Tom Holland's new Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of Spider-Man made a big impact with an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but the real test of whether the world needs another Spider-Man movie will be the Spider-Man: Homecoming solo feature next year. The film promises to offer a fresh, youth-oriented take on the character reflecting a modern vision of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's original teenage superhero concept.
Since filming began a few weeks ago, set photos have been popping up regularly. Now, a new set of photos and a video offer a further look at how the new Spider-Man is being brought to life.
The set photos, arriving courtesy of EOnline, CBM and Twitter user Mike Petchenik, show off a performer in a Spider-Man suit (it is unclear whether it is actor Tom Holland or a stunt double) doing wirework stunts to snatch an enemy off of his bicycle. As has been the case with most of the Spider-Man movies previously, the scene will likely be augmented further in post-production via CGI.
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The context of the scene, along with the storyline of the film itself, has remained a closely guarded secret so far -- though fans are expecting to gain a better understanding of what they're in for at this year's SDCC show. Among the questions to be answered are the identities of the mystery roles being filled by the ever-growing cast, which has been notable for an early focus on diversity and a size which suggests at least some will be playing roles to be expanded on in future sequels.
More prominently, fans and industry-watchers alike are eager to discover Michael Keaton's character (widely rumored to be classic Spider-Man supervillain The Vulture), the extent of Robert Downey Jr.'s involvement as Iron Man and the meaning of the subtitle "Homecoming" -- which many have taken to mean the plot will involve Peter Parker being caught between his superhero duties and high school homecoming festivities, along with being an in-joke reference to Spider-Man taking his rightful place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by 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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