How Spider-Man: Homecoming's Director Approached Web-Slinging Scenes

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts opens up about the web-slinging that goes on in Peter Parker's upcoming solo movie. There are now just a few days to go until the release of new Marvel Cinematic Universe flick. Hitting movie theaters across the globe on Friday, with star Tom Holland taking the spotlight in his first solo film outing as the titular hero, the movie will follow a new version of Peter Parker, originally introduced in Captain America: Civil War. Here we’ll see the character brought into the MCU fold for the foreseeable future, with a Homecoming sequel already planned. It’s fair to say Marvel Studios have some big plans for Spider-Man moving forward.

Taking place shortly after the events of Civil War, Homecoming will see Parker return to his home and continue on his journey of self-discovery, with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) serving as his mentor. Though he’s told not to get himself into any trouble so early on in his superhero career, Parker risks life and limb to save his city from destruction when the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton) turns up, hell bent on destroying everything in his path.

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Already a critical darling, the film looks set to make big bucks at the box office, and that’s partly down to the man sitting in the director’s chair this time around: Jon Watts. Opening up about some advice he got from The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb earlier this week in a chat with Den of Geek, Watts also spoke to the publication about the energetic, high-flying web-slinging scenes scattered throughout Homecoming.

Peter Parker saves the ferry in Spider-Man Homecoming

 “Yeah, I wanted it to always be shot as if it were real, you know? If you actually had a Spider-Man who could do all of this stuff, you know, you would shoot it with actual equipment.

“So, it’s really cool to do that [the swoopy camera]. I always call it the Peter Jackson camera moves, where the camera is going like ten thousand miles. But I didn’t want to do that for this, because I wanted to keep it all as grounded as possible. So, whether it was shooting with a drone camera or a helicopter or a cable-cam, or even just handheld, up on a roof chasing after him, I wanted it to feel like we were there with him, and everything was something you could actually film.”

This may not come as the best news to those people who suffer from motion sickness, but to know we’ll likely be getting closer to the action than we ever have before in a Spider-Man movie is certainly an exciting prospect. Seeing the different filming techniques utilized throughout Homecoming will be an adventure in itself, if Watts’ words are to be taken at face value.

Though Spidey’s now found a home in the MCU, we imagine the quirky, chipper hero is still going to be one we recognize either from the Spider-Man films of the past, or the pages of comic books we’ve read throughout the decades. Holland has already certainly proven his skill in the role, and so here with Homecoming he can expand on that even further.

Whether you’re a Tobey Maguire loyalist or somebody willing to give Holland a chance, Homecoming is turning out to be one of the most hyped and highly anticipated movies of the summer. With a release set for the end of the week, the wait is almost over for fans and, if recent reports suggesting a five-movie storyline is being put in place for the hero in the MCU are to be believed, this is just the beginning of something very big indeed.

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Source: Den of Geek

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