One of my most anticipated movies in 2017 is Spider-Man: Homecoming. The name is a perfect one as it brings Marvel’s iconic web slinger “home” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to join his family that includes Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and of course Rocket Racoon (my personal favorite). The groundbreaking deal between Sony and Marvel to bring Spider-Man to the MCU was huge for both companies when they managed to make adjustments to the rights in order to introduce a brand new version of Spider-Man to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, and that alone was worth it. Spider-Man was easily one of the (many) bright spots from Civil War despite having just a fraction of screen time. That was enough to sell me on the idea that we finally have a Spider-Man to look forward to again.
Now the time has come for our newest version of Peter Parker to grow up and take on the leading role in an established universe, rather than attempting to relaunch his own for the third time under Sony’s leadership. That is an interesting correlation I am seeing with the first looks of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the cinematic universe. As the latest trailer for the film demonstrates, Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the journey of Parker as he tries to prove his worth in a universe already crowded with heroes like Iron Man and Captain America by going through “the Stark internship.” In the MCU, a young Spider-Man is eager to prove himself worthy of fighting alongside the (or perhaps sometimes against) the Avengers on a regular basis. In our world, Sony’s newest take on Spider-Man, with a little help from Marvel, is looking to prove they still belong in the mix as well.
I continue to have faith this is going to work out, and this latest trailer does nothing to sway me otherwise. It’s a good mix of fun, witty and charming. You can identify with Parker and his struggles as a teenage secret superhero having to also deal with high school drama. You can understand why he may want to push the limits as he tests his skills and abilities. This Spider-Man is much different from past versions. Instead of relying on sensory overload from a radioactive spider bite, we have a Spider-Man relying on tech and gear provided by the MCU’s master of advanced tech, Tony Stark (Iron Man). Watching him react to his suit’s features is part of the charm. We are getting an inside look at how this newest hero is adapting to his new arsenal, and he’s bringing us along for quite a ride.
In addition to the third North America trailer shown above, the latest international trailer also has been released, and it may be even better. It is made especially better if you watched Spider-Man’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a fantastic callback to Captain America: Civil War from Parker’s point of view. We also get much more footage of the main antagonist of the film, Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Vulture. As suspected, it appears Vulture is developing advanced weapons using technology left in the rubble from The Chitauri Invasion from The Avengers, which answers one of the questions I had about the character…
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The Battle of New York continues to be the focal point of tying together the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we inch closer and closer to The Avengers: Infinity Wars. As for Spidey, we know Tony Stark is hooking him up with all of his gear. Now we get a chance to see how Parker is learning to use his equipment.
I think the international trailer is the better of the two released today. Let me know which one you liked better. Also feel free to share whether or not you are as excited for the new Spider-Man film as I am, because I’m really looking forward to this one.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.