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Thursday, December 8, 2016

How About That Trailer? - Spider-Man: Homecoming


Trailer season continues with another big reveal: the first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming. This upcoming solo Spider-Man adventure is in the tricky position of being both a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony's latest attempt to reboot the character. Luckily these strange times have already got off to a good start thanks to Tom Holland's well-received introduction in Captain America: Civil War. Given what is seen in this trailer, it basically means audiences can hope to get more of what they liked.

One of the bigger takeaways is how high-spirited and fun this movie looks. With a younger hero as the lead, Homecoming looks to be shooting for a younger audience, which is appropriate and ideally means the film will have a bit less brooding for a change. Honestly, the coming-of-age stuff looks more engaging than the super heroics. Holland works well as this high school version of Peter Parker and it will be nice to have the movie not lose focus on that aspect.


Cop Car director Jon Watts made an impression with his previous film, so hopefully his stamp is more apparent than some of the other directors that have jumped onto these Superhero films. Given that producer Avi Arad has been my least favorite Spider-Man villain over the years, this film can use all the help and talent it can get. Given the supporting roles, including Robert Downey Jr. as a wise-cracking mentor/superhero and Michael Keaton as the Vulture, it shouldn't be hard to expect something entertaining and worthwhile.

By the way, speaking of Keaton, given the impressive rogue's gallery Spider-Man has, it would be nice to see someone as great as Keaton manage to pull off being one of the more memorable villains in the MCU, given their weakness in this area. Ideally we avoid big blue beams being shot into the sky and simply get some cool showdowns that match up to the fun that comes with seeing a younger Peter Parker negotiate his responsibilities.

Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters July 7, 2017.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


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