In February 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony reached a deal to share the character rights of Spider-Man, integrating the character into the established MCU. The following June, Holland was cast as the title character, while Watts was hired to direct, followed shortly by the casting of Tomei and the hiring of Daley and Goldstein. In April 2016, the film's title was revealed, along with additional cast, including Downey. Principal photography began in June 2016 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and continued in New York City, before concluding in Berlin the following October. During filming, Watts, Ford, McKenna and Sommers were revealed as additional screenwriters. The production team made efforts to differentiate the film from previous Spider-Man incarnations.
Following the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his salvage company were contracted to clean up the city, but their operation was quickly taken over by Tony Stark's newly founded U.S. Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.). Enraged at being driven out of business by the very people who nearly destroyed the city in the first place, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they already scavenged and use it to create and sell weapons. For the next few years, Toome's old company became a black market weapons dealer, selling dangerous hi-tech weapons built by Toome's friend Phineas Mason a.k.a. "The Tinkerer" using the salvaged Chitaury devices. Tinkerer also built a flying suit for Toomes which he uses to steal stuff salvaged from D.O.D.C. to use for their weapons, all while staying away from the Avenger's radar. Toomes himself adopted the moniker "The Vulture" due to his flying armor and because of how he scavenges technology just like how a real vulture scavenges for food.
When the Avengers were facing an internal dispute Tony Stark recruited the teenager Peter Parker, who had just become a superhero calling himself "Spider-Man" to join his side of the Avengers conflict and fight against Captain America. For the mission, Tony built a new hi-tech Spider-Man costume for Peter to use. After the mission ended Peter was allowed to keep his Spider-Man suit under the condition that he keeps a low profile as Stark feels he's too young to be an Avenger.
Peter resumed his studies, Midtown School of Science and Technology, quitting many school clubs including the academic decathlon team to spend more time focusing on his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man; saying that he had an intership at Stark Industries as his alibi. For the next few months Peter continued being the Spider-Man but was limited to only doing smaller hero jobs like stopping a bike thief or helping an old woman get home, leading Spider-Man to become popular around Queens. Parker quickly became frustrated that Iron Man isn't calling him for more Avengers mission and continously pesters Happy Hogan with text messages and phone calls.
One night Peter notices a group of thugs robbing an ATM and becomes excited because stopping a bank robbery was a much better job than what he usually does. He quickly overpowers the thugs until they bring out strange super dangerous weapons that blow up the bank and a nearby restaurant. Parker then returns to his apartment by crawling through the window and the roof into his room unaware that his friend Ned Leeds was there witnessing everything. Peter is forced to tell Ned that he indeed is the Spider-Man and beg him to keep the secret as well. Ned asks Peter if he can be his "mission control assistant".
Ned, wanting to stop being the class geek, accidentally says that Peter knows Spider-Man and promises that Spider-Man will appear at Liz's party, whom Peter has a crush on. The night of the party Peter intends to appear as Spider-Man until he notices a strange explosion and decides to investigate. Parker comes across Toomes' associates Jackson Brice and Herman Schultz selling weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis similar to the ones the thugs from a few days ago used.
Spider-Man tries to capture the gang before the Vulture appears and throws him into a lake to drown before being rescued by Stark, who is monitoring the Spider-Man suit at all times with a tracking device. Peter asks Tony to investigate further into those weapon dealers, Tony agrees but warns Peter to stay away from that case. Peter decides to ignore that warning thinking that if he captures the Vulture he'll prove that he's ready to be an Avenger.
Back at Toomes' gang's hideout, Brice is scolded for repeatedly doing public stunts when dealing weapons as it already called Spider-Man's attention and if he keeps it up it'll get the Avengers investigating them. Not wanting to take any chances, Toomes fires Brice and accidentally kills him with one of their weapons so he decides to make Schultz the new Shocker. Toomes vows to kill Spider-Man before he causes any more problems for them.
Parker and Ned study a weapon left behind by Brice, removing its power core. When a tracking device on Schultz leads to Maryland, Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. The night before the decathlon Ned and Parker disable the tracker Stark implanted in the Spider-Man suit, and unlock its advanced features. Parker tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a D.O.D.C. truck using the suit's full capabilities including his very own AI assistant "Karen", but is overpowered by the Vulture and trapped inside the truck, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. While stuck at the D.O.D.C. warehouse Karen indicates that the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade that will explode if it is exposed to radiation. Parker panicks because Ned is literally carrying a bomb in his backpack and the decathlon team is schedule to visit the Washington Monument. The X-Rays from security system there will trigger the bomb.
Spider-Man races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes and traps Ned and their friends in an elevator. Evading local authorities, Spider-Man saves his friends, including his fellow classmate and crush Liz. Spider-Man is declared a national hero for his brave actions. Tony is impressed by Spider-Man and assures him that the Vulture will be captured soon.
Returning to New York City, Parker persuades Davis to reveal Toomes' whereabouts and learns that they'll be aboard the Staten Island Ferry. Peter intends to ambush the gang, when he does he captures The Vulture's new buyer Mac Gargan and gets a quick glimpse of Toomes before he puts on the Vulture armor. Spider-Man and Vulture have a brief fight that results in the Vulture's malfunctioning weapon cutting ferry in half. Vulture and Shocker escape while Spider-Man desperately tries to keep the boat afloat before Iron Man appears and saves the passengers. Back at the shore, a very dissapointed Tony scolds Peter for ignoring his warnings and confiscates his suit due to his irresponsible recklessness and over-reliance on it. Meanwhile Toomes is disheartened to learn that Iron Man now is hunting for them and decides to drop the gang and flee, but not before making one last and really huge heist.
Parker returns to his high school life, and eventually asks Liz to go to the homecoming dance with him. On the night of the dance, Parker goes to Liz's house to pick her up but when the door is opened he is horrified to see none other than Adrian Toomes; the Vulture is Liz's father. Peter awkardly tries to have a brief talk with Adrian, who will drive him and Liz to the dance. On the way to school Toomes quickly decudes Parker's identity when Liz mentions that Peter has intership at Stark Industries and that he always dissapears whenever Spider-Man shows up.
Once Liz gets off the car Toomes tells Peter that he knows his secret identiy but also thanks him for saving Liz's life and offers him to end their feud peacefully on the condition that Spider-Man doesn't interferre with his final heist, but also warns Peter that he'll kill him and everyone he loves if Spider-Man does show up. During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from the Avengers Tower to the team's new headquarters. He reluctantly ditches Liz and dons his old homemade Spider-Man suit and races to Toomes' lair. He is first ambushed by Schultz, but defeats him with the help of Ned. At the lair, Parker tries to scold Toomes for being the Vulture but Toomes defends his actions by claiming that while he is a criminal, he only does so to support his family. Toomes destroys the building's support beams and leaves Parker to die.
Parker is able to escape the rubble and hijacks the Vulture with his Web-shooters to intercept the plane. A brief fight between the two causes the plane to steer out of control crash on the beach near Coney Island. Both survive the crash but Spider-Man is weakened and Vulture's wings are damaged. Spider-Man and Vulture engage in an open confrontation that ends with Vulture ovepowering Spider-Man, but before dealing the finishing blow Toomes notices a nearby crate full of Arc Reactors still intact. Feeling the heist isn't a total loss yet, Toomes throws Peter aside and tries to flee with the crate, but his wings begin to malfunction. Peter realizes the wings are going to explode just like the Chitauri core back at Washington D.C because the Arc Reactors in the crate emit radiation and tries to stop Toomes in vain. The Vulture Wings explodes burying Toomes under burning wreckage. Peter rushes to save Toomes' life and leaves him webbed up for the police to arrest him. After her father's arrest, Liz's family moves away.
Tony, impressed by Peter's victory over Toomes, offers him a new more advanced Spider-Man suit and full time membership at the Avengers. Parker however declines the offer, having understood that he isn't ready and is happy to stick with small hero jobs for the time being. Tony applauds his maturity, but given that he had called over 50 reporters he decides to propose marriage to Pepper Potts to cover up. Back at home, Peter finds his Spider-Man suit and puts it on, unaware that Aunt May witnessed him doing so.
In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes in prison. Gargan heard rumors that Toomes knows Spider-Man's real identity, but Toomes denies the rumors convincingly. In a post-credits scene, Captain America breaks the fourth wall and gives a brief speech about patience as part of a PSA video, yet, he explains the audience they had awaited for nothing.
Why It Rocks
- The director made a comprehensive list of things done in previous Spider-Man movies so that this one would avoid them and feel fresh. It paid off well.
- In the comics and cartoons the eyes on Spider-Man's mask move and emote to show Peter's expressions but in the movies the mask is completely static for realism sake, thus completely ommitting that feature from the character. Homecoming solved this by making the eyes in the mask "focus lenses" allowing them to move and emote.
- Captain America appearing in a PSA coach video is a fun nod to real life PSA tests in high school.
- While recent MCU movies went for surrealistic and high-stakes plots, Homecoming goes for a more realistic story with noticeably lower stakes, giving it a more down-to-Earth feel (akin to Marvel's street-level heroes such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Punisher).
- No origin story of Peter getting bitten by the mutant spider or Uncle Ben's death. Marvel avoided having to show that yet again by introducing Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and having this movie pick up from there. Peter still mentions the spider bite and Uncle Ben but very briefly.
- While Iron Man is an important character he doesn't steal the spotlight from Peter Parker.
- It's easy to feel identified with Peter over his desire to prove he's a worthy superhero that should be taken seriously only to screw it up. Most go through that in their teenage and early adulthoods.
- The Vulture is arguably one of the best villains in the MCU (both movies and Netflix shows). Unlike most villains who tend to be generic and forgettable, Adrian Toomes is an interesting character with a fleshed out personality as well as being very sympathetic and relatable (an honest worker and family man who was driven out of business and was forced to become criminal all while still trying to support his family), yet he still comes off as dangerous and menacing. He also has a very well-executed Hero-Villain relationship to Spider-Man as he is the father of Liz Allan-Toomes in this version and once drove both Peter and Liz to the homecoming dance. Likewise, Peter is a young eager teen who looks forward to his future as a hero while Toomes is a frustrated older man who has seen life and feels he has no choice but become a criminal. Even the Vulture himself chooses not to reveal the identity of Spider-Man as he saved by him and in turn he repaid his debt to his former archenemesis.
- The Vulture's popularity was helped by Michael Keaton's performance. And because Adrian Toomes didn't die many fans are hopeful that he'll will return in a future movie.
- In addition to Vulture, The Shocker and the Tinkerer also appear but they don't steal the spotlight from the main antagonist so the movie doesn't feel like it has too many villains.
- Great acting from Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, and to an extent Tony Revolori
- Great visual effects as well as cool action.
- Tons of funny moments such as Spider-Man clumsily swinging towards other people's houses, stopping a robber on his bicycle, and falling flat on his face as well as funny lines such as "You guys are losers" to "What's Up Penis Parker" which makes Spider-Man: Homecoming probably one of the funniest MCU movie to date.
- Awesome score by Michael Giacchino, featuring a remix of the classic Spider-Man theme song.
- Cool Easter egg reference to Miles Morales (the second generation Spider-Man after Peter Parker) with Aaron Davis (portrayed by Donald Glover) mentioning him as a "nephew living out here" in New York City.
- The phrase "If you're nothing without the suit, you shouldn't have it" serves as a reasonable substitute to the typical "With great power comes great responsibility" phrase Spider-Man always uses and fits to how Peter was over-reliant on the Spider-Man suit through most of the movie.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming succeeds in one area the other Spider-Man movies don't, It perfectly captures the high-school setting and Peter Parker's life as a superhero and student and works as very great high-school centric superhero movie.
- Pepper Potts is back!
- The mid-credits scene suggests that the Scorpion will be the villain of the the next Spider-Man Movie, or even the posibility of the Sinister Six appearing.
- The "8 Years Later" sign was a huge continuity error. Toomes becomes the Vulture during the aftermath of The Avengers which canonically takes place in 2012, however Spider-Man Homecoming takes place immediately after Captain America: Civil War which canonically takes place in 2016, meaning the time skip should only be four years.
- Spider-Man having a hi-tech suit similar to Iron Man's armors, along with some very noticeable changes to the typical Spider-Man lore, can be off-putting for some.
Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, Marvel fans strongly anticipated Spider-Man joining the MCU, but it seemed very unlikely because Sony owned the rights to the character. After Spider-Man's surprise appearance in Captain America: Civil War was met with critical acclaim and Sony announced that they'll share the rights of Spider-Man with Marvel, Spider-Man: Homecoming was officially announced to very positive reception. The movie's announcement intially faced criticism over the choice to include Iron Man as a mayor character and the fact that it is the third incarnation of the character in 15 years, nevertheless it remained one of the more anticipated MCU movies.
Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered in Hollywood on June 28, 2017, and was released in the United States on July 7, 2017, in 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D. Homecoming has grossed over $472 million worldwide, and received positive reviews, with critics praising Holland and the other cast's performances, the light tone, and the action sequences. A sequel is scheduled to be released on July 5, 2019. Homecoming was met with very positive reception both from fans and critics, it is now considered one of the best MCU movies overall and one of the best Spider-Man movies.