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The third reboot of Spider-Man begins with Homecoming. This time, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and is working with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). The film starts with an unnecessary recap of Spider-Man’s involvement in Captain America: Civil War and the first act is a dull, trope filled high school drama. Fortunately, the main plot thread is much better.
The main thread deals with The Vulture (Michael “Batman” Keaton) who, after being screwed out of a contract to clean up the fallout from the “incident” (Loki’s alien attack in Thor: The Dark World) by the government and Tony Stark, turns to creating weapons and tools from the alien technology and selling them to criminals. Spider-Man quickly becomes a thorn in his side.
In the final act, The Vulture, who just happens to be Peter’s homecoming date’s father, realizes that Peter is Spider-Man and threatens to kill him if he interferes. Iron Man’s helper, Happy, is foolishly shipping a planeload of high tech weaponry on a unmanned flight and The Vulture plans to steal it, but Spider-Man leaves his date in the lurch and thwarts The Vulture’s plan.
This film was predictable. The high school drama was silly: the first Toby Maguire Spiderman film handle it much better. I found the MCU/Avengers tie in annoying too. What saved the film was a great performance by Keaton. I also enjoyed the interaction between Spider-Man and his side kick Ned (Jacob Batalon). Hopefully, the next episode will be better.