So Aunt May is young now? – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #17
Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya
Director: Jon Watts
Synopsis: 6 months after the events of Civil War, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) spends his days waiting for a call or text alerting him of his next ‘mission’ with the Avengers. While out one night, passing the time, he stumbles across some guys selling alien style weapons and their leader who uses a suit to fly (Michael Keaton). When it appears that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) isn’t believing what Peter is telling him, he decides to set out and catch the bad guys himself.
Opinion: I’ve mentioned this in another review but obviously feel the need to repeat it here, I am not a huge Spider-Man person, never have been really. I did enjoy the Tobey Maguire versions, never bothered with the Andrew Garfield ones and honestly the only reason I ever watched this is because it’s part of the Avengers. (SIDE NOTE: Spider-Verse, however, is AMAZING and feel free to check out my review of that here) Anyway, back to this movie. It’s ultimately an enjoyable watch with the right amount of humour and action and Tom Holland is genuinely great at Peter/Spider-Man. In fact, the entire young cast is really good with special mention to Zendaya as M.J. who literally has the least screen time but every time she is there, she’s delivering such a punchy line with amazing style it’s never forgettable. The hardest thing for me though was spending the movie kind of feeling sorry for Peter. I mean he was whisked away by Tony Stark to fight with the Avengers and then back to normal life and being completely ignored by Happy (Jon Favreau). I mean, he’s a kid! This is a line constantly repeated by the ‘adults’ in the film but no one ever explains his powers or what to do to fill the time they just tease him with fun then tell him no and walk away. No teenager who suddenly discovered they had super powers is just going to do nothing, especially one who just wants to do good and be a better person than what he thinks he is. Yes, yes I’m sure there are hidden morals and tests and agendas to all of Tony’s actions (probably not but hey benefit of the doubt) and they are keeping watch and following up on things, they just never tell him and so he’s left felling like he has to do something and obviously…..chaos ensues.
So besides all of my constant wishing that someone would just tell him what’s going on, I ultimately enjoyed the movie. Not as much as some of the others in the series but watching it for a second time was still as fun as the first. And let’s be honest, Michael Keaton as a bad guy is always worth it in my opinion.
Fun Facts: As is now the Marvel standard, there are 2 credit scenes with one near the start that directly relates to this film and then another at the end that’s just a bit of fun and part of a running joke through the whole movie. Other than that, there is the standard Stan Lee cameo and also a couple of random appearances from other characters from the universe (besides Tony & Happy of course).