The Spider-Man who debuted in “Captain America: Civil War”  is back in his own spirited “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Fans of last year’s “Captain America: Civil War” will rejoice knowing that the same raw, yet spirited, Spider-Man returns in “Homecoming.” Brit and former gymnast Tom Holland once again provides an infectious charismatic face to the Marvel brand as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. His youthful exuberance swings from buildings doling out justice to street crime as he learns what it takes to be a member of the elusive Avengers team.

Under the tutorship of none other than Mr. Tony Stark himself (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man’s high school days in Queens, New York, embodies the pursuit of a romantic dating interest, a hilarious BFF rapport, extracurricular school activities and a coveted internship at Stark Industries. It’s Tony, though, who starkly questions Parker as to whether he has the maturity to become a bona fide Avenger. Or, perhaps, Peter’s temperament might be better suited filling the “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” niche instead.    

The film’s two best features are a quick-witted script that Holland and crew deliver with flawless comedic timing and an up-close look at the young superhero still learning the (web) ropes. While the “in-training” Spider-Man conjures up his own action blunders to poke fun at himself, most of the movie’s one-liners come from a strong supporting cast of fellow high schoolers. From his bestie Ned (Jacob Batalon) to outcast Michelle (Zendaya), Parker’s classmates steal every scene. Likewise, the film’s last 10 minutes evoke deadpan laughter to give us the best Marvel cameo and ending seen in years.

No one exudes or takes on the 24/7 persona of an Avenger in the real world better than Downey as Iron Man. From his personal Instagram account to the more important nuances like movie interviews talking up other films, Downey can always be relied upon to self-endorse the edgy Tony Stark and Marvel product line. With time, I believe we may see Holland embrace this same pride in his Spidey character, including showing up in children’s hospitals to help promote a good fight and ignite smiles everywhere.

Despite nauseating iPhone video footage early on and a love interest never completely sold to the audience, “Spider-Man: Home-

coming” delivers for comic book-to-movie fans. After spectacular hits in “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “Wonder Women,” this fast-moving story dutifully makes it a winning 2017 superhero film trifecta.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” packs high energy, near-constant laughs and a steady resolve from its young leading man. While there’s a bad apple (Michael Keaton’s Vulture) and criminal element to take down, this movie’s rampant success is the result of a likeable newbie with very watchable friends and his own inquisitive knack to explore the Marvel Universe.

Be sure to stay in your seat for the two post-film bonus scenes!

 

Patrick King is a resident of Tucson and writer for the REEL BRIEF movie blog at reelbrief.com.  You may email him at reelbriefmoviereviews@mail.com.

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