A trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to drop very soon - and after an exciting POV tease that introduced Tony Stark's newly-minted suit for Peter Park (web wings!), it's fair to say Spidey-fever is well and truly back. Homecoming may be the sixth film for the character (and third version) in the space of just sixteen years, but following on from Tom Holland's debut as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, expectations are high.
What makes Homecoming stand out from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb Spider-Man films is that it's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the result of a deal between Marvel Studios and Sony that means MCU architect Kevin Feige will be playing a major role in shaping the story. Beyond that, as the title suggests, Homecoming will be focusing in on Peter's schooldays, with a younger Spidey than we've ever seen struggling to balance being a teenager with superheroics.
USA Today has got some exclusive info on the film from producers, as well as an exclusive image showing an unmasked Spidey. It looks to be a perfect encapsulation of the movie; showing the classical version of the iconic suit, but also the pressures the role poses for the young Peter Parker (while the train speeding by in the background couldn't be more New York). Speaking about that internal conflict, co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll discussed how influential the events of Civil War will be on Peter's day-to-day life:
"He literally just went to Europe with the coolest clique of them all. And now he’s back with the academic decathlon and the mathletes and going, 'What am I doing here?'"
Peter being on "the younger side" was a big part of his arc in the massive versus film, with the hero totally out of his depth. These comments suggest that, like with how the Battle of New York haunted the original Avengers during Phase 2, the direct repercussions of the Leipzig/Halle fight will have a long-term impact on Peter. It doesn't sound like this aftermath will be Spider-Man's only hurdle. Despite Marvel choosing to side-step Pete's well-worn origin story (audiences have seen it play out twice previously, in 2002 and 2012), that doesn't mean Homecoming's Spidey will be complete and fully formed, with Tom Holland saying there's still a lot of learning to go:
"This is really a movie where Spider-Man’s not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes."
Although Uncle Ben's death is the inciting incident, as the first truly down-to-Earth superhero, Spider-Man was constantly learning from his experiences in the comics - with events like the death of Gwen Stacy changing the character decades after his creation. These comments suggests Jon Watts' film understands that and will be giving Peter a more complicated arc than we've seen before. This will go someway to sway the doubters who are unsure about the meddling with traditional Spidey elements, like his early involvement with Iron Man and his costume from Civil War (which "can do a lot more than he even realizes right now," according to Kevin Feige).
Holland also teased the movie's villain, the Vulture, played by Michael Keaton:
"The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking."
Very little's been known about Keaton's third wing-based superpowered character (officially speaking, that is), but it doesn't sound like Watts is handling him flippantly. We'll hopefully get our first look at the flying menace in action when the teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming makes its way online. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for that - and more Homecoming-related goodness that's on the way!
Source: USA Today
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