Spider-Man: Homecoming Parent Guide
Launching another version of this well-loved icon is a bit of a risk because there is lots of room to disappoint fans -- but in this case the gamble pays off.
Parent Movie Review
The character of Spider-Man is no stranger to the big screen. Several theatrical depictions of the masked web slinger have been released, including one franchise starring Tobey Maguire and another “Amazing” series with Andrew Garfield. Each has taken a slightly different approach to depicting the comic book inspired hero.
As a kid, Spider-Man was always a favorite. Not only was he super strong and smart, but he was also funny. My appreciation only grew through my teenaged years as I, like he, had to learn maturity and responsibility. Launching another version of this well-loved icon is a bit of a gamble because there is lots of room for disappointment from unsatisfied fans. But in the case of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the risk pays off.
We were briefly introduced to the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) who already has his “spidey” powers in Captain America: Civil War, so this film wastes no time with backstory. Instead, it hits the ground running, assuming viewers are already familiar with Spider-Man, as well as the other characters from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. (If that’s not you, then you might find yourself a bit confused as the plot unfolds.) The story plunges into the teen’s struggle to balance his time between school, family and stopping crime. We meet his friends and classmates, and these relationships form the core of the movie and add greatly to its humor.
More than anything, Peter wants to reach his Spider-Man potential, and is impatiently waiting to be part of the Avengers team. Yet his mentor Tony Stark (Iron Man), as well as the other superheroes, feel the lad still has a lot of growing up to do. Frustrated, Peter wants to show them they are wrong, so he continually seeks out more and more dangerous situations in the hope of proving what he is made of. Rather than making that point, the fledgling champion soon discovers that having superpowers doesn’t necessary mean you are invincible. And it is this realization that sparks Peter’s journey to develop the discipline and maturity needed to help protect those he loves.
As in other Marvel movies, there is no shortage of combat. Explosions and other collateral damage destroys buildings and infrastructure around the battles that take place. Blood is seen on the faces of those injured in these fights and a few fatalities are depicted onscreen. However, thanks to a particularly well-crafted villain, the script does an amazingly good job of sustaining suspense even in moments that are not action packed. This was a pleasant surprise and unusual for this genre. I was on the edge of my seat on a few occasions simply due to powerfully written dialog.
Despite the many versions of Spider-Man that are out there, this new take is a welcomed revival of the character. Diehard comics followers will find it deviates from the classic story more than some of the previous renditions. But, at its heart, it is true to the quirky-yet-heroic Peter Parker who learns to shoulder the responsibilities that come with having special gifts.Directed by Jon Watts. Starring Marisa Tomei, Tom Holland . Running time: 134 minutes. Theatrical release July 7, 2017. Updated July 19, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Spider-Man: Homecoming rated PG-13? Spider-Man: Homecoming is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.
Violence: Several action sequences involve fighting hand-to-hand, with guns and futuristic weapons. Large explosions occur. Illegal weapon dealing is seen taking place. Blood is seen on the faces of those injured in the fighting. Teens and children are often seen in suspenseful and life-threatening situations. A man is shot with a laser weapon that turns him to ash. A man utters a graphic threat to behead another individual.
Sexual Content: Teen uses an incomplete sexual expletive to joke about sleeping with a superhero. An attractive woman’s body is commented on. A character lies and says he is viewing pornography when he is not.
Profanity: Several terms for male anatomy are used in an improper context, and for name-calling. Some mild profanities are heard, including scatological references, terms of Deity and two incomplete sexual expletives. A student is seen raising a middle finger.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Teens are seen at a party with cups in hand.
Page last updated July 19, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming Parents' Guide
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News About "Spider-Man: Homecoming"
A new Spider-Man franchise is releasing in theaters on July 7, 2017. It’s called Spider-Man: Homecoming and it stars Tom Holland as the web-caster. Not to be outdone, a couple of the older movie series are re-releasing to home video on June 13, 2017:
Spider-Man: Limited Edition Collection is a 4-disc set (Blu-ray), featuring Tobey Maguire in the red and blue suit. The collection includes the movies: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007).
The Amazing Spider-Man Limited Edition Collection is a 3-disc set (Blu-ray) with Andrew Garfield in the title role. It includes the movies: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).
Related home video titles:Tom Holland also plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Tobey Maguire dons the red and blue suit in Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). And Andrew Garfield fills the title role in: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).