Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is now in full swing, as the mystical world of Doctor Strange gets ready to cast its spell upon audiences. Filming also continues on Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Each week, new clues and stories emerge detailing Spidey’s transition from mild-mannered Tom Holland to mild-mannered Peter Parker – as well as the casting curiosities regarding his co-stars Zendaya and Donald Glover.
Recently, the Web Head’s real-world associate showed off his on-set acrobatics, challenging MCU cohort Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to top his stunts. The latest glimpse at the Jon Watts-helmed set includes some great new shots of Peter Parker in full Spider-Man get-up.
The stills come from a redditor lucky enough to catch some of the action in Atlanta (hat tip CBM). Candid moments from the set show Spidey atop a scaffold or cherry picker basket, holding a post-production color correction card and a lighting reference (also used in post by SFX artists). Holland also shows off the playful side of Spider-Man, as he throws the crowd a peace sign and some devilish horns – simultaneously giving fans a great look at the Stark-enhanced spider suit and web shooters.
Holland’s strong showing in Captain America: Civil War won over tons of fans, including one major influence on the industry, for the third version of Spider-Man in recent history. If there were any critiques of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider’s first appearance, they were in reaction to his updated costume. Clearly the designers at Marvel weren't bothered by the naysayers, though, since they keep Peter Parker's spider-suit moving forward into his standalone film.
In the days before Civil War stormed theaters, rumors of a Stark-created costume fueled fan speculation about the Iron Spider costume showing up in the superhero-fray. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently confirmed that Iron Spider was considered, but the enhanced costume was eventually rejected. Assuming Homecoming pulls in major numbers at the box office, fans of the Iron Man-like upgrade may yet get an opportunity to catch it.
Over the years, Spidey has tried out dozens of different looks, including his latest stealth suit from the Deadpool comic book crossover. Naturally, every spider-fan has their favorite spider-wear. The MCU reboot will give Kevin Feige and company a great opportunity to play around with the look and style of the web-slinger, as well as that of his secret identity. Depending upon how well-received Spider-Man: Homecoming is, it will be interesting to see which super suit will show up next.
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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.