Yes. Spider-Man has finally made his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland has been given quite the pair of boots to fill, and definitely foot the bill in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holland plays the best version of Peter Parker ever on film, and the only one to be a truly believable high school student. Although he was the star of the show, there were several supporting roles that made the movie a definite must-see.
Michael Keaton costars as Vulture, our big baddie, and he is as terrifying as he is terrific. Vulture proves to be an excellent choice for this Spidey's antagonist. Robert Downey, Jr. is as good as he's ever been as Tony Stark/Iron Man. It's amazing when you think about how he kicked off the MCU with such a strong showing, and - very similar to Stark - is helping our newer heroes find they're place in the Universe.
Alongside our veteran costars, there is a bevy of Peter's classmates who appear and really move the movie along. We don't get the usual Harry Osborn as his best friend this time, which I initially thought was odd but eventually found very refreshing. This go-round his BFF is Ned, played by Jacob Batalon. Ned steals the show from Peter from time to time. Their friendship is wonderful and much of the dialogue between them is genuinely funny.
I HAVE to talk about [what I feel to be] the interesting casting of Tony Revolori as "Flash" Thompson. One of the key traits of "Flash" is being a very athletic jock; he's someone who bullies Peter prior to the powers. He has previously been portrayed by Joe Manganiello(Raimi) and Chris Zylka(Webb) so it's quite a change. In Homecoming, he picks at Peter with a different angle. I am very much a fan of the change. Since there's no need for Spider-Man's origins, certain character details can be tweaked. That happens quite a bit with the people you meet in the film...
There aren't many previously seen MCU personalities in Spider-Man's debut, which never turns out to be a bad thing. It's just over two enjoyable hours and it never shifts the focus from Peter Parker. It fits into the universe seamlessly like it had been planned all along, having been affected by existing films while, in turn, affecting future chapters. Sidenote: Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is my favorite MCU character with no powers, for sure.
I noticed that although there is a love interest (played by Laura Harrier), this movie is not a love story. The relationship between Mary Jane and Peter Parker was a large part of the first series, and Gwen Stacy was the same to the next. Again, it's a nice change because it doesn't get sappy like the franchises before it.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is finally here, and Spider-Man is finally fighting alongside the heroes we've always known him to. Finally. It's beautiful, guys. I am most assuredly satisfied with everything I've seen from Tom Holland as our friendly, neighborhood web slinger, and I'm confident things can only get better going forward!
**Stick around after the credits start rolling for a couple of scenes!!**
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Verdict: Must See That
Spider-Man: Homecoming Official Website