Peter Parker (Tom Holland) runs into MJ – Magic Johnson, that is – in the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot. The Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced a new version of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man last spring with the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. The MCU installment featured Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) recruiting the high school-aged superhero for his fight against Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans). Next, Marvel Comics fans will get to see Holland’s version of Peter Parker in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is a little less than a month away from hitting theaters.
Since movie fans have seen two other versions of Peter Parker suit up as Spider-Man over the last two decades (Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man), Marvel and Sony went in a different direction for Homecoming. Notably, the latest Spidey film will be rooted in Peter’s high school experience, and it won’t feature some of the most well known Spider-Man characters. For instance, though it was long rumored and speculated Zendaya was playing Peter’s comic book love interest Mary-Jane Watson, her character’s actual identity has been confirmed – and it’s not MJ.
However, the latest promo for Spider-Man: Homecoming plays on those MJ rumors. Sony has debuted a number of TV spots for the latest Spidey film during the NBA Finals, with an ongoing storyline of Peter rushing to run errands for Tony so he can watch the game at Stark’s party. The latest TV spot [above] features Peter running into MJ – though it’s famous basketball player Magic Johnson, not the hero’s comic book love interest.
Instead of MJ – or even Gwen Stacy, who appears alongside Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 – Peter’s love interest in Homecoming will be a girl named Liz Allan (Laura Harrier) who attends the same school as him. The film will feature a number of other people who populate Peter Parker’s high school, including Peter’s best friend Ned (Jacob Battalion) and the school bully Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori), as well as Zendaya’s Michelle.
Of course, as the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming NBA Finals TV spot highlights, the upcoming MCU installment will also feature two veterans of the superhero shared universe – namely, Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan – as well as a major antagonist in Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Michael Keaton). While this newest Homecoming TV spot doesn’t offer any new information about the movie, it does conclude the storyline established in previous promos. Plus, Sony marketing Spider-Man: Homecoming during such a high-profile sporting event will no doubt help entice viewers for when the movie hits theaters early next month – even though tonight’s Spider-Man TV spot may have been overshadowed by Marvel dropping the first teaser trailer for Black Panther.