MAN: HOMECOMING's Surprising Mid-Credits Scene Explained - SPOILERS

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

It's a moment that will leave many Spider-Man fans fist-pumping, emotional, and fully satisfied, but some might be wondering what's really so special about it.

Thanks to a quick opening prologue, we know an embittered contractor named Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) has been hoarding and honing the alien technology ever since the aftermath of the Avengers' battle in NY.

But all that is about the change, as she takes on the role of Michelle in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie opposite the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton.

After almost 10 years of the Marvel cinematic universe, it's challenging to not find similarities between each film. Yet coming after the two Andrew Garfield "Spider-Man" films, which were the definition of super-forgettable competence, the movie is just distinctive enough, in concept and execution, to connect and become a sizable hit... From the opening Marvel logo to the end credits (well, after the end credits since it's a Marvel movie) I was grinning so hard I'm pretty sure my face is now stuck that way. Played by Elizabeth Banks in Spidey 1-3, Brant is personal secretary to Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson and a side-love interest for Peter Parker.

Homecoming begins with a recap of the events of Civil War through the eyes of Peter Parker as well as a reminder of the destruction caused in the first Avengers film. Also doing the same is Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) aka Tony Stark who pops in and out of the narrative. Keaton doesn't fall into the cliche of throwaway Marvel villains but is instead a genuinely scary antagonist. Blended with the pratfalls of his day-to-day teen life, dealing with his nosy best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon), his high school crush Liz (Laura Harrier) and his still-in-the-dark guardian Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), "Homecoming" puts together a fun perspective on the comic book genre that feels fresh, even if technically we've already seen it a couple of times.

Even without the little nods the post-credits scene includes, it's also just one of the most self-aware and amusing post-credits scenes Marvel has done since the Avengers' bonding moment over shawarma in 2012. But though the new film has nothing to do with the five live-action Spider-Man adaptations that preceded it, it still draws on decades of Spider-comics. Throughout the film, Captain America sporadically appears in a series of public service announcements about the importance of physical fitness, education and being a stand-up citizen. Rather than to have Peter keep his secret identity from Aunt Mae going forward, Marvel made a decision to let the cat out of the bag at the end of Homecoming. It's light-hearted, smart, a little meta and the first Marvel film to really consider what it might be like for kids living in a world where superheroes are real. Spider-Man has never received a movie that was so passionate about getting him right before and naturally when you get Spider-Man right you leave everyone else behind.

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