Spidey’s Home II
Spider-Man: Homecoming is the kind of movie that deserves to be written about twice, so here I am with the second part of my impression of the movie. I do suggest you check out the first one before diving into this so that you’d get the whole Parker experience. In any case, here we go.
If anything, I think the only reason that I myself am not claiming this is the best Spider-Man movie to date is because of its connection to the whole MCU, which actually downplays the movie’s overall significance by making it just another installment in a wider franchise. But, the movie itself stands out on its own in spite of the limitations coming from its connections to the wider MCU. And again, Robert Downey, Jr. can do whatever the f*^% he wants, so I’m not complaining.
Of course, there’s the requisite Easter eggs and nods to other movies from the MCU that will have those drooling nerds’ pants soaked in their own “web fluid,” all of which I will not be talking about here less of a fear of spoiling the movie for you (because I don’t really care about your feelings) but more for basic human etiquette. I mean, come on, I don’t want you rubbing your genitals while you read all the details of Spider-Man: Homecoming here. Get back on your meds, you sicko. What interests me more, though, are the numerous scenes that pay homage to Spider-Man’s comic book iteration.
(All right, mild spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk)
From images where Peter Parker sits on a ledge while eating a sandwich, which is pretty much par for the course in the comics, to that iconic cover by Steve Ditko where everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man… You know what? I’ll leave it to you to rub one out in the theaters when you see it.
Then, there’s Michael Keaton. I think I don’t need to explain anything else aside from saying that it’s Michael freaking Keaton who plays classic Spider-Man baddie Vulture. The man learned a lot from playing Birdman a few years ago, which is perhaps why he made his Spider-Man: Homecoming character immensely cool. Honestly, whenever I see Vulture in the comics, all I see is this flying weird-ass old man with a beak nose who may or may not have rickets and probably lures kids into his freaky old house with candy. Michael Keaton’s version of the character, though, made Vulture fashionable. Plus, the portrayal of this villain here shows that Marvel is gradually getting better at writing foils for their properties. Let’s just hope the trend continues and they don’t revert to making disposable villains in the future. All in all, I’d say that Michael Keaton’s portrayal of the Vulture is what you’d expect from someone of his caliber: top-notch. As for the character itself, Marvel Studios did a better job with this one than they did with Kurt Russell’s Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. However, Mr. Keaton’s Vulture still doesn’t hold a candle to Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, at least not for now.