“Spider-Man: Homecoming” just had its big premieres in both New York and Los Angeles. While it doesn’t open until July 7, the advance buzz is overwhelmingly positive with many early reviews making mention of the post-credits scene that sets up one of the next films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “The Avengers: Infinity War” is due out next May.
Tom Holland made his debut as Spider-Man as a supporting player in last summer’s “Captain America: Civil War,” when Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man) recruited him to fight for him during a battle among the Avengers. This new outing marks the comic book character’s first stand-alone film. It was produced by Marvel Studios which reached a deal with Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man.
Sony had previously produced “Spider-Man” films starring Tobey Maguire (2002-2007) and Andrew Garfield (2012-2014) that weren’t connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many of those weighing in with tweets are saying that this new version is even better than any entries in those two franchises.
Robert Downey Jr. returns as Stark, who mentors the young web-slinger Peter Parker and teaches him how to be a hero. Michael Keaton is said to steal scenes as the villainous Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. Vulture, who has a super-suit of his own, albeit with mechanical wings. The battle that erupts between good and evil culminates with a jaw-dropping showdown on New York’s Staten Island Ferry.