Spidey (Tom Holland) with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) in the film Image: Facebook
Spider-Man: Homecoming is out, and outrageously good. It's not just the best Spidey movie ever made, but also one of the best Marvel movies ever made — which is saying a lot. It's fresh, it's original, it does not take itself too seriously, and yet, manages to be the sharpest outing of the year. The new Spider-Man might be the youngest web-slinger on the block, but he's quite the Avenger in the making.
The movie basicaly has Spidey gearing up for his Avenger stint — kind of an internship, if you will. He is learning to have fun with his new suit and superpowers, with the help of his millionaire mentor Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downmey Jr), who has the 15-year-old Spidey under his Training Wheels programme. The movie has some serious surprise elements, and some of them will definitely matter for the future Spider-Man instalments and the Avenger series. Check it out.
Is Zendaya's character really Mary Jane Watson?
Marvel nerds know who Mary Jane Watson is. Spidey's lady-love, whom he met in high school, and is often referred to as MJ . In the movie, Peter is seen having a major crush on Liz Allan (Laura Harrier), who eventually moves away. But makers bring in the cool, non-conformist Michelle Jones (Zendaya), as Peter's decathlon team mate. Zendaya's character has been garnering a lot of interest, since before the movie released, with several fans speculating that Michelle is actually MJ — Michelle Jones. Get it?
But it's not really that simple. At the end of the film, Michelle tells her decathlon team that they can call her MJ, and she is kind of intrigued by Peter. But Spider-Man makers are making this complicated. "She never was Mary Jane Watson. She was always this new high school character, Michelle, who we know there's an "M" in Michelle and an "M" in Mary. So we're so clever and we thought, "Wouldn't it be neat if her initials were MJ?", said Marvel's Kevin Faige.
"She's not Mary-Jane Watson. Is she going to date Peter? Are they going to fall in love? There's a nice chemistry there. Who knows what will happen in the future films?" added Feige, who clearly knows how to keep the mystery alive.
Aaron Davis is more important than you thought
Atlanta star plays Aaron Davis, aka Prowler a smal-time criminal, with a somewhat good heart. He is grateful to Spider-Man, who saved his life, and gives him the Vulture's whereabouts. He also schools Spidey about confronting criminals, cuz the kid is just 15, and a total rookie. Interestingly, the character of Prowler first appears in Amazing Spider-Man (1969). He is the uncle to Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino kid from Queens who takes on the Spider-Man's mantle, after Spidey dies. Yup.
In the film, Aaron tells Spidey, "I don't want these arms in this neighbourhood. I have a nephew who lives here." There's no doubt that the nephew in question is Miles. But the question is, by bringing in Aaron and Miles into the mixture, is Marvel hinting at an ominous fate for Spidey? Also, Aaron eventually goes on to become an antagonist to the new Spidey, according to the comics. So, is Aaron returning for the next instalments?
Is aunt May going to be a problem?
If you don't already know it yet, Peter's Aunt May goes through a spectacular transformation in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She's not the nice, old, grey-haired lady, who bakes cookies, anymore. Aunt May is now played by the fierce Marisa Tomei, who is, for the lack of a better word, seriously hot. At the end of the movie, May finds out that Peter is Spider-Man, and the movie ends on her splitting out the words, "What the f**k." Now, the old Aunt May would have been easy to convince, but will the new May let a 15-year-old Peter go about his web-slinging ways, without being an inconvenience?
In the film, Peter talks about choosing between college and being an Avenger, the latter being a full-time occupation. Obviously. And we do not think Aunt May will just let Peter skip college to go fight Loki, or Thanos, or some other devious alien overlord. And honestly, that would be funny to watch.
Is the Vulture returning?
Vulture aka Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) goes to prison at the end of the film, and surprisingly projects a more humane side. The arms trafficker-cum-winged-supervillain made for a formidable enemy for Spidey, cuz he wasn't just the nemesis, but also Liz's father. Yeah. Major wtf moment, right? But in the post-credit scene, Vulture is shown to be having a very interesting moment in prison, and fans can't help but wonder if he will play a part in Spider-Man 2?
Intrerestingly, Vulture is also very miffed with the Avengers, and would make for a very exciting addition to the supervillain squad in the future.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is running in theatres now.