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The out-of-universe reason looks obvious. Marvel celebrated the fact that it can work with Spider-Man again after it sold its movie rights to Sony.

But, if you look at other movies in MCU, names viz. The First Avenger, The Dark World, Ragnarok etc reflect in-universe things. What does Homecoming signify in-universe?

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    This is in no way vague or unclear if you're alive while the movie is playing. – phantom42 Jul 26 '17 at 18:41
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    In universe the characters are not in a movie. Therefore "Spiderman:Homecoming" is not a movie title, and does not need an explanation. – DJClayworth Jul 26 '17 at 19:22
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    Harry Potter and the Yule Ball – PlutoThePlanet Jul 26 '17 at 19:53
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    @phantom42 maybe I'm just tired, but I was more confused by your comment than the question – TankorSmash Jul 27 '17 at 0:40
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    @phanton42 Perhaps in other parts of the world people might not know what a homecoming dance is. – CodeMed Jul 27 '17 at 2:14
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This was addressed in an interview with the chairman of Sony Pictures, Tom Rothman.

[Homecoming is] relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene — that I guess I can give a little thing — at a homecoming dance. I’ve actually seen the dailies of it because we already did the high school shooting of it in the first couple weeks and it’s fantastic. But it’s also a homecoming to Marvel. And a homecoming to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in. So it’s a pretty unprecedented deal between two studios, but we’re really proud of it. And all I can tell you is, those guys at Marvel — I think the technical term is — they know their sh-t.

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Title Explained By Sony Head Tom Rothman

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Homecoming refers to the high school dance Peter attends in the film

(I haven't seen the film yet so I'm trying to avoid spoilers for myself and others.)

A homecoming dance is a common high school tradition, and Peter, as a high school student, attends one during the film. It is featured as the setting for the final act. This is what the film's title refers to.

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To add on to the previous answers, the homecoming dance is a major plot point in the film:

At that critical scene, he makes the decision between his love interest, Liz, and stopping Vulture from his criminal activities.

But it's worse than that, because

Vulture, not to be clichéd or anything, turns out to be Liz's father. (To break the cliché, though, Liz doesn't know of either her father's or Peter's alter egos.) It's because of that homecoming dance that Vulture finds out who Spiderman really is.

I'm sure someone out there is still trying to connect homecoming to the Winter Soldier command words:

Longing, Rusted, Seventeen, Daybreak, Furnace, Nine, Benign, Homecoming, One, Freight Car. Good morning, Soldier.

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    The screenwriters of The Winter Soldier have stated that the "homecoming" was done "fairly accidentally" and not as a foreshadowing or easter egg. youtu.be/bPDE25VZwno?t=1m12s – phantom42 Jul 27 '17 at 12:55
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    @phantom42 Which is why I phrased that sentence the way I did. I didn't say that there was a connection, just that someone is probably still trying to come up with one. – DonielF Jul 27 '17 at 15:50
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    I understand that, and I'm just offering up info to anyone that is trying to do so, that the screenwriters have denied this already. – phantom42 Jul 27 '17 at 16:03
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The beginning of the movie has Peter return home after Spiderman's huge debut into the world of superheroes, both fighting with and against Avengers at the airport (Captain America : Civil War).

Instead of his world being completely changed, everything is essentially back to normal. Before being drafted by Tony Stark, he had already been a bit of a minor vigilante and he returns to that when he fails to receive the "Avenger" missions he wants and expects.

At the end of the movie, he comes full circle and returns home again.

He rejects Tony's offer to become a full-time Avenger and returns home to be the friendly neighborhood Spiderman.

The Homecoming Dance came across to me as simply being a play on the word "Homecoming" rather than being the reason for the title. Using any other semi-formal or formal dance would have made no change to the story.

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Another reason, in addition to the blatantly obvious ball, mentioned by others, is that

after being fired from the "internship" with mister Tony Stark, he is welcomed back to Avengers at the end.

And don't forget

the cliffhanger with aunt May after coming home at the end ...

Also

it could mean coming back to his roots (school, ordinary things, less superheroing)

... or all of the above.

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