In July of 2017, everyones favorite wall crawler made his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In one of the most surprising moves Sony and Disney agreed to share the character in order for him to be in the MCU. Tom Holland was cast as Peter Parker/ Spider-Man. The rest of the cast was as followed: Zendaya as Michelle “MJ” Jones, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Michael Mando as Mac Gargan, Donald Glover as Aaron Davis, and Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes / Vulture.
After the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his salvage company are contracted to clean up New York, but their operation is taken over by the Department of Damage Control, which is a partnership between Tony Stark and the U.S. Government. Furious that he is being run out of business, Toomes and his business partners keep the Chitauri technology they came across to use and to sell as weapons. Eight years later, Peter Parker has met with Tony Stark for the battle in Captain America: Civil War, but upon the end of the battle returns home to resume high school at Midtown School of Science and Technology, when Stark tells him he is not ready to be a full on Avenger.
Peter quits his high school academic decathlon team to focus on being Spider-Man. One night Peter stops a handful of criminals robbing an ATM with Chitauri tech acquired from Toomes, but returns home to his apartment where his friend Ned is in his room and discovers he is Spider-Man. On another night, Parker comes across Toomes’ associates Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz selling weapons to local criminal, Aaron Davis. Peter saves Davis but not before Toomes attacks him as the Vulture, and drops him in a lake and he almost drowns due to a parachute malfunction in his suit. He is rescued by Stark who has been monitoring him from the Spider-Man suit he gave him. Toomes then kills Brice with one of their weapons and Schultz becomes the new Shocker.
Parker and Ned study a weapon left behind by Brice, removing its power core. When a tracking device on Schultz leads to Maryland, Peter rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. Ned and Peter disable the tracker Stark implanted in the Spider-Man suit, and unlock its advanced features. Peter tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a Damage Control’s. truck, but is trapped inside it, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. When he discovers that the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade, Peter races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes and traps Ned and their friends in an elevator. Peter saves his friends, and his crush Liz Allan. Returning to New York City, Peter persuades Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts. Aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Peter captures Toomes’ new weapons buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes and a malfunctioning weapon tears the ferry in half. Stark helps Parker save the passengers and takes away the Peter’s suit.
Peter returns to normal life as a high schooler, and asks Liz to the homecoming dance. The night of the dance, Peter learns that Toomes is Liz Allan’s father. Toomes is able to figure out the Peter is Spider-Man and he threatens to retaliate if Peter interferes anymore. While at the dance Peter figures out that Toomes is going to hijack a Damage Control plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to their new headquarters.Peter gets his old suit and races to find them when he encounters Shocker and defeats him with the help of Ned. At Toomes lair, he destroys a support beam leaving Peter to die. Peter escapes and intercepts the plane, resulting in it crashing on the Coney Island Beach. Spider-Man and the Vulture square off, but Peter saves Toomes life after the damaged Vulture suit explodes and leaves him for the police. After her father is arrested, Liz moves away and Peter declines Stark’s offer to become a full fledged Avenger. Stark gives Peter his suit back which he puts on in his bedroom only for Aunt May to walk in on him. In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes in prison. Gargan has heard that Toomes knows Spider-Man’s real identity, which Toomes denies.
15 years exactly after the very first Spider-Man movie, we finally got the Spider-Man we deserved. This Spider-Man is everything that anyone could have wanted and more. Tom Holland’s casting as Peter Parker was one of the most brilliant pieces of casting ever made by a superhero movie. While Marvel did switch up a lot of things in this Spider-Man universe like the whole “MJ” situation, it didn’t really seem to matter at the end of the day. Not to mention Michael Keaton as The Vulture was fantastic! The movie is so good in all aspects that it is very hard to feel that a ranking of #8 is where it deserves to be, but the movies all are so good from here up that its a toss up.
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