The beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming may look familiar — the Avengers knocking the stuffing out of each other on a tarmac in Berlin, a clash of titans we witnessed in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. But this time, we’re seeing the action from a unique perspective — through the eyes (and iPhone lens) of a 15-year-old. Of course, this is not just any teenager. It’s Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man. And this Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, is not a dude worried about danger, or grappling with larger existential questions about great power and responsibility. Peter simply can’t believe his good fortune: that he has these amazing abilities, that he’s in this heady company, that he has a new souped-up suit. Here is a kid who is ready to have a good time. The same can be said for Spider-Man: Homecoming (in theaters July 7), which has put the youthful fizz and pop back into the adventures of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and provides vicarious thrills like never before. “The fact that Peter Parker is 15 allows me to have fun with it,” says Homecoming director Jon Watts (Cop Car), who also co-wrote the screenplay. “Yes, there’s a lot of drama and conflict, but more than anything, it’s about, ‘If you were that age and could do what he can do? That would be really fun.”
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