THIS MONTH ON MY UNHEALTHY OBSESSION: Some of my favorite things about Spider-Man Homecoming **spoilers ahead**
1. Peter isn’t perfect. Unlike Tony Stark or Captain America, he doesn’t always catch the bad guy. He messes up a lot, he makes messes, and he doesn’t really know how to control his powers that great. He is the most human out of all the Avengers. He is basically what would happen if any of us had powers-clueless on how to do anything from interrogating someone to spying on people. And yes, although one could say this is just because he’s a kid, one could also say it’s because he’s so focused on saving everyone, he doesn’t really think things through when executing his plans.
2. He’s very humble. A lot of us, if given powers, would just flaunt them around and enjoy holding it over other people and being admired for them (kinda like how Tony enjoys reminding everyone that he’s a genius billionaire philanthropist playboy.) Even though Peter knows he’s special, he’s still very humble and down to earth. When asked by Ned if he wants to tell everybody he’s Spider-Man, he says no, not really because he wants to stay safe himself, but because he doesn’t want his Aunt to worry about him. This just shows that he puts other people first in all that he does, when he COULD just brag about being Spider-Man to everyone and stop kids like Flash from bullying him.
3. All he wants to do is save people. [SPOILER ALERT] At the end of the movie, when he sees that Vulture’s wings are going to explode, he starts pulling him back to the ground not because he wants to kill him, but because he “just wants to save” him. He still has pity in his heart for the bad guy, whereas any other superhero wouldn’t even hesitate to kill them. (One could even go so far as to say that it’s because he relates to Vulture. After all, they both have history of being stepped on by people higher up on the totem pole.) Even when he’s fighting the people robbing the ATMs, he never makes a move fatal enough to harm them seriously, although we all know he’s very capable of doing so. And when their weapon takes out the bodega across the street, he drops everything to go help the owner and his cat, when he could have stayed and caught the bad guys. ONE MORE EXAMPLE (sorry this is getting long:) is when the suit lady/Karen gives him the option for instant kill mode, but he freaks out and automatically says no. All these examples just show that he wants to save people with the minimum amount of casualties, compared to Captain America or Black Widow, who will do anything to get the job done, even if it means they can’t save everyone.
4. [SPOILER ALERT] This isn’t really about Peter, but I really like that the movie didn’t include the overused trope of “at the end the superhero gets the girl of his dreams.” The whole romance part of the movie wasn’t a big part of the plot (like in Captain America: The First Avenger or Iron Man). And even though in the future of the franchise we’re probably going to see Michelle become Peter’s new love interest, it would still be refreshing to see that happen because Michelle isn’t the stereotypical crush of a superhero. She isn’t overly beautiful, she doesn’t have a “winning personality,” she’s very idealistic, and she isn’t popular. Overall, I really enjoyed that aspect of the movie because it was different and not an overused movie trope.
IN CONCLUSION, Spider-Man was a 5 star movie and if I had the money and the time I would see it everyday in the theaters for the rest of my life. If you kept reading till the end of my little rant, don’t forget to tune in next time to see my critique of my next unhealthy obsession. :)