We are only a few days away from the premiere of Avengers: Endgame and as the release date approaches and we reach the end of this journey, we want to look back on everything that brought us here. We’ve watched these heroes struggle, grow, and save humanity over the last ten years and want to share some of our favorite moments of their stories. We will be going through each phase in order, covering every movie leading up to April 26. Now we bring you our favorite moments, scenes and impressions from Spider-Man: Homecoming, which, refreshingly, is not an origin story per se, but a re-introduction of a beloved character from the Marvel universe.
Here are some of our favorite moments from the movie!
What I love about Spider-Man: Homecoming is the fact that they didn’t opt for yet another Spider-Man origin story, because we’d seen that done time and time again, some with only a few years apart. In the Marvel universe, Spider-Man was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and it is just assumed that everyone already knows how he became Spider-Man. What we didn’t know is what kind of Peter Parker this movie would introduce us to, but I have to admit that he is probably one of my favorite incarnations of the cult character ever. Tom Holland plays Peter with such an ease, he has the perfect mix of awkwardness, nerdiness, humor and wit that makes Spidey so loveable. I also love how this movie ties into the events of Avengers (2012) and the future of the Marvel universe, as it sets up a couple of possibilities not only for Spider-Man, but for other characters in his universe as well.
I loved how pure Peter was when it came to interacting with Tony or Happy, how badly he wanted to be included in “official Avengers business” and how he still stayed the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, even though he got involved in a rather big case. I loved the way he interacted with his Stark-produced suit, how he learned about all the little details Tony added to make the most out of his superpowers. Speaking of Tony, his dynamic with Peter is one of the purest and most heartwarming relationships in the MCU. I love their father-and-son banter and the way they end up working together, even though they are apart for most of the film.
I have a couple of favorite scenes, but I especially love the scenes with Ned and Peter bonding or just investigating together. There are so many to pick from, but the moment Ned finds out that Peter is Spider-Man and drops that Lego Death Star will forever make me laugh. This is definitely one of the Marvel movies I’ve seen the most, and I’ll probably never get tired of it.
From the time when I grew up in a household dominated by brothers — a said brother who wore his Spider-Man costume to primary school every single day — to when I found my own interest in superheroes, the cult character of Spiderman has always left an impression on me. Although, I did not fit the target market age, I remember watching Tobey Maguire’s portrayal light up on screen. Back then, he was not a celebration of meme culture but someone who changed the perception of superhero films with a soundtrack that echoed Chad Kroeger’s Hero.
Suffice to say, Tom Holland had big shoes to fill. He came in swinging (yes, pun intended) in Spider-Man: Homecoming and while my younger, seven year old self did not know it at the time, quickly became my favorite incarnation of the web-crawler. Not only did Holland have Stan Lee’s blessing, but all the attributes of something we had not seen before: the duality of a high school student, that genuinely looked like a high school student, given great responsibility. There were times when he struggled, being in way over his head when a boat went down with passengers inside. Just as his razor tongue and quick-wit got him into trouble. When he is in the back of Liz’s dad (and current villian) Adrian Toomes’ car, with Liz in tow, ready to go to the prom, the tension can only not be cut with a knife but makes for some hilarity.
However, the characteristic that has made Holland’s portrayal stand out from a crowd of already well-acted depictions is how he plays into Peter’s innocence. This can be largely contributed to his relationship with Tony Stark. Acting as his friend and mentor, the billionaire tech is his Obi-Wan Kenobi. He creates the suit with the addition of cool gadgets, most of which end Peter in a predicament when first understanding how they work, and as a compass when he becomes lost. He was not afraid to take the suit away in a lesson of the Avenger’s lifestyle not being a game.
Stay with Nerds and Beyond for more Marvel memories as we count down to Avengers: Endgame!