In the last several years, as superhero movies have become more dependent on special effects than story, the genre hasn’t generated many films that have been both fan- and critic-friendly. This, however, may be the summer that reverses that trend. Wonder Woman, of course, has been both a huge hit (nearly $350 million to date in the U.S., over $700 million worldwide) and well received by critics. Now comes Spider-Man: Homecoming. Though it’s too early to tell what its financial future will be, it’s got a Metacritic score of 73 (by comparison, “Wonder Woman” had a 76) and a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so that certainly bodes well for its chances. Robert Downey Jr., who appears in the film as Tony Stark (and his alter ego, Iron Man), says the critics are right: Spider-Man: Homecoming is the movie that’s going to revitalize the Spider-Man franchise.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters this Friday.