Again, I find myself avoiding my mountains of homework and studying in favor of taking a mental break. As it turns out, mental labor can be just as exhausting as physical labor and I desperately needed a break from all the intellectual stuff I’ve been doing. I’d heard good things about Spider-Man: Homecoming and decided this would be a good night to chill for a little bit, eat some pizza, and watch a movie.
“A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.”
This movie was both funnier and more moving than I thought it would be. It was nice and refreshing to also see a Spider-Man and Peter Parker who was every bit the very young teenager Spider-Man typically portrayed. It was also refreshing to see a distinct lack of storylines focused on the romance aspect or Peter doing anything to get a girlfriend.
One of the things that really struck me about this movie is that Peter Parker really has a rough go of things. He wants to do the right thing but he doesn’t have the resources to make as big of a difference as he wants. And then when he’s faced with impossible situations, he still makes that impossible decision, no matter the cost to him and the things he wants in his life. That’s the true story of what being a hero means – it’s doing the right thing, no matter the cost, and whether or not anyone else is watching.
I also watched some of the deleted scenes, including the ads Captain America did for lice, school lunches, reading, math, and other topics. I can’t decide whether those were ridiculous or just plain sad and I wound up having a discussion with one of my friends about how Captain America: the Winter Soldier was actually one of the most heart-breaking stories in the comic book world because what happened to Bucky Barnes is exactly what would have happened to Steve Rogers if Steve hadn’t been frozen for 50 years – he would have wound up as a political pawn for people who would abuse his abilities and his position. Which is one of the reasons that Spider-Man is such an iconic character – he comes from nothing. He’s not rich and he struggles to just make ends meet. He isn’t a god from another world, he isn’t a trained espionage expert, and he doesn’t have any special magic powers. He’s just a high school kid who wants to do something bigger.
Overall, this movie is easily a high three on my rating scale. I’m glad I own it and I’m positive I will watch it again in the future.