In a new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker and Tony Stark have a pretty major disagreement. Tony Stark has been a hero for awhile now. Iron Man is the movie that got the Marvel Cinematic Universe started back in 2008 – and while at first he became Iron Man out of necessity – to escape his abductors – Tony quickly took to being a hero and began building multiple suits and saving the day, as often as needed. He was truly the first of the Avengers, even showing up for a moment in The Incredible Hulk to show that he was helping set up a team.
The year Iron Man came out, actor Tom Holland was 12-years-old. But now – just under a decade later – he’s playing a hero in his own right. Recruited by Tony Stark during Captain America: Civil War to help in the fight between former friends, there is nothing that 15-year-old Peter Parker (Holland) wants more than to be one of the Avengers. But while he looks to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) as a mentor – and his way onto the team – Stark knows how difficult a life it is, and wants to encourage Parker to take it slow, while he grows up a bit more.
Now, in a new TV spot released by Sony Pictures, it’s youth vs. experience as Parker and Stark argue about the younger man’s place as a hero. Meanwhile, Adrian Toomes aka. Vulture (Michael Keaton) is threatening the young hero’s loved ones – and like any Avenger, there is nothing Spider-Man won’t do to protect the people he cares about.
The spot starts with some familiar footage, with Parker asking about becoming an Avenger and Stark telling him to remain “a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” But when Vulture flies in, talons and all, and Spider-Man holds together a destroyed boat, things really fall apart between the two heroes. Parker confronts Stark, claiming that something bad would not have happened if the older man had listened to him. Vulture returns to the spot, threatening everyone that Parker loves if the kid doesn’t stop messing with him. Parker acknowledges that he has to do this on his own. Throughout the spot, words flash on the screen, reminding the audience that Parker has everything to learn – and everything to lose.
Past Homecoming trailers and TV spots have touched on the disagreement between Stark and Parker, to the point where Stark takes back the high end Spider-Man suit he gave to Parker. It looks like a father and son-style disagreement, with Stark trying to teach from his own personal experience and Parker wanting to jump right in and prove himself. Neither character has a father figure (both are orphans and Parker’s Uncle Ben is already gone), so the dynamic makes sense between them.
The real question is how far Stark is willing to go to teach Parker this lesson. With Peter’s Aunt May, friends, and possibly even girlfriend all in danger, there is nothing the enthusiastic young hero wouldn’t do to protect them. And it’s clear that Stark is watching Parker closely. Maybe he’ll come flying in to save the day if Parker does get in over his head. Or maybe he’s going to hang back and observe – knowing and believing that Parker can do it on his own. After all, the movie’s title is Spider-Man: Homecoming. Iron Man may be there to help and to teach – but in the end it is Spider-Man’s movie and his turn to be the hero.
Source: Sony Pictures
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