Spider-Man Homecoming

Marvel reboots the Spider-Man franchise for the second time in five years, with British actor Tom Holland following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as the web slinger. This time around, the hero—aka high school nerd Peter Parker—is barely 15, and Holland, favoring Maguire’s gee-whiz approach, is positively adenoidal as he swings around dispensing quips. On the bright side, however, Peter’s loving Aunt May is getting younger and sexier, from Rosemary Harris to Sally Field to Marisa Tomei. (In the next movie, Spider-Man should be three years old.) Michael Keaton plays the archvillain the Vulture, and as in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002), the bad guy turns out to be more closely connected to the hero than expected. Unlike earlier adaptations, this one places its hero inside the “Marvel Universe,” which means that Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, and Gwyneth Paltrow of the Iron Man franchise show up intermittently to prop up the movie. Jon Watts directed.