Following three poorly received installments and two franchise reboots headed by Sony Pictures, there’s a lot riding on Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) prodigal return to the Marvel stable, a near miracle in itself of cross-studio collaboration. Indeed, though the words, “with great power comes great responsibility” are never actually spoken in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the mantra weighs as heavily on the production as it does its hero.

Smartly, Homecoming undercuts expectations of going bigger and more bombastic by opening with a do-over of the airport scene in Captain America: Civil War, replayed as a very funny home video. Setting the tone for a laid-back, youthful take on our hero, the film picks up immediately after the events of Civil War, with Peter Parker back to normality contending with the trials of high-school life and the sophomoric frustrations of not being a full-time Avenger. Fears that Iron Man‘s (Robert Downey Jr.) presence might overshadow Spider-Man are thankfully unfounded. Though Tony Stark features throughout Homecoming, this is Spider-Man’s film from top to bottom. Downey Jr. ably fills an Uncle Ben-shaped hole in the film’s emotional centre, bringing his own daddy issues to their dysfunctional mentor relationship.

For the full review, head over to CineVue.

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