Spider-Man: Homecoming has a lot riding on it; more so than almost any other movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While full reviews won’t be available until next week, early reactions to screenings have found their way online. Those who may have been worried about their favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be happy to note that critics are calling it one of the best in franchise history. That means it’s probably just as good as — if not better — than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 but nowhere near the disaster that was Spider-Man 3.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a blast. It has an innocence that differentiates it from the other MCU movies but plenty of fun & spectacle too.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 24, 2017
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is an absolute, gosh-darned DELIGHT. It's like Spider-Man meets CAN'T HARDLY WAIT.— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 24, 2017
SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING is my favorite of the Spider-Man movies so far. I like first two Sam Raimi ones but this is better. Avoid spoilers!! pic.twitter.com/bF4CsZsKU5— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) June 24, 2017
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is so, so much fun (more later, but I ate too much Bunch a Crunch and laughed a lot so now I have a headache).— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) June 24, 2017
Spider-Man Homecoming is a hilarious John Hughes-style high school movie disguised as a superhero film. Second best spidey film.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) June 24, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming is straight-up delightful. Tom Holland is PERFECT and the whole movie is So. Much. Fun.— Jessica Derschowitz (@jessicasara) June 24, 2017
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is pure joy. Tom Holland is perfect: He's having the time of his life, and it shows.— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) June 24, 2017
Homecoming is the first live-action Spider-Man movie that Marvel has creative control over. Since Sony owns the rights to the character, the studio has had control over the stories in previous Spider-Man films. Marvel and Sony negotiated a deal in 2015 to allow the character to be shared between the two studios; while Homecoming exists as a Sony film, Marvel has control over the story and can use the superhero in future MCU movies. That’s why Spider-Man was in Captain America: Civil War and will appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7. Expect Polygon’s full review next week.