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Spider-man has been one of the most popular Marvel character because he's the most relatable. Sure, he's got superpowers and fights supervillains, but he's still trying to get through high school and figure out how to ask a girl out on a date or get his homework finished while he does that other stuff.
And this movie is all about that, maybe even more so than Homecoming. Take everything about that and amp it up to eleven.
MAJOR SPOILERS BEGIN BELOW
So now, not only does Peter have to manage being Spider-man, he also has to manage basically becoming the heir to Iron Man's mantle. Those are some big shoes to fill. And all the while he's trying to ask MJ out.
Then there's the standard "oh no I'm a superhero and that might put my friends/family in danger." And in this movie they raise the bar even more. His classmates, especially his best friend and crush, are DIRECTLY brought into the line of fire in two ways - Nick Fury hijacks his school trip and redirects him into the cities where an attack is expected, because he didn't want his friends to notice that he'd "disappeared" from the trip if he helps out. Then when they find out Mysterio's secret, they are specifically put on the a kill list.
What results is, well, the relatable feelings of being a teenager who is under way too much pressure to perform up to all the expectations of all the adults around him. He makes some bad choices and mistakes, which again are understandable given the situation. One of his first instincts is to run away from his problems, leave them behind, or hand it off to someone else. But it never works. Which makes it all the more fulfilling to see him regain his confidence and decide to do what needs to be done, and fix his mistakes.
Mysterio is excellent. His backstory is explained sort of in an infodump, but it's integrated into the previous films so well that, while it's an obvious infodump, it was reasonably acceptable for how it happened in the film. The actual technology and use of Mysterio's powers works really well and leads to some amazing (though intentionally confusing) scenes in the movie.
As for the mid-credits scene - again, back to the beginning, classic spider-man problems have been amped up to 11. Not only is JJ Jameson back, he's got (fake) video evidence of Spider-man being evil, AND his secret identity is now out. Nice. I'm not sure where the MCU is going to from here but so far, I haven't been let down by Marvel Studio's writers when they make huge decisions like this.
9/10, just about everything I wanted out of a Spider-Man story. I just hope Mysterio makes a comeback, maybe as a quasi-hero. Because he was great in this movie, and the MCU needs another Loki-level villain/hero.
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