The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Homecoming, may soon earn the highest Rotten Tomatoes score of the franchise so far. The superhero film is the second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise and the sixteenth film of the MCU. Directed by Jon Watts and written by a team that includes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, Watts and Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker (aka. Spider-Man), Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man.
The film takes place several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with 15-year-old Peter Parker (Holland) having already received his spider-like abilities after being bitten by a genetically modified spider. With the help of his mentor Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), Parker must learn how to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York while fighting crime as his alter ego Spider-Man - even as a new villain, The Vulture (Keaton), emerges as a threat.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is resonating quite well with critics and current holds a Fresh Rotten Tomatoes Score of 92 percent from a total of 35 reviews, with 33 fresh reviews and only two rotten reviews with an average rating of 7.8/10. This makes Spider-Man: Homecoming the second highest-rated Spider-Man movie in the franchise after Spider-Man 2, though it may yet pass the latter's series-high 94% Fresh Score. Here is the critic consensus written on Rotten Tomatoes:
Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Compared to other films in the Spider-Man franchise, Homecoming is a huge hit. The first film in the franchise, after the rights were bought by Sony, was Spider-Man in 2002 starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker along with Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, Rosemary Harris, Cliff Robertson and James Franco. It received a certified fresh Rotten Tomatoes score of 89 percent. The second film, Spider-Man 2, released in 2004 was an even bigger hit receiving a certified fresh score of 94 percent and the third film, Spider-Man 3, in 2007 dropped down a bit with a fresh score of 63 percent.
The first reboot of the franchise was in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man, with Andrew Garfield picking up the role of Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his new love interest Gwen Stacy. The film received a certified fresh score of 72 percent, but its 2014 sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, received a rotten score of only 52 percent.
Compared to other Marvel films and TV series, Homecoming is among the highest-rated installments as of now on Rotten Tomatoes, with Netflix's Luke Cage having earned a score of 96 percent, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. settling in at 94 percent and Iron Man with a 94 percent Fresh score. The lowest-rated Marvel installment is Netflix's 2017 series Iron Fist, with an extremely low rotten score of 17 percent compared to Marvel's other projects.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019