“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web.
“#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it ALL right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening.
Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx added, “SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is an absolute, gosh-darned DELIGHT. It’s like Spider-Man meets CAN’T HARDLY WAIT.”
While Sony is distributing “Homecoming,” Marvel Studios produced the film and introduced Peter Parker back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering the last two Sony produced “Spider-Man” films underperformed critically, it looks preliminarily like the studio made a wise decision to let Marvel Studios and producer Kevin Feige handle the creative decisions.
“#SpiderManHomecoming is SUCH a good time. Fun, inventive action w/ some of the best humor in a Marvel film yet. Great start for MCU Spidey!” tweeted Fandango’s Erik Davis.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming is a blast. It has an innocence that differentiates it from the other MCU movies but plenty of fun & spectacle too,” tweeted io9’s Germain Lussier.
Not everyone was completely sold, however.
“#SpiderManHomecoming is the third best Spider-Man movie. The cast is great, the tone is affable, the drama is… a little thin, honestly,” tweeted CraveOnline’s William Bibiani.
But Comicbook.com’s Brandon Davis countered, “Spider-Man: Homecoming is endless fun, from the first second to the last. Flawless.”
“Absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Spider-Man Homecoming. Funny. Filled with surprises. Tons of fun. Going to make insane $ at box office,” tweeted Collider.com’s Steven Weintraub.
The film picks up with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) following the events of “Captain America: Civil War” as the young web-slinger balances his dual identity of a budding superhero while navigating the everyday life of a teenager in high school. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark and serves as a mentor to Peter, offering his guidance and leadership in an effort to coach the young hero so that he can eventually become an official Avenger just as Peter goes up against his first major nemesis, Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture (Michael Keaton).
“Homecoming” will skip the backstory of how Parker gets his powers, a story that was highlighted in the previous “Spider-Man” incarnations.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” also stars Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, and Tony Revolori, and hits theaters July 7.