NEW YORK - Even before its release, Spider-Man: Homecoming's advance sales have been running ahead of Wonder Woman. For opening weekend, the movie is expected to gross as much as $135 million.
Spider-Man is being called a masterpiece by some critics and there is even talk it could win an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
While the newest addition to the Spider-Man franchise is good, it isn't that good.
At 21-years-old, Tom Holland is the youngest actor to ever play the title character. It helps that he looks even younger than that because kids who see the movie will be able to better relate to Spidey and his friends.
"Peter Parker" has always been depicted as a teenager in the original Spider-Man comic books, but "Aunt May" was always much older. In Homecoming, Aunt May is played by the younger Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Tomei came aboard at the urging of her old friend Robert Downey Jr. who returns as "Iron-Man" and his alter-ego billionare "Tony Stark" in the movie.
The idea for Homecoming is that Peter Parker is a superhero in training, meaning he's not always a hero and is usually less than super.
Michael Keaton becomes the formidable villain known as "Vulture." Keaton helps the movie soar. The most memorable scene pits good versus evil, Spider-Man versus Vulture, aboard a New York icon. It is safe to say you'll never look at the Staten Island Ferry the same way again.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a pleasant summer diversion for many and will be enjoyed by fans of the original comic books. But the movie is not actually on par with much of the hype it has been receiving. Some critics have even compared it to The Dark Knight, but this superhero falls short of Christopher Nolan's take on "Batman."