(K. Brent Tomer),
MIDWAY through “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, the latest reboot of the 15-year-old film franchise, Peter Parker (a buoyant Tom Holland) plans to skip school to track down a gang of weapons dealers. “I’m not going to class,” he tells his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), who looks at him incredulously. Hasn’t he remembered that they have a Spanish quiz? “I am so far beyond high school right now,” Peter replies, before a teacher grabs hold of him and sends him to detention.
Spider-Man spends most of the film trying to prove that he’s more than just a child with a cool suit. He leaves daily messages at Stark Industries, detailing his crime-fighting progress, in a bid to impress his mentor, Tony Stark (also known as Iron Man). He is desperate to prove his mettle and join the team of Avengers. When a friendly criminal (Donald Glover) tells him he sounds like a girl, Peter sputters: “I’m a boy—I mean, I’m a man.”