How Homecoming's Jon Watts Worked With the Russos on Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has shed the light how he worked with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo in bringing Tom Holland's version of the web-slinger to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man, along with Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa aka. Black Panther, are two of the new additions to the MCU that were first introduced during the Captain America trilogy capper before they debuted in their own solo adventures.

Holland was introduced in last year's Civil War with very limited screen time, even lesser than that of Boseman. Despite that, the Russo brothers were able to efficiently use the character and quickly establish him as a part of the MCU. On top of that, fans quickly got on board with this new version of Spidey with his youthful antics, quippy lines and even his on-point accent - which some die-hards are very specific about. His short banter with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man sort of become an in to work the veteran actor in Homecoming and craft a very grounded story about a young boy struggling to settle into his normal day-to-day life after his first taste of the bigger (Avengers) world out there. In hindsight, on top of crafting a pretty packed film in Civil War, the Russos were also tasked with nailing Spidey's third reincarnation in the big screen - and they definitely succeeded.

While talking to Screen Crush during the promotional campaign for Homecoming, Watts revealed just how involved he was with the Russos' take on Holland's Spider-Man in Civil War:

"Yeah — but not massively. Basically, Tom Holland and I got hired on the same day. And the first thing I did was I got to read the script for Civil War and I talked with [Civil War directors] Joe and Anthony [Russo] for a really long time. And I gave them all of my own personal materials about “This is what Peter’s bedroom should look like, this is what his wardrobe should look like.” Just anything like that to make sure we were all on the same page so that my movie transitions seamlessly with theirs."

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Joe Russo directing Captain America Civil War
Joe Russo directing a scene in Captain America: Civil War

The seamless transition shines through during Homecoming, as the movie makes it clear that Peter Parker is more-than-ready to go on his next big mission after his initial encounter with Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The agony of waiting for the call for his next "retreat" is fueled by the burden of going back to school, without being able to tell anyone about the recent crazy experiences that he has had.

Should Watts indeed direct the Homecoming sequel, he would find himself handling a similar transition - as Homecoming 2 takes place mere minutes after Avengers 4, a film that the Russo Brothers are also directing. Homecoming 2 will begin filming about mid-way through next year in order to make its currently-scheduled July 2019 - in the process, ushering in Phase 4 of the MCU at the same time. Although he's not officially onboard yet, Watts is very much expected to return to call the shots on the next MCU Spider-Man solo movie.

By the time Homecoming 2 comes out, Holland will no longer be the MCU newbie that he is right now. He will have appeared in four movies - Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 - before the next solo Spider-Man movie hit the big screen, so it will be all the more interesting to see how Peter's character arc in the MCU evolves moving forward from that point.

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Source: Screen Crush

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
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