Number 8: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Some of this score is my bias for finally seeing Spider-Man on the big screen in a manner that fully incorporated everything that makes him great. There’s the romance drama, obligations to family and friends, the unexpected villain reveal and the thrill of a teenager who loves being a hero.
Director Jon Watts gets it about what makes Spider-Man such a unique presence in the Marvel Universe and the relatable teen struggle of trying to fit in somewhere is a bonus. Stacked with a terrific cast from star Tom Holland to co-stars Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Laura Harrier and Michael Keaton, everyone is spot on.
Tony Stark’s presence in the film comes close to being overbearing, but it makes sense in the context of the film. That’s offset by Keaton’s tremendous Vulture, who proves the benefit of having a villain who doesn’t want to rule the world, but just wants his piece of the pie.
Just when it seemed like we were on the verge of audience fatigue on comic book films, Homecoming saves the day and reinvigorates the Marvel Cinematic Universe with its flagship character firmly at the forefront.