Ever since Tom Holland's Spider-Man made his unforgettable Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, there has been a palpable buzz around this new, more authentic, interpretation of the web-slinger - and fans are itching to see where Marvel will take the character in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. The reception for the new Spidey in Civil War was just as warm as that for the trailer, with audiences enjoying the witty remarks and youthful nature of the character, as well as how brilliantly he interacted with other MCU heroes (in particular, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man).
The iconic character suffered somewhat of a slump under the stewardship of Sony, who have struggled with the superhero since the cluttered Spider-Man 3, before an ill-advised reboot saw Andrew Garfield take up the mantle. The two Amazing Spider-Man films that followed received a lukewarm response, although Garfield himself garnered praise for his turn as Peter Parker. Now however, thanks to a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Spidey is back home and seamlessly integrating into the MCU.
And it seems it isn't only the fans that are excited for Homecoming. Anthony Russo, one half of the director pairing behind Civil War and the next Avengers installment, also firmly believes that Tom Holland's first solo outing will be the ultimate film version of the timeless character. Speaking to Comic Book, Russo claimed that he and his brother Joe had been working closely with Homecoming director, Jon Watts, in developing the character as both an individual entity and as part of the larger MCU:
"From a process standpoint, it's like it is with all other Marvel directors, everybody runs into each other in the hallways, we're passing off story information between each other. I don't necessarily know how much it influenced me yet because we're not involved in it on a day-to-day project, a process, and we've seen as much as everybody else has seen, meaning if you were at Comic-Con and you saw the Comic-Con trailer, that's what we've seen of it."
Despite claiming to have only seen as much footage as the fans have, Russo's insider knowledge has led to staunch confidence that Spider-Man: Homecoming will please fans and critics alike:
"I think the tone and the direction that he's [Jon Watts] heading in that movie are fantastic, I think it has the potential to be the best Spider-Man yet and I know that's saying a lot because perhaps my favorite comic book movie of all time is Raimi's Spider-Man 2. He's [Jon Watts] crazy talented, the script is amazing, and we have really high expectations for the movie."
Whilst hearing a Marvel director talk-up a Marvel movie is about as surprising as a Stan Lee cameo, it's unlikely Russo would speak so highly of another director's work unless he had full confidence in it, for fear of the movie not living up to expectations. And with the character's successful appearance in Civil War, there's every reason to be optimistic about Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Comic Book