During a summer in which pundits have repeatedly suggested audiences are nearing the point of reboot/remake fatigue, the prospect of hitting the reset button on a billion-dollar franchise feels even dicier than it ordinarily might — let alone doing it for the second time in 15 years
. But sometimes starting over is just what a flagging film series needs, and that definitely seems to be the case with this weekend’s Spider-Man: Homecoming
. After kicking off the training wheels on this latest big-screen iteration of Spidey with new star Tom Holland’s well-received introduction in Captain America: Civil War
, the classic character makes his full-length MCU debut here, in a story pitting Holland’s teenaged hero against the Vulture (Michael Keaton), a villain with an axe to grind against Spider-Man’s superhero advisor Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.
). For the most part, critics have liked the character’s previous solo outings, but Homecoming
comes close to setting a new bar for the franchise; enlivened by Holland’s appropriately youthful exuberance and balanced between costumed antics and John Hughes-style teen angst, Homecoming
back to its fundamentals — emphasis on the “fun.”