Spider-Man is back.
Sure, he made a triumphant return to the big screen (and his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe) in last year's Captain America: Civil War. However, Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first movie produced under the unique partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony, was always going to be the real litmus test.
Could these two mammoth conglomerates truly set aside their differences and work together to make a film that Spider-Man fans could love, or would the whole enterprise end in disaster?
With rave reviews and big box office dollars rolling in, it looks like the new Spider-Man film is a home run. However, like all great movies, it leaves us wanting more. We know that Spidey will appear in next year's Avengers: Infinity War before returning for his second film in 2019, but that's a long time to wait, and we've got a lot of questions.
What's next for Peter's love life? Will another Spider-Man emerge in New York? And, forget "MJ," where's JJ?
Read on for the 15 Burning Questions We Have After Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Warning, there, of course, will be spoilers.
In a plotline that becomes surprisingly important to the film, we learn that Tony Stark is selling Avengers Tower and relocating all assets to the team's sprawling compound upstate.
The fate of a building may not seem all that interesting when compared to your average superhero shenanigans, but this isn't just any building. Avengers Tower has been a key setting in the MCU, whether seen up close or in the distant Manhattan skyline.
Have we truly seen the last of the iconic structure? Will Tony follow through and actually sell it? Also, perhaps more importantly, who will buy it? It's not your typical office space, that's for sure.
Here's an idea... wouldn't it make a great Baxter Building? Of course, Fantastic Four is wrapped up at Fox Studios, but hey, we are talking about a Sony/Marvel co-production here.
In Homecoming's mid-credits sequence, Adrian Toomes arrives in jail, where he runs into his associate Mac Gargan. Gargan is none too pleased with the vigilante who put him behind bars, and is already plotting his revenge against Spider-Man. However, when he asks Toomes who the webslinger really is, Toomes feigns ignorance.
Of course, Toomes knows exactly who Spider-Man is, so why does he lie? Does he protect Peter's identity out of gratitude for the youngster saving his life when he could have left him to die? Is it out of affection for his daughter, as he knows that she cares for Peter? Or, does he have darker motives?
Perhaps he simply wants to kill Peter himself, and doesn't want Gargan messing things up. We'll have to wait and see, because you know that the Vulture will get his wings back some day.
There are a lot of great Easter eggs sprinkled throughout Homecoming for eagle-eyed fans to find. Some of them are pretty obvious, while others are extremely easy to miss.
The interesting identities of Peter's academic decathlon teammates may have escaped the notice of all but the most diehard Spidey fans. Aside from Michelle/MJ, Liz, and Ned, the team includes a number of notable Marvel names.
Among them are Cindy Moon, who has similar powers to Peter as the heroine Silk, Sally Avril, who becomes the acrobatic Bluebird, and Abraham Brown, eventually known as Black Tiger.
It's certainly not guaranteed that these characters (and the actors portraying them) eventually morph into their costumed personas, but the nods to the comic book fans are certainly appreciated.
There's a costumed menace swinging around New York City like he owns the place, and you just know that it bothers J. Jonah Jameson.
The editor of the Daily Bugle played a big part in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films (played masterfully by J.K. Simmons). The character and his newspaper were absent from the two Amazing Spider-Man films, and there's no sign of them in Homecoming either.
It makes sense in a way: Peter is still a high school student, so he's too young to really begin his career as a freelance photographer.
Still, Jameson and his seething hatred for Spider-Man is such a crucial part of the character's mythos that it would be a shame if we never saw him on screen again. If Michael Mando returns as the villain Scorpion, that would open the door for Jameson, since he once acted as Mac Gargan's sponsor in his battle against Spidey.
Homecoming makes a number of clever deviations from the usual Spider-Man formula. One such deviation is the transformation of high school bully Flash Thompson from the dimwitted meathead seen in previous films to a clever, privileged jerk. He's less of a physical threat to Peter, and more of an arrogant rival who is always ready with an insult.
In the comic books, Flash becomes Spider-Man's biggest fan for a while, even donning a replica of Spidey's costume to try and siphon some of the hero's glory. Of course, he lands in hot water and needs the real Spider-Man to bail him out.
It'd be interesting to see Tony Revolori's Flash go down this road in the sequel. He's definitely the kind of guy who would lie about being a superhero just for the popularity.
Then there's Flash's comic book future as Agent Venom, but that's a story for another day.
Ned is great. Jacob Batalon almost steals the film as Peter's faithful friend, who couldn't be more excited to learn the truth about Spider-Man's identity. His constant pestering of Peter with inane questions ("can you spit venom?") is a real highlight of the movie.
However, comic book fans may be a little worried about Ned's future. He's a composite of a number of Spidey characters, among them Ned Leeds, who eventually becomes the villain Hobgoblin. Granted, Leeds isn't the only man who uses this moniker, and there's no guarantee that Homecoming's Ned will ever become this costumed villain.
Still, you have to wonder; is there a falling out in the future for the two best friends? Could Ned eventually become jealous of Peter's Spider-fame, and resentful of his powers? Hopefully not, but you never know...
Peter Parker may be a nerd, but he sure has a way with the ladies. He earns the affection of the beautiful Liz Allan in Homecoming, and Zendaya's Michelle seems to be growing fond of him as well. However, Spider-Man has another epic-- and tragic-- love story in his history.
Yes, we're talking about Gwen Stacy, the girl who captures Peter's heart before meeting a terrible fate at the hands of his greatest enemy, the Green Goblin. Of course, Andrew Garfield's two Amazing Spider-Man films told the Peter/Gwen story from start to finish, and did a pretty good job of it.
This could be why Gwen is nowhere to be found in Homecoming: maybe Marvel doesn't want to repeat such a familiar story so soon.
Still, Gwen is an iconic character in Spider-Man lore, and she's found new life in recent years as Spider-Gwen. Will she come swinging back into Peter's life?
Donald Glover is a great actor, so it was a little surprising to see him in a fairly small role in Homecoming. He only appears in a couple of scenes, though he makes an impression as an oddly considerate criminal, who even offers some sage advice to Spidey.
Glover plays Aaron Brown, who eventually dons the costume of The Prowler. However, what's more intriguing is the reason he cites for his decision to give Spider-Man the location of Vulture's operation: he wants to protect his nephew from the villain and his weapons.
Why is this intriguing? Because his nephew is none other than Miles Morales, who becomes another Spider-Man in the comics.
Glover famously campaigned to play Morales in a potential Spidey reboot, so his casting as the hero's uncle is appropriate. It also begs the question, will Peter gain a little friendly competition from Miles in the near future?
Liz Allan is Peter Parker's love interest in the film... and the Vulture's daughter. Needless to say, this complicates matters.
When a thunderstruck Peter learns that the girl he has a crush on is the daughter of his archenemy, it's a shock and genuinely chilling moment. Even better is Toomes' gradual realization of Peter's true identity as he drives the pair to the dance.
After her father is arrested, Liz and her mother leave town, but not before she expresses her disappointment that Peter abandoned her at the Homecoming dance. Of course, she doesn't know that he was off doing the hero thing.
The question is: will Liz ever return? She's a fairly notable character in the comics. In one universe, she marries Daredevil's best friend Foggy Nelson, while in another she is a mutant who becomes the hero Firestar.
Spider-Man has an expansive rogue's gallery, and it was great to see more of these famous villains make their big screen debuts in Homecoming.
We saw not one, but two iterations of the Shocker, though Logan Marshall-Green's Jackson Brice earns a swift death after he talks back to the Vulture one too many times. Bokeem Woodbine's version of the character, Herman Schultz, is still out there, though, and, since he's not seen in prison with Toomes, it can be assumed that he escaped police custody. Might he return in the sequel, perhaps in a more comic book-accurate costume?
Another associate of Toome's in the film is Phineas Mason (Michael Chernus), also known as the Tinkerer. True to his name, he crafts a lot of powerful weapons and gadgets for the Vulture, and he could very well return to provide the same service for other villains.
The movie opens with a flashback to the aftermath of the events seen in The Avengers. At this point, Adrian Toomes is an honest businessman who has a contract with the city to clean up all the debris and alien tech left by the battle against the Chitauri. It's a big break for him, but it's quickly snatched away by a new government organization called Damage Control.
The very concept of Damage Control (a group responsible for cleaning up after supervillains and superheroes) is an intriguing one. It was even rumored to be the basis of a television series for a little while.
In the movie, the organization mostly serves to enrage Toomes and start him down his villainous path, but they're still out there doing their work-- they're seen cleaning up the convenience store destroyed by the Vulture's henchmen, after all.
Mac Gargan-- comic book fans no doubt perked up when they heard that name in Homecoming, and, if this wasn't enough, there was the distinctive tattoo on Michael Mando's neck to remind them that yes, this is the Scorpion. Gargan appears as a criminal associate of Toomes, and Spidey catches him in the act of trying to buy weapons on the Staten Island Ferry.
He may not be one of Spider-Man's greatest adversaries, but he's never been given a starring role on film, so it would be cool to see him suit up and hunt Spidey down in a sequel. He could team up with another villain (a returning Vulture) or even become a part of the Sinister Six.
Gargan's confrontation with Toomes in the credits proves that he has no intention of letting his beef with Spider-Man slide, and, if he escapes jail, Peter had better watch out.
The movie ends with a great, paradigm shifting moment. Peter returns home to find out that Tony has returned his high-tech Spider-Man suit, and he wastes no time in trying it on.
However, in his excitement he forgets to close his bedroom door, and there stands Aunt May. A flabbergasted "what the f--" later, the credits roll, and Peter's life has changed forever.
Now that Aunt May knows Peter's secret, how will things change for the youngster? There will probably be the requisite "I forbid you from doing this" period of time, though chances are that this particular conflict will be resolved off screen.
Then again, Marisa Tomei's May is the epitome of middle-aged cool: she may not have the expected "overprotective" reaction. In fact, it's easy to imagine her helping Peter in whatever manner she can, even if this just means packing meals for his long nights of crime-fighting.
There are only so many characters you can fit in one movie. Marvel and Sony were smart to introduce a few iconic Spidey characters, while leaving others on the sidelines for future installments.
One such missing character was Harry Osborn, the privileged son of the rich and powerful Norman Osborn (the Green Goblin), and boyhood friend of Peter's. James Franco played the role in the Raimi trilogy, while Dane DeHaan appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as another version of the character (who quickly adopted the role of the Goblin for himself).
Harry is absent from Homecoming, and there are no references made to him. Maybe Tom Holland's Peter knew him when he was younger, like Andrew Garfield's did. Or, perhaps Harry will transfer to Peter's school in an upcoming film. You know that the Osborn family will eventually surface in the MCU, in some form or another.
Zendaya brings charm and wit to the role of Michelle, an aloof outsider who doesn't care for the social politics of high school. She has little interest in fitting in, and generally considers herself to be a lot smarter than everyone else her age. However, she does soften up to Peter, Ned, and the rest of the decathlon team eventually.
In fact, she warms up to them so much that she insists they start calling her by her preferred name... "MJ." Does that mean what we think it means? Is "Michelle" really the MCU's version of Mary Jane Watson, the love of Peter's life?
If true, it's definitely a different take on the character. It would also (sadly) deny us the pleasure of eventually seeing the character's iconic "face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot!" introduction from the comic books translated to the screen. Of course, this could be a feint on the part of the producers. We'll just have to wait and see...
Did you have any questions after seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming? Do you have any theories? Let us know in the comments.