When it comes to superhero movies, I have never been a massive fan of them. I’ve grown up watching every superhero film under the sun and Spider-Man is definitely a franchise I have always kept up to date with. Toby Maguire, a great start. Andrew Garfield, what was the point in that. Now, Tom Holland.
Peter Parker is a young boy going through school, becoming one of the smartest students and impressing within his grades. Even though he is being ridiculed by others for how smart he is, no one knows the secret he is keeping away from everybody as he hides it behind working for Stark Industries. He preaches to everyone in school that he knows the Avengers but no one knows his true identity being the Spider-Man. Whilst Peter is discovering his new identity, Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) is coming across alien technology in his line of work but because of Stark Industries and the government, his job soon becomes non-existent. That doesn’t stop him however from stealing alien parts to create new innovative weapons to sell on the black market. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), also known as Iron-Man is Peter’s mentor, teaching him everything that he needs to know and also providing him with super-modified suits to do combat in. But, Peter becomes resistant to Stark’s orders and decides to take matters into his own hands.
After so many tries at getting the character right, they have finally done it. Tom Holland is a perfect match for the role and he brings a new lease of energy along with his youthful looks. Jon Watts basically redeveloped what Spider-Man was and made into something great. No origin story, no spider biting the back of his neck or working as a photographer. He made Spider-Man a completely different character and it works. Michael Keaton, who plays Adrian aka Vulture is not your stereotypical bad guy, this is what I loved. He didn’t want to take over the world, he didn’t want to kill all mankind and be superior, he just wanted to make money. Alien weaponry equals the big money and the reason I loved this was because it didn’t follow every narrative every other superhero film follows. Jon Watts changed the mission and gave Peter Parker a starter challenge. He wasn’t thrown into the deep-end to fight evil villains that have different plans for the world, he fought a greedy possessive man who didn’t really know what he was doing. This was what we all wanted to see, Peter Parker developing a sense for his new found career, a more in-depth story into who the character really is and we definitely found that with Tom Holland.
Like I said at the beginning of this review, my knowledge of superhero films is very limited. I’m not a nerd on the who Marvel world but Jon Watts made it easy for everyone to understand. There were a few references to the previous films, for example, the elevator scene and deaths within the family. The use of comedic effect was super effective also. Being a young cocky lad in high school, the addition of light comedy and jokes suited the Spider-man character. Very much like a child-friendly version of Deadpool.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this new version of Spider-man, even though I am not a fan of the superhero genre, I can see major improvements within, in my personal opinion. Let’s hope they don’t decide to change everything again for the fourth time!