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Fantasy - Superheroes, Spider-Man

Spiderman: Homecoming (2017)

Duration2h 13m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Denmark: 11 
Source of storyA rehash of the Spiderman story, now within the Avengers universe. Based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
DirectorJon Watts
Writers/ScriptJonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
StarringTom Holland, Michael keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gryneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Mando, Stan Lee, Chris Evans, 
RatingsIMDb: 7.4 by 559K people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 92% by 391 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: In the aftermath of the Battle of New York (Avengers: Endgame) there is a lot of alien technology lying about which is being salvaged by a man who comes to be known as “Vulture” once he has developed a one man flying suit. Peter Parker, developing his Spiderman capabilities, sometimes with a suit developed by the Avengers, sometimes fights for justice and finds himself facing up to Vulture. At other times he is in High School trying to get together with  a female student, and disguisign from the other students that he is a superhero.

Content: There is no sex or nudity, or drinking or smoking, I don’t think. Peter spends time developing his capabilities and inventing the sipder’s web stuff. He is in school, and I think is 16 years old, although commentaries disagree on this. He meets Iron Man/Tony Stark and gets the super Spider suit, which has a detachable flying bug which I liked. He lives with his Aunt May, from whom he tried to hide his alter-ego. He goes to Washington with a school team, but does not participate Spidering instead. There are some climactic events, one of them involving a ferry cut in two.

A View: I am not a fan of the Avengers. I am ready to accept that each fantasy film has to have its own logic, so there is no possibility of any logic in an environment which contains a Norse god and a Russian female assassin, to name but two, but other than that this outing went pretty well so I join everyone else in giving it a couple of ticks up.

I find that I have only reviewed on other Spiderman film, although I count that there have been seven, it was: The Amazing Spiderman.   

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