It might seem a little weird to think, but it's been four whole years since Tom Holland's Peter Parker made his debut in Captain America: Civil War. It was a huge surprise at the time, with many writing off the prospect of Spider-Man ever crossing over into the MCU as a pipe-dream, one that had about as great a chance as succeeding as an Avengers/X-Men crossover. (Oh, how the times change.)
Since 2016, audiences have seen Holland suit up as Spider-Man on four further occasions, twice in his own Spider-Man movies (Homecoming and Far From Home), and twice again in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. For the most part, this latest rendition of the wall-crawler has proven a hit with fans, with Holland - buyoued by talented co-stars Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Michael Keaton - able to capture the youthful energy of Peter Parker in a way previous actors haven't quite managed.
That being said, there are a few things to find uncomfortable about the newest version of Spider-Man. For all that it's been great seeing him on the big screen with Iron Man, Captain America and co., sacrifices have been made. This isn't the Spidey we all knew and loved, but fans seem content enough to ignore that so long as Peter gets to mix it in the big leagues opposite Marvel's other heroes and villains.
There's so much to genuinely like about this new web-slinger, but there are some seriously problematic elements laying beneath the surface.