After a mostly disliked third film in the Sam Raimi trilogy, followed by the one-two punch of Sony’s failed attempt to relaunch the franchise via an origin story re-do and a disappointing sequel, Marvel mainstay Spider-Man was on hard times. That was until Sony worked out a deal allowing Spidey to return to the welcoming arms of his creators, and join the monstrously successful MCU. Now played by 20-year-old British actor Tom Holland, the Marvel Studios rendition of Peter Parker made his grand debut in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, and proceeded to earn rave reviews from nearly everyone who saw the film.
With his intro out of the way, Spider-Man is currently preparing to swing into his own MCU solo adventure, entitled Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wisely, Homecoming won’t be yet another origin story for the iconic character, and will continue the relationship between Peter and Tony Stark that was established in Civil War. The film recently began production at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios, and set photos have been pouring in as of late. The most recent ones are of Holland in full Spider-Man costume. The costume itself appears to be the same high-tech suit gifted to Peter by Tony after their initial meeting in Queens.
While it’s certainly cool to get a glimpse at Holland doing his Spider-Man thing on the set of Homecoming, in usual Marvel fashion, actual plot details for the film remain elusive. The few bits of info available include the fact that Michael Keaton is set to play the villain, the story involves Peter trying to balance high school with his career as a superhero, the aforementioned continuation of Tony Stark’s mentor/student relationship with Peter, and that director Jon Watts’ pitch to Marvel was described as being a John Hughes-ian take on Spider-Man’s trials and tribulations. The supporting cast has also started to publicly fill out, with names like Martin Starr, Donald Glover, Michael Mando, Hannibal Buress, and Logan Marshall-Green are all confirmed for roles in the film.
After Spider-Man’s spotty last decade in cinemas, a lot rides on the success of the web-head’s MCU solo debut. Thankfully, Holland seems to have been the perfect choice to play Peter Parker, and all signs so far point to Homecoming being a film that any Spider-fan can be proud of.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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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