Let's set one thing straight, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is not an origin story for Peter Parker as it is absolutely through-and-through a Marvel Cinematic Universe continuation film.
This isn't a bad thing, at all, thanks to Sony's bungling of Spider-Man 3 and the Amazing Spider-Man EDM music video franchise. We didn't need to see Uncle Ben die again and all of that, and that's where this film succeeds.
We don't get stuck on building a universe or Parker finding his powers, even while learning more about this incarnation and the people close to him. Instead, we get a funny and action-packed MCU movie.
Where it succeeds the most, though, is through its budding superstar in Tom Holland. This isn't meant as an insult, but the 21-year-old actor nails the role as 15-year-old Peter Parker. He's energetic, he's fun, cheesy and not too bad when it comes to teen angst and confusion.
The supporting cast isn't too shabby either, as Michael Keaton might just have delivered a Marvel villain performance right up there with Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Alfred Molina's Otto Octavius.
Seriously, that performance has made the possibility of the Vulture taking on a serious role in this universe. That's pure speculation, but it's hard to imagine Keaton not getting another major role alongside Holland.
In the spirit of keeping this spoiler free, Keaton and Holland have some serious chemistry and deliver a couple intense, dramatic scenes. Speaking of chemistry, Holland and Robert Downey Jr. sure do have it.
Iron Man doesn't dominate this movie, and I felt that Downey Jr. was appropriately used to a T as was Jon Favreau in the cranky, babysitter Happy Hogan. I'm sure we'll be able to discuss the rest of the cast on the podcast -- this is a spoiler free environment -- but not giving an impressive nod to Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Marisa Tomei as "Hot Italian Woman" Aunt May and Tony Revolori as Flash.
Conclusion: Don't go into Homecoming thinking you're going to get something straight from the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man, but more of a Marvel Cinematic Universe introduction to its next superstar.
Holland is a blast, and absolute perfect casting as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. Marvel knocked it out of the park, as the future of this money printing business is on the right track. This is everything Marvel moviegoers expect in a movie, which will either upset True Believers or appease them.
I was impressed, but nonetheless still distracted by three Spider-Man movie franchises in 15 years. That's not Holland, Marvel or the rest of the crew's fault, so I think trying not to hold that against them is a key factor in enjoying this movie for what it really is.
They took some risks, played some cards earlier than thought all while laying some serious Easter eggs and delivering a fun, drama-filled ride.
Also, here is the rest of the crew's reaction corresponding live from the Celbration Cinema! North in Grand Rapids: