Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spider-Man: Homecoming ★★★½

Ignoring Sean Connery's unofficial return in Never Say Never Again, I've now lived to see the same number of actors play Marvel Comics' Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man on screen as have played James Bond. While my introduction to the character came courtesy of former Von Trapp kid Nicholas Hammond's turn in the now decidedly quaint '70s TV show, the other three have arrived in the last 15 years alone, with Tobey Maguire becoming the first big screen Spidey in Sam Raimi's visually impressive but uninvolving noughties trilogy. Then came Andrew Garfield in Marc Webb's under-rated 'Amazing' duo. Though Webb's movies made respectable money, the character was rebooted once again, with Sony Pictures teaming up with Marvel to reintroduce the webslinger, now played by young British star Tom Holland, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a small role in last year's Captain America: Civil War.

In this first official Marvel movie for Stan Lee's most famous creation, the tone is set early on with an orchestral version of the old cartoon 'Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can...' theme playing over the company logo. This is a Spider-Man movie that isn't going to take itself too seriously, a thesis cemented when we're greeted with smartphone footage filmed by Peter Parker as he enjoys his arachnid enhanced crime-fighting activities. Yes, that's right, he ENJOYS being a superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming is refreshingly free of angsty super-brooding.

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