I mean, yes, I know about the politics, the new guy coming in to play him in Civil War etc etc, but really? Three years???
We've waited longer for Def Leppard albums...
Anyway, away from the bemoaning and tutting (and there was a lot of tutting), was it worth the lack of wait?
Yeah. Kinda was.
I mean, sure, I was in no rush to see this and I didn't think it needed to be made - we had the back story, we had the back story again, surely we could just have him popping up in the Avengers films and be done with it?
Of course not. This is Marvel. There are stories to be told and money to be made.
But, cynical motives aside, they've done a damn fine job.
In Tom Holland they've found a guy who captures the youthful exuberance of early Spidey and can deliver a quip with the required gentle flippancy.
And in Michael Keaton - who's on something of a roll at the moment - they've come up with a baddie of suitable sinister menace.
He steals every scene he's in, without even trying, and adds a wonderful layer of gritty nastiness to what could have become a very glossy affair.
And, most crucially, they've made the damn thing fun.
Along with the webslinging, the leaping, the swinging about, they've remembered to add laughs and jokes.
And good ones too. That actually make you laugh. Like the books can do.
And it's this sense of fun that permeates through the whole of Homecoming, meaning we went from grudging attendance to full-on enjoyment in about five minutes.
The plot, frankly, matters not a jot (bad guy does thing, Spidey tries to stop thing, stuff goes kablooie), because that's not why we're here.
We're here to see Marvel's favouritist super hero deal with becoming an Avenger while also still being a schoolboy.
He's a nerd, a geek, he can't talk to girls, he's got one friend - he's basically every fan of the books, ever.
And that's what he should be. The underdog we all root for and relate to.
Essentially there are three major set-pieces here, strung together with the frills and froth we all expect - but that doesn't seem to matter either.
Because, and I can't stress this enough, there's just so much fun being had.
Tony Stark's presence is of no benefit to anyone, and Homecoming could easily stand on it's own without him - although Jon Favreau's return as Happy is good for laughs.
And the 3D elements don't distract too much when those of us who don't like wearing sunglasses indoors go and see the film as nature intended.
Basically, it's just a very well done super hero movie.
Remember Toby Maguire's third outing?
This is about as far from that as it's possible to get.
Does it need to exist? No.
But we're really glad that it does.