For many fans, the idea of Spider-Man ever appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had looked like an impossibility several years ago, before Marvel and Sony made their monumental deal together to bring the character into the same world as The Avengers. And when he made his debut in Captain America: Civil War last year – younger than any of the previous incarnations of the iconic character have been before, and played with an energetic charisma by Tom Holland – many fans called it the best onscreen interpretation of the beloved hero to date. Marvel and Sony haven’t wasted much time capitalizing on Holland’s success as the character either, with the two studios set to release Spider-Man: Homecoming later this year.
Picking up just a little after the events of Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the first standalone outing for Holland’s version of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger, as he faces off against classic Spider-Man villains like The Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine). But in addition to those showdowns, Homecoming will also focus heavily on Peter’s life at Midway High School and his burgeoning relationship with Robert Downey Jr.’s mentor-like Tony Stark.
Despite the overwhelmingly positive response to his appearance in Civil War, though, some fans have still remained skeptical about Holland’s interpretation of Spidey and Homecoming as a whole. But it looks like Holland is more than aware of that, and while recently speaking with Deadline, the actor stated that he is confident the standalone film will make everyone, including the naysayers, fall in love with this incarnation of Peter Parker:
“It is a version of Spider-Man we have not seen before and I think the trailer really portrays that. It might take audiences just a half beat to adjust to the new take but I think once they do they will fall in love with it.”
Considering the current hype surrounding the film and the response to the second Homecoming trailer (now online), it’s fair to say that Holland may not be far off with his prediction here. Aside from just the fact that he exists in the same universe as The Avengers now, there’s been a real effort and focus on the part of the film’s creative team to make sure that Spider-Man: Homecoming delivers the most faithful version of the Peter Parker character yet.
That may not wind up being the case, of course, since many fans still point to Sam Raimi’s first two live-action Spider-Man films as being the definitive live-action films featuring Mr. Parer. Still, by dedicating so much time to following Peter through his daily school life, and by pitting him alongside a number of characters that all appeared within the first few issues of the Spider-Man comics from the 1960s, there’s a real sense that Homecoming will be the Spider-Man film that some fans have been waiting a long time to see. If so, then Holland may be able to solidify his place once and for all as the best version of Peter Parker to ever appear on the big screen.