Sony has released the first ten minutes of Spider-Man: Homecoming via its YouTube channel, providing a great taste for the handful of people still on the fence about the latest Spider-Man film:
But watching it again, I’m amazed at how well the two opening sequences follow up on the events of Avengers and Captain America: Civil War. In fact, they illustrate one of the great advantages of cinematic universes: the opportunity to highlight consequences. Someone had to clean up after the Battle of New York and the idea that the city would quickly contract the work out to someone like Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) makes sense. It also makes sense that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the U.S. Government would eventually step in. In fact, it makes absolute sense that Toomes and New York City would get started much, much faster. It’s a lovely piece of legitimate real world grounding in the bright fantasy of the first Avengers film. Similarly, Peter’s (Tom Holland) home video and subsequent deflation when the Avengers never call him is instantly relatable without spending too much time establishing the Avengers concept.
Which is the long way of saying I still enjoy Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits digital platforms tomorrow and disc formats on October 17th.