Movie Review: Homecoming sends Spider-Man back to school and revives his appeal

At no point in Spider-Man: Homecoming is anyone bitten by a radioactive spider. That’s already happened—not just in two prior Spider-Man movies, but also in the world of this new one, populated by an ever-growing roster of Avengers. The fateful encounter between a teenage egghead and a genetically enhanced arachnid is handled in a single line of dialogue. So, too, is the death of Uncle Ben, that warm dispenser of wisdom, gunned down to teach his nephew a valuable lesson. Blessedly, no one reiterates Ben’s speech about power and responsibility. It’s implied at this point, isn’t it? The makers of Spiderman: Homecoming know that this is the third time in 15 years that a whole new franchise has been built around Marvel’s friendly neighborhood web-slinger, with a whole new actor slipping on the bright red costume. So why tell us something we already know …

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