The big question out there with geeky fans such as myself was whether Sony could work with Marvel to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinema universe. Also looming like a shadow over the Spider-Man franchise was whether the first new Spider-Man movie would be able to stand on its own given its predecessors. We all wondered what direction it might take. How would this reboot work?
I’m happy to say that this was a fantastic film.
From the opening during the Marvel credits when they played the Spider-Man cartoon theme song, this is a well crafted story that stands completely on its own.
We didn’t get a whole origin story – thank God. We all know it anyway. Radioactive spider bites kid, he gets powers. In a remarkable move, we didn’t get dragged through that in his film. Instead this film focuses on a solid plot and characters.
I was concerned with the trailers and the emphasis on Iron Man/Tony Stark. I was concerned that this would be Iron Man 4 rather than Spider-Man 1. I was not disappointed in the least. This was a movie where the supporting cast (Ned and Happy) really help add to the mythos of Spider-Man. We got just enough Stark in this film, and in all the right way. A man that is aging, coming to grips with the fact that his recruitment of 14 year old Peter Parker in Civil War put the young man at deadly risk.
The performance of Michael Keaton as the Vulture was great as well. He plays a great villain who starts out in an almost Breaking Bad formula – being bad for good reasons. That devolves as the character changes.
This movie is all about characters growing and evolving. It is a fun romp in the Marvel universe. We have a new Spider-Man for the new generation. I took my young grandson to the movie and his take was that the movie was great, but they almost used a bad word at the end. I wouldn’t say it is for every kid, but we had a blast.
Five out of five stars. Go see this film!