The cast and crew of Spider-Man: Homecoming assembled at a press conference in New York City today to discuss the much anticipated film.
On hand for the event were Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes/Vulture), and supporting players Laura Harrier, Jacob Batalon, Zendaya, and Tony Revolori, along with director Jon Watts and executive producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.
The half hour press conference, streamed via Facebook, was wide ranging, and delved into the cast and crew’s thoughts not just on the movie itself, but the fact that it’s a minor miracle it was even made.
Kevin Feige spoke of how bringing Spider-Man into the MCU has been a dream come true for himself and Marvel:
It was a “this will never be possible but let’s dream about it” moment at Marvel Studios…having made the movie is unbelievable.
Sony executive Amy Pascal seemed genuinely thrilled that Sony and Marvel were able to strike a deal to make the movie happen:
It is incredible…it started with a lunch between me and Kevin, and I can’t believe we’re here now. It’s pretty exciting.
Director Jon Watts was asked how he approached the film, and if he came at the story from a different angle since he had the job of more fully integrating Spider-Man into the MCU:
I just tried to approach it as the biggest fan possible…the opportunity to finally put Spider-Man in the Marvel universe where he belongs, really just opened the doors to so many new kinds of stories that we could tell…if anything I felt like we were being as true as possible as anyone has ever been able to be about Spider-Man and how he fits into this world.
Tom Holland reminisced about how Toby Maguire’s take on the character had a huge impact on him in his childhood, and how he wanted to live up to that legacy:
I think the thing I had to remind myself most when I first took on this character was that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man had such a huge impact on me as a kid…he was my role model growing up, he was my favorite character, so I had to keep reminding myself that I was going to have that same impact on kids of a younger generation…I wanted to be a solid role model for them and also do a fresh, young version of the character we know and love so well.
Michael Keaton discussed why he finally decided to return to the world of superhero films 25 years after taking off Batman’s cape for the final time:
I thought it was inventive and really an interesting way to go…I’m not really familiar with a lot of the lore, so for me I was trying to catch up…it’s timely, he’s a person who has a legitimate gripe and a legitimate argument…I thought it was really well written…it was a fun gig.
Robert Downey Jr., downplaying his own role in the film, expressed his continued delight that the MCU is still firing on all cylinders creatively:
This turned out so well…it always come down to what Kevin says, “you’ve got to see the movie and love it.” I saw it and I loved it…that’s what exciting, that [the MCU films] still working.
The anticipation for Spider-Man: Homecoming has reached a fever pitch, with strong early buzz and an expected box office windfall. That everyone involved seems so confident about the end product will likely only further ramp up excitement for the newest iteration of the web slinger.
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