While each film has its fans, it’s not hard to argue that from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 onward, everyone’s favorite heroic webhead had found himself in a big-screen slump. Raimi’s widely praised first two Spider-Man efforts had helped establish the current age of superhero dominance in theaters; something that would, of course, eventually be cemented by the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there for Peter Parker’s arachnid alter ego in the cinematic realm – that is, until this summer’s Captain America: Civil War brought Spider-Man to the MCU.
Tom Holland’s teenage rendition of Spider-Man quickly became an almost universally acclaimed aspect of Civil War, serving to both introduce one of Marvel’s most iconic characters into the blockbuster MCU canon, and effectively reintroduce moviegoers at large to a hero whose films had gone from being event cinema to also-ran status with fans in the last decade. With Spider-Man firmly back in the good graces of the masses, Peter Parker’s next stop occurs in 2017, via his first solo MCU effort Spider-Man: Homecoming. To say that Homecoming is highly anticipated would be a vast understatement, despite Marvel doing its best to keep details on the film at a minimum so far.
While footage from Homecoming was shown at SDCC, it still has yet to be released to the public, and it’s unclear when Marvel will decide to grant those not in Hall H a peek at what Spidey’s latest adventure has in store. So, in lieu of actual footage, a new fan trailer compiles video and audio clips from various previously released movies with the intent of providing a glimpse at what a full trailer for Homecoming might end up looking like. To spice things up a bit, the trailer also adds a subplot concerning popular Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter to the proceedings, as played by noted tough guy actor Gerard Butler. Check out the full video above.
Just some of the films with clips included in the trailer are Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and interestingly enough, the three aforementioned flicks comprising the Spidey slump: Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Footage from Robocop (2014) and Birdman is also used, in order to help illustrate Michael Keaton’s villainous turn as The Vulture. A full list of included movies can be found underneath the video on Youtube. Kraven’s dialog is taken from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game.
In an intriguing move, the fan trailer also contains what appears to be Peter Parker’s usual love interest Mary Jane Watson, as played by Chloe Grace Moretz. Disney star Zendaya has been heavily rumored to be playing Mary Jane in Homecoming, although Marvel has yet to officially confirm or deny those reports. Moretz’ look in the included clips is obviously much more in line with MJ’s usual portrayal as a white redhead, although Spider-Man creator Stan Lee has fully endorsed the idea of Zendaya taking over the role.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.