The upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming contains more than a single nod to the collective cinema of John Hughes.When Marvel and Sony first announced that they would be partnering up to bring Peter Parker/Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans were excited, while others were slightly disappointed. Coming off The Amazing Spider-Man films, the new standalone movie set within the MCU is the third live-action, Peter Parker-focused Spider-Man film released in theaters in five years. As a result, many wondered if the character may have needed more time off before being rebooted, again.
It just goes to show then, how in tune with the Spider-Man character Marvel proved to be, that Tom Holland’s portrayal of the character in Captain America: Civil War was so instantly well-received by both fans and critics alike. Younger than he had ever been in a film before, and with the ability to interact with his fellow Marvel titans for the first time, many fans quickly proclaimed Holland’s take to be the best version of Peter Parker that had ever been seen in a live-action movie.
That youth undoubtedly was one of the biggest contributing factors to the fan reception. After all, while Spider-Man has gotten to do a lot of things onscreen, one of the biggest demands fans had was to see a Spider-Man film in which the high school aspect of Peter’s life played a bigger role. Luckily, it’s looking more and more like Spider-Man: Homecoming may just be that – and while speaking with Screen Rant at a set visit for Homecoming, co-producer, Eric Carroll, revealed one sequence he thinks will be one of the standouts in Homecoming. Turns out, it came from a very specific ’80s movie inspiration:
“They go through this great Ferris Bueller-inspired chase through this neighborhood, where these guys from the Shocker, they got in one good clock. Spider-Man was not expecting that. So they get a jump on him, they tear off, and Spider-Man gives chase. It’s a lot of fun. He’s running through people’s backyards, he’s encountering friendly dogs, things like that. We think it’s going to be one of the signature sequences in the film.”
Now, director Jon Watts, Kevin Feige, and most of the other creative execs involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming haven’t been shy about listing off their biggest inspirations for the new film. John Hughes has always been at the top of that list, with his critically-acclaimed work rejuvenating the coming-of-age genre in the ’80s and ’90s.
Of course, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of his most beloved films, but it’s also one of the lighter directorial efforts in his career, and the tone of the film itself would almost certainly translate well into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This specific sequence was even glimpsed briefly in the last trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, with a quick shot of Peter swinging through a random person’s suburban back yard. And for what it’s worth, that’s the kind of grounded, relatable humor that could very easily separate Spider-Man: Homecoming from not only the previous Spider-Man films but any other superhero film of recent memory as well.