More details about the highly anticipated new film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ are starting to come available….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
All photos by Andrew Park
As excited as everybody might be for the upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ sequel or the ‘Doctor Strange’ movie due out this November, the most highly anticipated film on the Marvel Studios plate right now might just be ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
For the first time since Marvel revamped and relaunched their own studio eight years ago, Spider-Man has been one of the major properties that remained untouched due to creative rights belonging to Sony.
Now Sony and Marvel are sharing the character and working together on the upcoming release ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, which takes the webslinger back to high school with a brand new actor — Tom Holland — portraying Peter Parker and his famous alter ego.
The first footage of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ was revealed at San Diego Comic Con last week as director Jon Watts unveiled a brief look at the movie that is currently shooting in Atlanta.
The only real shots shown during the two minute teaser set to the music of “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett with Peter Parker interacting with his fellow classmates while secretly preparing for his night job as the newest superhero stopping crime on the streets of New York.
What was abundantly clear is that Spider-Man is no longer a college student or even a teenager on the verge of graduating high school.
In this version for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, Peter Parker is a 15-year old kid just entering his sophomore year of high school and that will play a major part in how the movie plays out and the interactions he has during the film.
“It’s a high school movie. It’s a straight up high school movie,” Watts said about ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. “It’s about a 15-year old kid, I always describe it, this is the ground level of the Marvel Universe.
“We know what it’s like to be a billionaire, playboy inventor. We know what it’s like to be an alien god from another dimension. We know what it’s like to go to the astral plane. We’re also going to learn what it’s like to have just finished going through puberty and be in 10th grade.”
There have been rumors that the idea behind the new Spider-Man universe as Marvel partners up with Sony to revamp the character on the big screen is that each film will be another year of high school for Peter Parker.
So we already know ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ will take place in his 10th grade year of school and the sequel might be him as a junior and then the trilogy would be Peter as a senior. Of course those are still just rumors for now, but it certainly seems like Watts and the powers-that-be at Marvel are trying to keep Spider-Man grounded as a youngster rather than rushing him off to college.
In addition to the brief footage shown for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, the first look at the villain for the upcoming movie was revealed as The Vulture made his first appearance on screen.
Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton will portray Adrian Toomes, better known as the winged menace The Vulture from Spider-Man comics dating back to 1963. It appears this version of The Vulture will have a much more updated costume and weaponry from the original character from the comics, but it will be interesting to see how he gets wrapped up in Spider-Man’s world in the new film.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Marvel finally handling Spider-Man for the first time and if his brief appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ was any indication, the solo film should be phenomenal.
Unfortunately, we won’t see much more of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ until the film is released on July 7, 2017 — but there’s always a chance we get a first trailer with the release of ‘Doctor Strange’ in November or possibly alongside ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ in December considering both properties are owned and operated by Disney.