WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Homecoming
Director Jon Watts has shared some details about how they were able to film Peter’s (Tom Holland) first official visit to the new Avengers facility in Upstate, New York towards the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. After his heroic deed of singlehandedly taking down the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his gang, the web-slinging hero was personally invited to the base camp for an official invitation to be part of the Avengers. Unfortunately, Peter decided to stay on the ground for a bit longer, ultimately declining the gig that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was offering him.
Being the first time that Spider-Man exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel capitalized on the notion of Peter being in the same world as the Avengers in Homecoming. In fact, a huge chunk of the young superhero’s motivation is chalked up to his eagerness to upgrade from a street-level hero to a big league type like the iconic superhero squad – something that has never been fleshed out on screen given Sony’s ownership of the property. And although Peter eventually realized that he does not really need to be Avenger right away to be an effective and well-loved hero, seeing him in the Avengers facility can be an indication of big things to come for him.
Talking to CinemaBlend while doing the promotional rounds for Homecoming, Watts has recalled how difficult it was to film the Avengers base camp sequence in the film. On top of the technical aspect of actually building the set, the director also cited the sensitivity of the issue given how the group is basically torn apart as of the moment. That said, he took the opportunity and made the most out of it:
“That big moment in the movie was always there. But there was a question of how much will be designed, and how much will we be able to shoot, and how much will we be able to show. If anything, that was like, ‘Really? You’re going to show this? You’re sure? OK, fine. Thank you! Yes, I will take that!’ … That was really fun to shoot. And just such a nice moment to see this kid, with this really goofy t-shirt on, smiling and staring out at Avengers compound with that big A behind him. It feels like, ‘Wow, Spider-Man is really in the Marvel universe!'”
The facility has been referenced a couple of times throughout the movie especially with Tony moving in it and selling the Stark-turned-Avengers tower in the middle of New York. The base camp was first seen by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron and has once served as the quarters for some of the team members before Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony’s falling out in Captain America: Civil War.
It is interesting that despite the fact that the Avengers is technically a title without anyone in it, the massive place seems to be well-kept and bustling with people still working there. Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have revealed in a production featurette for the upcoming ensemble film that while Cap and Tony are still not in good terms, the latter is actively trying to do everything to make sure that the Earth is protected shall his fears of a greater threat coming turns into a reality.
Despite Peter declining a coveted spot on the Avengers roster in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we know that the wall-crawling hero will not be staying down the ground for very long as he is expected to be involved in the upcoming fight against mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his cohorts in Avengers 3.
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