Spider-Man: New Act. New Direction??

Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man! Today’s movie needs no further intro. The franchise got a face-lift this year with a new direction and act; 21-year-old Tom Holland taking over from Andrew Garfield. You remember the cheeky kid who made his debut as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War by stealing Captain American’s shield from him. It was a pretty good entry with him almost stealing the show in the fight between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark’s teams.

Spider-Man:Homecoming is the second Spider-Man film reboot and the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Directed by Jon Watts, it also stars Michael KeatonJon FavreauZendayaDonald GloverTyne DalyMarisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. The 2017 American superhero film was co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter after his exciting foray with the Avengers, wants nothing more than to use his Spidey senses to fight crime like his mentor Tony Stark. And he gets his chance with the villain Vulture (A regular Joe that got s***ed by the government).

In February 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony reached an agreement to share the character rights of Spider-Man, integrating the character into the established MCU. By the next year, Holland was cast as the title character and Watts was hired to direct.

Apparently, the producers thought that the franchise needed a total make over because in Homecoming, we get a Peter Parker whose best friend is Ned not Harry, has a crush on a girl not called Mary Jane and his Aunt May is hot! Holland’s Peter Parker is also younger (15) and completely loves the superhero stuff. A big deviation from McGuire and Garfield’s characters, who were torn between the superhero life and being normal.

The new direction gambit appears to have paid off. Since Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered in Hollywood on June 28, 2017, and was released in the United States on July 7, 2017, it has grossed $671 million worldwide, making it the seventh highest grossing film of 2017. Reports from from Fandango indicated that Homecoming was the second-most anticipated summer blockbuster behind Wonder Woman.


It has the second-highest opening for both a Spider-Man film and a Sony film, after Spider-Man 3‘s $151.1 million in 2007.  Homecoming‘s domestic gross reached $208.3 million, which surpassed the total domestic gross of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($202.9 million). The film is projected to earn over $300 million as total domestic gross, with projections as high as $325 million.

Nominated for 4 Teen Choice Awards, Homecoming received positive reviews, with critics praising Holland’s reincarnated Spider-Man, who just loves being the hero and Keaton’s performance as the Vulture as one of the strongest, most sympathetic villains of the entire series. They also appreciated the light tone and the action sequences. With Mike Ryan of Uproxx concluding it’s “the best Spider-Man movie to date”.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% rating based on 273 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.”

But some criticized the new direction by Jon Watts as “unevenly orchestrated“. The Hollywood Reporter‘s John DeFore found the film to be “occasionally exciting but often frustrating,” and suggested it might have worked better “had Marvel Studios execs and a half-dozen screenwriters not worked so hard to integrate Peter Parker into their money-minting world.”

Jollyhood definitely isn’t of the mind that Spiderman: Homecoming is the best Spidey movie ever made. I mean while it was bouncy, lighthearted fun watching this earnest young Peter Parker Spidey hop all over the screen, it also occasionally felt frustrating watching him at the same time. Maybe it had something to do with this huge switch in the storyline from the mature tone set by its predecessor’s versions to this juvenile version, making Homecoming feel like a “teeny bopper movie”. And Keaton’s villain, flying around in some mechanical suit didn’t help either. Or maybe I’m just biased because Garfield is my favourite Spidey and I would have loved for him to do another movie in the franchise???

Holland’s new found fans should be glad to know that a sequel is scheduled to be released on July 5, 2019 with Holland confirmed (of course), and the studio keen on having Watts return as a director. The idea is that additional films are to follow the model of the Harry Potter film series, having the plot of each film cover a new school year. Can’t wait to see how Holland does in his next series.

As usual, I look forward to your take on our new Spidey movie. And you can still join Waka With Debbie to Kaduna for a stay in an actual, real castle in Naija on 18-21st August, 2017. I hear the castle was built by a German expatriate. I think it sounds absolutely cool! Just check out the pix of the castle. Have an awesome weekend guys! Much love!


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