Director: Jon Watts. Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jennifer Connelly (voice), Chris Evans. 133 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
I respect and value the dark territories Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan took Batman into. But when those dark moods also invaded Superman (and to some extent, Wonder Woman), you feel the DC universe is going a tad too far. Meanwhile, Marvel has managed to keep its superhero films appropriately light and fun. This nicely shows in Deadpool and Ant-Man, and now, after two average Andrew Garfield attempts, we have a lively, teenage-oriented film, with a successful turn by Tom Holland, who manages to carry the load - even with a narcissist Tony Stark around. It's good to have Spider-Man back.
Trivia: Iron Man's body armor AI, Jarvis (who later became Vision), was voiced/acted by Paul Bettany. Now Spider-Man's suit AI, Karen, is voiced by Bettany's wife, Jennifer Connelly. Seeing her in some physical superhero form in the future also?