All Peter Parker wants to do is relax and enjoy his class trip to Europe. However, one does not simply stop being Spider-Man. Saving the world is a 24/7 job that waits for no one.
Tom Holland is adorably awkward, which makes Peter Parker relatable. And that relatability humanizes superheroes as a whole – at the end of the day, they want to be just like everyone else. Zendaya may play Peter’s love interest, MJ, but it didn’t seem to be a very big role. She and Holland had a few scenes together, but for the most part, he was busy saving the world. However, it might purposefully be a smaller role: she’s not a damsel is distress who constantly needs saving. She’s just as much of a hero as anyone else.
The turning point – and the unexpected plot twist – of this movie comes in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. He introduces the theme of innocence and what happens when it’s lost: How is Peter Parker going to handle himself when someone betrays him? Gyllenhaal’s presence also begs the question “Why are all the bad guys in movies attractive?” Or at least, they seem to be. If it’s an appeal for sympathy, it doesn’t exactly work.
The supporting characters in this movie, including but definitely not limited to Marisa Tomei and Jon Favreau, provided the comic relief sprinkled throughout an action-packed movie. The comedic timing was perfectly unexpected.
The post credits scene might just be the best set up for a sequel ever. Marvel fans definitely won’t want to miss this.