A new magazine spread reveals photos of Peter Parker going to school in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The much-anticipated reboot marks Spidey’s starring debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a markedly younger version of Peter Parker as played by Tom Holland. The actor gave a glimpse of what to expect from the new Parker with his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
Holland’s leading role as Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming is expected to follow the character’s high school life. In fact, the entire planned trilogy may be set in high school. Exploring coming-of-age themes, the reboot could bring plenty of fresh twists to the iconic superhero and tap into a whole new generation of younger fans. A new magazine spread indicates that the high school-oriented themes in Homecoming will be as prevalent as they have appeared so far.
Teen entertainment magazine J-14 released some images from the high school scenes of Spider-Man: Homecoming in an “All Access” section of a new issue. There are plenty of shots of Holland in his Spidey suit, as the images tease a series of stunts throughout the movie, some of which may actually take place at the school. There’s also a look at Laura Harrier, who plays Parker’s “love interest” Liz Allan, as well as Zendaya as a mysterious “loner” character Michelle.
There’s also a shot of Parker with his best friend Ned Leeds. Their friendship is said to be an important aspect of Parker’s ability to deal with the ups and downs of high school life. Holland, who attended Donhead Preparatory School in West London, said he went undercover at a Bronx school to prepare for the role by immersing himself in an American high school atmosphere.
The 1960s Spider-Man comics are apparently a major inspiration for the movie and one of the big reasons there’s such a big focus on Parker’s personal life. There’s also going to be a sequence inspired by the 1980s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Clearly, Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to put massive emphasis on Parker as a high school kid with great potential to draw in huge audiences among high school-aged demographics.
Spider-Man: Homecoming certainly has potential to breathe new life into the franchise if it’s anywhere near as good as other recent MCU productions. But the reboot is likely facing plenty of pressure to be great as a major tentpole for Sony Pictures, which reported huge losses in 2016. But Homecoming remains a safe bet to at least turn a profit, and its heavy high school-oriented themes could still make the movie popular among that age group.