Country: United States
Category: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 7 July 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Logan Marshall-Green, Tom Holland
Age Restriction: 2 years
Duration: 150 minutes
Box Office: $?
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is one of the best superhero movies since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” proving that when it comes to the friendly, neighborhood wall crawler, the third time is the charm.
By rebooting Peter Parker’s story while our protagonist is still in high school, the new “Spider-Man” revels in the innocent fun of being a hero, a welcome antidote to a host of comic book films that have become overly dour and self-serious. Call it the Nolan effect. Ever since his “The Dark Knight” series dug for parallels with the Iraq War and other global tragedies, comic book movies have followed suit. In the process they’ve killed the joy — and the humor — that used to be part of suiting up in spandex.
It didn’t used to be this way. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s and even ’90s, comic book films usually didn’t rely so heavily on mass destruction. There was another kind of movie for that: depicted in disaster films (which all paid an homage to “The Towering Inferno”) such as 1998’s “Volcano” or 1997’s “Deep Impact,” starring Morgan Freeman as the first African-American president, warning citizens of the United States of their impending doom. But along the way, comic book movies stole from that genre. Or became a subset of it.
When it first swing into theaters in 2002, "Spider-Man" set a box office record. Next weekend, Sony and Marvel Studios will test the web-slinger's staying power with the second franchise reboot in the space of a decade.
It's a challenge, even for one of pop culture's most enduring characters. The comic book movie boom is now two decades strong, but no studio has tried what Sony and Marvel are now attempting.
#After a long wait, Spider-Man will be welcomed back into theaters this weekend when his new film drops Watch Spider Man Homecoming
"We're talking 15 years or so since the first 'Spider-Man' [film], and so to have three different Spider-Men in that amount of time is somewhat unprecedented," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. For comparison, it took Warner Bros. nearly twice as long to launch a second Batman reboot. On its face, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" looks like a sure winner. It marks the first standalone Spidey film in Marvel's massively popular series of interconnected movies, hence the "homecoming" theme. Fans mostly lauded actor Tom Holland's reinvention of the iconic character, who appeared in an extended cameo in last summer's "Captain America: Civil War.
Still, the stakes are high. Sony's five previous Spider-Man movies have earned nearly $4 billion at the global box office But there is a bigger question that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" may answer: Will fans burn out as studios introduce new spins on popular superheroes, or can they continue to reinvent these characters and keep cashing in.
"Franchise fatigue is always a concern for any series as well-represented on the big screen as this character has been over the past 15 years, but the pros definitely seem to outweigh the cons in this case," said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.
BoxOffice.com is betting "Spider-Man: Homecoming" will outperform expectations and drum up $125 million in its U.S. opening, as strong reviews following early screenings boost the buzz ahead of next week's debut.
"Spider-Man: Homecoming" currently has a 92 percent "Fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes, and it's the most talked about movie on social media right now, according to comScore.