Everything we know about the new 'Spider-Man' movie
From the new trailer to Iron Man's big role, here's all the gossip about Spidey's next adventure.
With all the various superhero movies arriving in theaters, one that's getting a lot of buzz is the upcoming Spider-Man movie due out in 2017. Titled "Spider-Man: Homecoming," the film is being helmed by director Jon Watts and produced by Israeli-American Avi Arad and American Amy Pascal.
While Marvel and Sony have allowed very few details to leak regarding the web-slinger's new adventure, there have been some hints dropped along the way. Below is everything we currently know about Peter Parker, the potential villains out to get him, and one very big mentor to help guide him.
It won't be an origin story
Good news, comic book fans: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" won't feature the same origin story as the two previous iterations. That should come as a welcome relief to those who complained loudly that "Batman v Superman" wasted time yet again on fleshing out Bruce Wayne's tragic backstory.
"We also wanted to let audiences know he’s already Spider-Man; he’s been Spider-Man for a little while when we meet him," Marvel Studios president and film producer Kevin Feige told Slashfilm. "There wasn’t the expectation we’d tell an origin. I think everybody in the world already knows."
According to British actor Tom Holland, the latest to slip into Spidey's red suit, his character will differ from earlier portrayals by having Peter Parker act his age.
"I think our main difference is trying to make Peter feel like a kid and in the film you see a kid reacting to meeting the Avengers for the first time," the 19-year-old told HeyUGuys. "I think that’s one of the things people love about these films, is seeing real life occurrences happen in these crazy films, and that’s exactly what happens to Peter in his house."
Marvel (finally) has creative control
To say it's been a long road for Marvel finally having a serious say in its web-slinger franchise would be an understatement.
Filmmaker Menahem Golan, a prolific Israeli producer, kicked off the first serious push to bring Spider-Man to the big screen all the way back in 1985. His plan was to shoot the project at Cannon Studios in the U.K. and film the exterior shots in Tel Aviv, Israel. To drum up interest, Golan even shot the above promotional trailer before a single frame of film had been shot.
While Golan's efforts ultimately fell short, his vision for Spider-Man making an impact on the big screen was finally realized when Sony released "Spider-Man" in 2002. Starring American actor Tobey Maguire and produced by Arad, the film spawned two sequels. In 2012, British-American actor Andrew Garfield took on the role in another reboot by Sony that, while successful, did not measure up to fan expectations.
After years of being outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was finally announced in 2015 that Sony and Marvel would partner on the web-slinger's next installments. While his appearance in this month's "Captain America: Civil War" will serve as his reintroduction, "Homecoming" is where the new Spidey will really shine.
According to Kevin Feige, creative control is finally in their hands. "They really are supportive in allowing us to make the creative decisions to make that movie, but they've been great partners," he said. "So far so good on that movie."
The first trailer is loaded with surprises
The first trailer for "Spider Man: Homecoming" reveals a film big on both heart, humor, and action. You can watch it in all it's glory above, but check out our full article here for a breakdown on all the easter eggs you might have missed!
The second trailer builds on the Spider-Man/Iron Man relationship
Fans clamoring for a more in-depth look at the new film had their wishes granted on March 28th with the debut of a second trailer. In addition to spotlighting a bit more of actor Michael Keaton's Vulture villain, the trailer also sheds light on the mentor role Tony Stark is taking on for Peter Parker. It's clear from the interactions that take place that Stark wants Parker to enjoy more being a kid and less attempting to save the world as Spider-Man.
"There’s something interesting in giving a 15-year-old incredible powers and seeing what he would do with it," Tom Holland said during an interview at CinemaCon. "I strongly believe a 15-year-old would have the time of his life. It was important that we see Peter Parker enjoying his powers, but also using them to do good."
The third trailer shows off the tech
"We felt like if a kid is running around in a skin-tight suit with all of these cool features, it’s probably going to be pretty high tech," co-producer Eric Carroll told Screenrant earlier this year.
As the action-packed trailer shows, Spidey's suit includes a whole bunch of as-yet hidden features protected under a "training wheels" security protocol.
"I'm sick of Mr. Stark treating me like a kid," Peter Parker complains to his friend Ned Leeds. "But you are a kid," Ned responds. "Yea," Parker adds, "a kid who can stop a bus with his bare hands!"
It will be very meta
A new trailer revealed at the MTV Movie and TV Awards showcases the humor and inside jokes that fill the new movie. When the titular superhero surprises a teenager one night, the high school student declares: "You're the Spider-Man ... from YouTube." Later in the clip, Peter Parker is asked if he knows Iron-Man and if he's one of the Avengers. This is the kind of we-don't-take-ourselves-too-seriously vibe that audiences love about the Marvel superhero movies.
The marketing in China has a comic book-feel
The official Instagram account for "Spider Man: Homecoming" recently posted a Chinese movie poster for the film with a decidedly comic book-feel. If true, it's a clever take in terms of art direction and may say something about the light-humored tone of the movie.
The first poster is surprisingly chill
Reflecting the playful, less-serious Spider-Man to feature in "Homecoming," the first teaser poster for the film shows the web slinger relaxing all cool. What's he listening to? Knowing Peter Parker, it could be anything from the latest in pop music to a science podcast.
In addition to the bright colors, we're also really enjoying the backdrop of the New York City skyline featuring Tony Stark's Avengers tower. And in case you're wondering, yes, that is a school uniform blazer that Spider-Man is donning. As the poster tagline reads: “Homework can wait. The city can’t.”
Iron Man will serve as a mentor
Of all the cameos to look forward to in "Homecoming," Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), played by American actor Robert Downey Jr., has us the most excited. According to various reports, Stark will serve as a mentor to Peter Parker, recruiting him early in "Civil War" to join the Avengers under the guise of a grant scholarship. But why would Iron Man need Parker's web-slinging skills?
“Look, there’s a certain narcissism to the character and Tony doesn’t want to lose this fight, and at the same time I think he also sees Spider-Man as the greatest living non-lethal weapon," co-director Joe Russo said at the "Civil War" U.K. press conference. "If you’re going out to capture a bunch of people who you don’t necessarily want to hurt, you couldn’t ask for a better character than Spider-Man to take with you."
Russo added in an interview with IGN that Parker and Stark's partnership will be one of the defining elements for the next phase of films. "I think that this mentor relationship that Tony has developed with Peter Parker is probably one of the most interesting things the universe has moving forward," he said.
Enter the Vulture ... and Michael Keaton
While Marvel and Sony were previously tight-lipped as to who might go up against Spider-Man in "Homecoming," the cat, er rather bird, has finally been let out of the bag.
During an interview with the Toronto Sun, Kevin Feige revealed that the big bad is none other than the Vulture. This classic archenemy of Spider-Man, the Vulture is played by an aging engineer who builds an electromagnetic flying suit to boost his strength and mobility. The tea leaves have pointed strongly to this villain for quite some time, if only because he was the rumored antagonist for American director Sam Raimi's scrapped fourth Spider-Man film for Sony. And the actor set to play to him? None other than Michael Keaton.
"We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together," Feige said about the Marvel Cinematic Universe's upcoming villains. "Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something."
Keaton's casting is pure kismet, with the actor's comeback in Hollywood having previously kicked off with the Oscar-winning 2014 drama "Birdman." The film, hemled by "Revenant" director Alejandro Iñárritu and Arnon Milchan, a prolific Israeli producer, tells the story of a washed up actor best known for playing the high-flying superhero "Birdman." Keaton, 65, can now add a villainous bird of his own to his resume.
One last possibility being floated is that the Vulture is one of several villains that will appear. A quick scan of Spider-Man's comic book foes shows no fewer than three dozen possibilities for Marvel to choose from. For those rooting for Venom to make an appearance, hold tight: Sony has plans to launch a standalone film featuring the shapeshifter within the next several years.
Spidey gets his wings
Those attending Brazil's Comic-Con Experience were treated to a preview of the new "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer expected to appear before "Rogue One" on December 16th. According to Twitter user AgentM, the footage was extremely short but did show off one very important new detail.
"The Spider-Man Homecoming footage was short but AWESOME,” he wrote. "Starts from Spidey’s POV, talking with Happy Hogan (played by Jon Favreau). There’s a case from Tony Stark with an 'upgrade' for Spidey. Then we see Spidey leap off a building, open his arms, web wings! There were a few more flashes of shots, but I can’t remember. That classic underarm webbing look was just so rad."
According to sources, we now also know that some of "Homecoming" takes place in Washington, D.C.; as Spidey, in one scene in the trailer, glides off the Washington Monument.
It'll have a John Huges vibe
For those who regard the coming-of-age films of the 1980s as some of the greatest ever created, you'll be thrilled to hear that Feige is keen to channel some of that for "Homecoming."
"Spider-Man will be a 'John Hughes' movie," Feige told SlashFilm last summer.
"Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" – these are but a few of the classics that the late American director and writer John Hughes gifted the world of cinema. His legacy of mixing films with humor, drama and heartfelt moments is something that's still replicated by filmmakers today.
"His films taught Hollywood that well-made, smart, funny, poignant, dramatic entertainment that doesn’t condescend to young people is worth making, for both artistic and commercial reasons," wrote biographer Susannah Gora.
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