Marvel Studios and Sony are preparing for their big release of the year (and one of the most anticipated films of 2017): Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker’s new solo adventure now as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amid a flurry of marketing including magazine covers, trailers, and a tease from composer Michael Giacchino, fans all over the world are definitely looking forward to seeing the webslinger in theaters again.
This new incarnation of Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) won’t show us its origin story as previously seen in Sam Raimi’s trilogy and later in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films. Instead, the story will take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Aside from this, one of the biggest differences between this new Spidey and the previous ones is the costume, which we can look at closely in a new set of Japanese promo images.
Directly from Hiho magazine in Japan come these Homecoming images showing Peter in costume and showing off a variety of action poses. They also give a good look at his “Stark Suit” – another big difference with the previous Spider-Mans, as this time Peter doesn’t make his own costume (though, as the trailers revealed, he will be forced to don his homemade Spider-suit when Tony takes away his high-tech outfit).
Among the visible gadgets and technology included in this suit is the symbol on his chest which detaches and operates as a drone, a GPS tracking system that uses a holographic display that can be projected from his wrist, the web shooters, and Spider Vision, which not only gives the mask some expression but also change in appearance as Spidey shifts into different spider modes.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow high-schooler Peter Parker who, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life in Queens with crime-fighting as his alter ego Spider-Man. His powers will be put to test when a new threat emerges: Vulture (Michael Keaton), a criminal who runs a New York salvaging company and has a suit with mechanical wings forged from Chitauri technology.
Also starring are Zendaya as Michelle, one of Peter’s classmates; Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend, Ned; Marisa Tomei as Aunt May; Donald Glover in a still undisclosed role, and Jon Favreau reprising his role as Stark’s bodyguard, Happy Hogan.
It’s only a matter of waiting to see what other abilities are hidden in Spidey’s new costume and how Peter will deal with those major improvements while also juggling high-school life. Also, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first Spider-Man movie with a lead actor closer to Peter’s age, which makes the high-school theme much more believable than in the previous films.