If you would look back to May of this year when Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War” exploded into theaters worldwide, you’re sure to recall the appearance of a particular superhero in the big centerpiece melee. His even being there was a masterstroke deal between Disney-Marvel and Sony Pictures who originally held the rights to make movies of him, and have done so five times wherein he was portrayed by Tobey Maguire, and then by Andrew Garfield. It’s none other than the web-swinging wall-crawling friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and when he debuted in the Marvel Cinemati Universe he was played by young Tom Holland. But “Civil War” was Cap’s movie, and now the web-head was ready to star in an MCU solo.
Leave it to Comic Book Resources for the scoop on that solo film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which has completed enough of its production to finally start releasing movie trailers. Note that I said trailers, because there were actually two versions that came out. The primary trailer was featured in “Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!” while an international version went online. And according to producer and MCU prime mover Kevin Feige, the trailers have enough different scenes and dialogue samples that it’s very much an encouragement to Marvel fans to try and see both.
The projected plot of “Homecoming” will be of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s further adventures after helping his benefactor Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Civil War”. He returns to his high school routine, goes through the ups and downs of that period in one’s life, all the while trying to sneak in some costume time to fight street crime. One scene in the trailer has Spidey taking on a robbery gang wearing Avengers facemasks for their disguise, and lots of quipping ensues from that. But the focus is primarily on his little crisis of identity after a taste of hero versus hero. Co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll sums it, “He literally just went to Europe with the coolest clique of them all. And now he’s back with the academic decathlon and the mathletes and going, ‘What am I doing here?’”
A couple major complications on both sides of Peter’s life pop up to test his mettle: the impending Homecoming dance and the emergence of two super-criminals with deadly tech aid, from a punk with shockwave gauntlets and a mad scientist wearing a wicked-looking winged jetpack.
Starring Holland as Peter/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as his Aunt May, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Zendaya as Michelle, Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony/Iron Man, Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is, well, coming to cinemas July 7, 2017.
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