Sony Pictures has screened “Spider-Man: Homecoming” for the junket press who’re usually very lenient on Marvel film titles, certainly more so than the wider film critics base. With this being the first Marvel Studios-approved “Spider-Man” film, it’s expected their first reactions would certainly be more upbeat than it was for “The Amazing Spider-Man” films.
The good news is it seems to have been considerably better than that. First reactions are in and the common consensus is that this easily beats both “The Amazing Spider-Man” films and “Spider-Man 3” in terms of quality, but stands behind “Spider-Man 2” and either better or worse than the first depending upon one’s feelings towards Raimi’s original.
Star Tom Holland has been understandably singled out for praise, but one promising comment is that Michael Keaton’s Vulture is getting a lot of praise as a Marvel villain that finally works. The action, tone and comedy are all getting high marks, but the more dramatic stuff seems to be where there’s some hesitation. Here’s a sample of reactions:
“Spider-Man: Homecoming is a blast. It has an innocence that differentiates it from the other MCU movies but plenty of fun & spectacle too. It felt weird at the start, but then act 3 clicks in BIG TIME. A few days removed, the more I think about it, the more I like it. I was also surprised at the number of times Homecoming surprised me, despite all the rumors I read. Though I’d advise to stop doing that now. And because people will ask, Spider-Man: Homecoming is EASILY the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2. Close to Raimi’s original.” – Germain Lussier, io9
“My #SpiderManHomecoming take: Tom H >Tobey, high school stuff works, Avengersverse doesn’t, and it’s a benchmark for blockbuster diversity. It’s a real delight and a lot of fun, his world feels rich & detailed, Holland is a charming Spider-ManBoy #SpiderManHomecoming” – Jen Yamato, The Los Angeles Times
“SpiderManHomecoming is the third best Spider-Man movie. The cast is great, the tone is affable, the drama is… a little thin, honestly.” – William Bibbiani, Crave Online
“I can finally tell you #SpiderManHomecoming is great fun. Very funny, sweet, smaller stakes but more relatable. Tom Holland rocks.” – Jim Vejvoda, IGN
“Spider-Man Homecoming is a hilarious John Hughes-style high school movie disguised as a superhero film. Second best spidey film. Spider-Man 2 [remains the best]. This is a very very worthy number two.” – Peter Sciretta, Slashfilm
“The @SpiderMan screening just ended & my gut hurts from laughing & ZOMG IT’S SO GOOD. This feels so, so right.” – Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes
“#SpiderManHomecoming is fantastic. Perfectly cast. Does an impressive job of balancing superheroics & high school drama. Also: Michael Keaton’s Vulture is the best MCU villain since Loki (not that that’s such high bar, but still!) #SpiderManHomecoming.” – Angie J. Han, Mashable
“As a huge Spider-Man fan who hated both AMAZING SPIDER-MANs, I am so happy to say SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is really fun.” – Matt Singer, Screen Crush
“#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” – ErikDavis, Fandango
“#SpiderManHomecoming is my favorite Marvel movie. Full stop. Spidey is home at Marvel. Best action in ANY Spidey. A non-stop thrill. LOVE” – Sean O’Connell, Cinema Blend
“Also: #SpiderManHomecoming had a good ol’ classic teen comedy hidden in there, which was a goddamn delight.” – Erin Strecker, Mashable
“#SpiderManHomecoming is one of the best Marvel movies and the best Spider-Man movie, period. So completely terrific, a true crowd pleaser.” – Eric Walkuski, JoBlo
“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is an absolute, gosh-darned DELIGHT. It’s like Spider-Man meets CAN’T HARDLY WAIT.” – Mike Ryan, Uproxxx
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” opens in cinemas on July 7th.