fold. Here's to hoping we get to see Miles Morales in the MCU soon as well.
Image Credits: Disney