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Spider-Man: Homecoming had an interesting take on the Vulture

Spider-Man: Homecoming had an interesting take on the Vulture”

Still, Homecoming is not ideal, and one area that could be improved upon in a sequel is the film's use of its strong female characters. Perhaps the least obviously amusing character, Michelle (Zendaya), a misfit classmate of Peter and Ned's, turns out to have a dark humour about her that makes us look forward to a bigger place for her in the later Spider-Man films. What's always been most appealing about Spider-Man is that he's a kid, if one who can spin big, sticky webs and swing from rooftop to rooftop, comparatively rinky-dink talents in the flying, magic-hammering superhero world.

Then of course there is Holland, a terrific actor since "The Impossible", who is the ideal amount of empathetic, excitable and clueless to make Peter Parker work now and for years to come. "I've been through all the things I've been through on-screen".

Betty Brant as the high school reporter. Most of Michelle's one-liners were sly, or sometimes even snide, remarks that generally provided some comic relief - not that the movie needed any more comedy (it's easily one of the funniest comic book movies to-date).

This new trend in Hollywood, making superhero movies that are actually consistently good, is an important one for the long-term health of the genre, and for the industry.

Review: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' brings back the comic book fun

This leaves a Homecoming sequel and the yet untitled Avengers 4.

One of the hallmarks of the MCU, to the point where even saying it is beating a dead horse, is how Marvel is "fun" and has lots of jokes. On the topic of her female icons, she added: "There's a million". However, they cite a very different movie influence for developing Peter Parker's best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). Basically, Zendaya is probably being set up as Peter's love interest going forward. As Spider-Man's official entry in the MCU, this was certainly a welcome homecoming.

It's all in keeping with the complicated and sympathetic character of Toomes/Vulture, whose motivations are perhaps the most understandable of all Marvel villains. The story derives dramatic tension from Peter keeping a secret from his beloved aunt, and it also keeps the story in the realm of possibility by allowing May to be a responsible adult who wouldn't let her surrogate son risk his life on a nightly basis. She goes by the superhero name of Silk.

It's not a spoiler to tell you that Tony Stark does a little harmless flirting or that Peter Parker has a crush on a girl. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a genuine delight, consistently buoyed by smart writing, a brilliant (and pleasingly diverse) cast, interesting action scenes, a brilliant score (thank you, Michael Giacchino) and a knowing awareness of what an audience for a Spider-Man film has already seen, and what they want to see.



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