"Spider-Man: Homecoming" has already been hyped on social media by those lucky enough to see early screenings, and now critics have followed suit with two big thumbs up.
The Marvel-Sony collaboration staring Tom Holland in his first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after debuting in "Captain America: Civil War," currently holds a stellar 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Out of 35 reviews counted, so far, only two are categorized as "rotten."
Critics are hailing Holland as "the best movie Spider-Man ever," and that the movie itself "one of the very best Marvel Cinematic Universe films, and one of the best films of the year."
"There's an aspect of comic-book superhero films that's more or less encoded in the names of the heroes. Superman. Batman. Iron Man. Wonder Woman. They fly, they scowl, they see through walls, they repel bullets, but in their kingdom-of-kickass way they are all grownups. Peter Parker is different — and he's especially different in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” where Tom Holland plays him with a gawky, anxious deer-in-headlights teen innocence that's so fumblingly aw shucks and ordinary that it seems almost incongruous when he's referred to as 'the Spider-Man.' What he looks (and acts) like is Spider-Boy. Tobey Maguire, who certainly seemed boyish at the time, was 26 years old when he first played Peter, but Holland was just 20 when he shot this film, and it makes a difference. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is the story of a savior who's still mucking around in the business of being a kid. It's almost as if he's his own fanboy."
"News Flash: Tom Holland is the best movie Spider-Man ever. He finds the kid inside the famous red onesie and brings out the kid in even the most hardened filmgoer. The last two Spidey epics had 'Amazing' in the title, but let's face it – both films stirred more apathy than amazement. The only suspense came in wondering how long and hard a franchise could be milked. It may be a problem winning back the comic-book fans, but after that extended cameo in 'Captain America: Civil War' and this new solo outing, you finally feel that your friendly neighborhood web-slinger deserves to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
"The magic of Homecoming is that it belongs more to the John Hughes cinematic universe than the Avengers'. It cleverly references other Marvel films and even iconic scenes from previous Spider-jams, and right when it needs to, the story tosses out a big twist that ups the emotional stakes for Peter and brings his student and superhero lives crashing down on him.
He gets back up again to do the right thing, though, and as much as this Spider-Man upends the rule book, Homecoming is king at capturing the core nature of the character."
"'Homecoming' works by doing something that no Marvel (or DC) movie has done before, something that shows how this monolithic cinematic universe might hope to sustain itself once Thanos has been vanquished to the great space armchair in the sky and modern cinema's biggest mega-franchise becomes desperate for new ways to feel fresh. 'Homecoming' works by allowing itself to become an actual genre film, the first of its ilk to recognize that superhero movies might be more interesting if they were also something else. It's the first of its kind to appreciate that today's assembly-line blockbusters are neutered by their need to fit a unique brands into a one-size-fits-all action template."
"Marvel's made a literal 'Homecoming' in that one of their prized characters is no longer in a single-parent (Sony) household. The result is a “Spider-Man” that feels a little more punchy, laugh-filled, and exciting than one might expect from a property that's already been given plenty of chances to succeed. And yet, when it says 'Spider-Man will return' at the very end, one is tempted to think, 'Don't they mean reboot?'"
"The film is overflowing with stellar talent, even in the smallest of roles and not counting the Marvel loaners in Robert Downey Jr. (who oozes charisma and charm even when phoning it in for a handful of scenes) and Jon Favreau. In the high school alone, there's the too-cool Michelle (Zendaya), the crush Liz (Laura Harrier) and the adorable breakout best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon). Hannibal Buress and Martin Starr are there, too, to add reliable laughs. Adrian's bad-guy crew includes Logan Marshall-Green and Michael Cernus. Even Spider-Man's suit has an Oscar winner behind its voice (Jennifer Connelly)."
"'Spider-Man: Homecoming' presents the third solo iteration of Spider-Man in the last 15 years, but it's arguably the best one yet. While Sam Raimi's movies have their merits, and the less said about The 'Amazing Spider-Man' films the better, 'Homecoming' takes Peter Parker in a fresh direction not only by making him a teenager (and actually investing in that world rather than using it as a backdrop), but by letting him run towards being Spider-Man rather than wrestle with the weight of his responsibilities. Raimi's movies couldn't resist Peter seeing his powers as both a blessing and a curse, and the Marc Webb films are too busy weaving a conspiracy plot, but Jon Watts' picture features a young hero desperate to prove himself and having a blast while doing it"