Since Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t the first Spidey movie, I think it’s fair to look back at the previous Spider-Man film series as well as the actors before proceeding with my review.
Peter 1, Perter 2 and then Peter 3
First on the list is Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi. The first trilogy was released in 2002. With a budget of $139 million and a worldwide total of $821,708,55 plus positive reviews from critics and regular movie-goers, it’s right to say Spider-Man (2002) was a huge success. Because of that, it was followed by two sequels – Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
Both sequels also did great at the box office with a total of $783.8 million and $890.9 million respectively. However, the last film had the lowest approval rating. Critics didn’t think it was as refined as the first two. There were too many villains and issues in one film. They do have a point there but then it wasn’t that bad especially if you consider the growth of Peter Parker’s character and his Spider-Man persona.
The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise
Now onto Andrew Garfield. The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb was released in 2012 and is a reboot of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Instead of Mary Jane Watson, here we saw Peter Parker’s first romantic interest – Gwen Stacy. The film generally received favourable reviews earning a total of $757.9 million against a budget of $230 million.
Due to its success, the development of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 began and the film was released two years after. The film also did great at the box office with $709 million against a budget of $293 million; however, it received mixed reviews. Again, critics pointed out the overabundance of villains as well as problems with the narrative.
If you look closely, the problem occurred when Sony is introducing a bigger picture for Spider-Man. Honestly, I was really looking forward to see Spidey face more villains especially in The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise. The last film is not that bad even the Spider-Man 3.
Come to think it, the audience wasn’t ready for an expanded universe just yet. But with the existence of the MCU blockbuster films, I think people became more open to seeing a number of major characters and villains in one film. We all have to thank everyone who was and is still involved in the MCU. They did a great job with the consistency and timing which paved the way for a great introduction to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Directed by Jon Watts
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The film has a budget of $175 million earning a total of $469.4 million (as of writing). That’s a good start knowing it only opened last July 6 and people are still talking about the film. In fact, some say Tom Holland is the best Peter Parker/ Spider-Man.
I agree that he did a great job. But it’s also worth mentioning that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield gave us a great performance. Tobey is the nerdy Peter Parker we know and Andrew gave us the amazing version of Spider-Man. For this new generation and with the existence of MCU, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/ Spider-Man is perfect.
After his short stint in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming is where we saw his journey as the newest and youngest superhero. We were taken on a fun and fresh web-slinging adventure which led us to a bigger universe. And I am not only talking about the MCU but Spider-Man’s future as well.
If you haven’t watched Spider-Man: Homecoming, make sure you do. As I’ve said earlier, it’s fun, fresh and absolutely amazing.