Fans were very excited when it was announced that Marvel Studios had struck a deal with Sony to allow Spider-Man to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though Tom Holland would become the third actor in less than a decade to portray Your Friendly Neighborhood, the possibilities it opened were endless. Fortunately, when Holland’s take on Peter Parker made his debut in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, it definitely lived up to the hype. Spider-Man was one of the most praised aspects of the film, and many couldn’t wait to see more of the Web Head.
After stealing scenes with an ensemble cast, Holland will be placed front and center in his own vehicle, titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie is due out in theaters July 2017 and recently began principal photography in Atlanta. While there’s still plenty of work to be done, director Jon Watts has shot enough footage to present a brief sizzle reel during Marvel’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. It was something cut specifically for the crowd in attendance, but we were there to see it.
The trailer opens with an amusing montage set to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” showing all of the Avengers’ (including Stephen Strange) high school yearbook portraits to illustrate that all heroes have a beginning. It then cuts to Midtown High to provide a breakdown of Peter Parker’s day. In addition to attending classes and admiring cute girls from a distance, he’s also working hard on maintaining his crime fighting lifestyle. There’s funny bits of comedy when Parker is watching a YouTube video of his battle against Giant Man in Civil War during a science seminar, and when he’s mixing a new web fluid formula at school.
Since Homecoming has only just begun principal photography, just about all of the reel was dedicated to depicting the high school scenes (with appearances by Zendaya, Angourie Rice, and other teenagers), but there was a portion of costumed Spidey action. Parts of what is most likely the set piece hinted at in leaked set photos (Spider-Man on a truck) was shown, giving the fans the briefest of tastes of classic web-slinging action. It ended with confirmation that the villain would be the Vulture, whose appearance from the comics has been upgraded. The antagonist looks like he’s wearing an Iron Man suit with wings. That may not necessarily be the case, but the outfit was certainly mechanical in nature.
Marvel is known for blending multiple genres with their films, giving each one its own unique feel. Homecoming has been described numerous times in the past as a John Hughes comedy, which was reiterated again during the panel. The tone established by the footage shown supports that claim, taking the style of the classic filmmaker and updating it for modern audiences. Peter is very much a nerdy, geeky kid, one who is called a loser when he’s caught staring at potential love interests from across the cafeteria. Holland has been called the “perfect” Peter Parker by none other than Stan Lee, and the role certainly seems to be in strong hands.
To date, the general consensus is that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is the best feature film about the wall-crawler, since it perhaps more than any other production truly captured the struggle Peter Parker faces on a daily basis – where he must balance his personal life with his responsibilities as Spider-Man. The Homecoming sizzle reel seemed to suggest that Watt’s film will put this element of the character in the spotlight, ending with Peter trying to duck out of a study hall session and asked by a fellow student where he goes all the time. Spider-Man is one of the most popular heroes in pop culture because he’s one of us, and Tom Holland definitely conveys that.
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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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