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Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 superhero film directed by Jon Watts, and the sixteenth entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe . Homecoming marks Spider-Man's second MCU appearance and second Continuity Reboot of the Spider-Man films, after his debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. In a first for the MCU, Homecoming is a co-production between Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony's Columbia Pictures division.

Following his "field trip" battling the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, New York City native Peter Parker continues trying to juggle his dual life as an Ordinary High-School Student at Midtown School of Science and Technology, and the crime-fighting hero Spider-Man. Now Peter must navigate impressing his new benefactor Tony Stark, getting ready for his high school's homecoming dance, catching bank robbers, finishing his homework on time, rescuing people from building fires, and learning how to talk to girls. Peter's greatest challenge lies in stopping a sinister criminal ring using an experimental flight suit and other high tech equipment to terrorize the city, despite Tony's concerns that he's too young to be putting himself in harm's way.

Tropes used in Spider-Man: Homecoming include:


  • Aborted Arc: With it being unclear if Gwyneth Paltrow (and therefore Pepper Potts) would ever return to the MCU during the filming of Civil War, Aunt May was teased as Tony's new love interest. Before the first act, that ship sank.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Aunt May, usually a hunchbacked old lady, is now played by Marisa Tomei. Most men in her age group can do nothing but comment on how stunningly hot she is.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Vulture was never a pushover in the comics but he was definitely not high up on Spidey's list of rogues. This Vulture uses Powered Armor reverse engineered from Chitauri technology that can tank steel and concrete like it's tissue paper. 
    • In the sense of intelligence, a lot of characters, most notably Flash Thompson. In the comics, Midtown High was just a standard New York high school, but here it's a school for geniuses. That said, Flash, while more intelligent than his comic self, is on the low end of the spectrum and mainly got in due to his parents' money. In terms of physique, he gets the opposite treatment.
    • Built by Tony Stark, Spidey's suit is quite a step up from its normal incarnations, having a great variety of functions and even an AI.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Aaron Davis is still a criminal, but only out of necessity and has some standards in how he operates. He also tries his hardest to be a good uncle to Miles.
  • Adapted Out: Uncle Ben doesn't even get a mention. The creative team didn't think it necessary when this is the third reboot in a decade and everyone knows the story by now.
  • Advertised Extra: Critical as Tony Stark is to the plot, he appears for less than 15 minutes.
  • Age Lift: Tinkerer, Vulture and Aunt May were senior citizens in the comics. Here they're all middle-aged.
    • Ned Leeds is made into a teenager.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Most of Midtown High's staff just do not care about anything going on.
  • Big Bad: The Vulture is the main villain Spider-Man has to take on, whereas the Shocker is his second-in-command and The Tinkerer is simply the man who arms the two.
  • Big Good: Tony Stark.
  • Bigger Bad: Believe it or not, Thanos. Loki's invasion left Chiaturi technology all over New York and the villains of this film have been reverse engineering it into new weapons.
  • Breather Episode: Like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok which were also released in 2017, this is a Lighter and Softer comedy.
  • Broken Aesop: Cap's PSAs. They're all about following the rules and being patient which, as is acknowledged In-Universe, is precisely what Cap couldn't do in Civil War. Even in The First Avenger, he broke ranks to rescue Bucky. The gym coach outright says that Cap is now a war criminal but that the videos have yet to be changed.
  • The Bus Came Back: Mr. Harrington is retroactively revealed to be the computer nerd in The Incredible Hulk.
    • Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan make their unexpected returns.
  • The Cameo: While Stan Lee obviously makes his, an Ultron head appears in Damage Control's vault.
  • Coming of Age Story: A movie about a teenager adjusting to the pressures of growing up... while also being a superhero.
  • Composite Character:
    • Tinkerer is Phineas Mason like his 616 self, but is younger like his Ultimate self.
    • Jackson Brice is the first Shocker. Subverted in that Vulture kills him, thus the role of the second Shocker is filled by the more familiar Herman Schultz.
    • Ned Leeds is pretty much Ganke with the "Ned Leeds" name attached.
    • Composite Character All Along: Vulture is eventually revealed to be the father of Liz Allan. 
  • Creator Cameo: Stan Lee, as per tradition, shows up. He's among a bunch of neighbors yelling at Peter for harassing a guy trying to break into his own car.
  • Curse Cut Short: Aunt May's reaction to seeing Peter in the Spider-Man suit.
  • Decomposite Character: There's now multiple Shockers.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Peter feels that he's ready for more than just patrolling New York. Tony disagrees.
  • Exact Words: Peter's summary of his fight against Captain America is this mixed in with Unreliable Narrator. Peter did steal Cap's shield but doesn't go any further, leaving out that the rest of the fight was him getting tossed around by Cap.
  • Failed Attempt At Drama: Peter's attempt at using his suit's interrogation features (with its vocal modulator) fails miserably because Aaron Davis had encountered him earlier in the film and knows what Peter actually sounds like.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Peter and Tony are guaranteed to survive the movie, seeing as how both appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: So what if Toomes has a family? He's still a black market arms dealer. There's no way to justify that.
  • Gilligan Cut: Flash tells Spider-Man that there's no way he's handing his dad's car over to him. Cut to Spider-Man driving away from a sad-faced Flash and his date.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Captain America is now a war criminal. Happens when you rain a trail of destruction across Europe.
  • Identical Grandson: Principal Morita is the grandson of Jim Morita — who was seen in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — and he looks just like his grandfather did.
  • In Name Only: Ned Leeds is pretty much Ganke.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Ned's excuse for why he was in the library helping Peter instead of at the homecoming dance.
  • Kid Hero: Peter Parker himself is one, only being fifteen, and Tony Stark is conscious of this and wants to keep him out of trouble. Peter doesn't listen. Also pretty severely deconstructed: Peter has little experience and no real resources, so he seems to mostly deal with extremely minor crimes like stolen bikes (which he can't return). When he actually stumbles onto a real case he steps on the toes of the actual authorities.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Everything about the movie is Played for Laughs, making it by far the lightest MCU movie...with the exception of Vulture. Vulture is a terrifying, sinister, foreboding villain who is willing to murder innocents in order to get back at Spider-Man. All the camp and comedy drops considerably whenever he's onscreen.   
  • Lighter and Softer: The stakes are smaller and more personal, the color palette is more colorful and cartoony, and, when compared to the previous Spidey film adaptations, this one is more comedic and goofy. Also, this film gives us a vibe of the late John Hughes' teen comedies... with a superhero twist! It is also this to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Like most people in the MCU who hate Tony, Toomes' grudge against him makes no sense. Tony may have helped found Damage Control, but the US Government was the one who should have done the research on whether the city of New York had contracted someone to clean up after the battle before then compensating him.
  • Police Are Useless: Played With during the ferry incident. Peter thinks he's the only one with a chance of stopping the arms deal, but he actually winds up blundering into the middle of an FBI sting that might've stopped it with much less collateral damage without his interference. The key word is "might've" since they were regular agents going up against a gang armed with super weapons. Thanks to Peter's interference, it's never made certain whether the sting would have worked.
  • Race Lift: Vulture married an African-American/Latina, hence Liz Allan is mixed race in the movie.
    • "Ned Leeds" is Asian, mostly due to being Ganke in everything but name. 
    • Herman Schultz was white in the comics, and he's African-American in this movie.
  • Reality Ensues: The big one is that after all the crazy events in the MCU, advanced technology is starting to leak to the public and the government can't possibly keep track of every scrap of it.
    • Peter's Secret Identity causes him a ton of problems at home and at school. At home, Aunt May is worried sick while the school gives him detention for missing classes and his classmates are angry at him for bailing on his commitments. Stepping out on Liz at the dance ruins any chance he had with her.
    • Peter can't drive yet. He ends up heavily damaging Flash's car.
    • Peter tries to build his hero cred by fighting street crime but spends most of his time milling about. In the 1960s, NYC may have been a hotspot for muggings, but in 2016, street crime had been lowered considerably.
    • Peter tries to bluff Aaron with a modulated voice. Might have worked better if Aaron didn't know Peter's natural speaking voice.
    • Retroactively applies to Civil War. After Tony was Locked Out of the Loop and witnessed Cap go rogue, attack law enforcement, destroy government property and flee underground, he came to one logical conclusion which he relayed to Peter Parker when he recruited him: Cap went insane.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Liz Allan is the Vulture's daughter.
  • Running Gag: People flirting with Aunt May in front of Peter.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Spider-Man faces off against people who believe that they've been wronged by his mentor, Iron Man.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Both Peter and Toomes' arcs are affected by Tony Stark but the man himself doesn't appear for very long.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Discussed. While Tony does suit up to help Spider-Man out of trouble, he doesn't do much else as Tony doesn't consider the arms dealers to be worthy of the Avengers' attention, instead calling in the FBI.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Continuing the Once a Spider-Man Movie tradition, the 60s Spider-Man theme replaces the usual fanfare during the Marvel Studios logo.
  • Unexplained Recovery: The Mark 42, which was set to self-destruct in the climax of Iron Man 3, appears on the cargo plane, battle damage and all.
  • Unknown Rival: An invoked trope. Toomes' gang is painfully aware that Iron Man could descend on them any day and wipe them out so they do their best to stay off his radar.
  • Unskilled but Strong: How Tony summarizes Spider-Man. Peter may physically outclass Captain America but had Cap really wanted to, he would have defeated Peter in minutes.
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