Even with the bizarre news of a new Venom movie, disconnected from the Spider-Man universe; Spider-Man: Homecoming represents the ultimate compromise between Marvel Studios and Sony: with the latter still owning the character and the former allowing him to appear in their connected universe.
Some were a bit put off over how much Iron Man was showcased in the previous trailer for the film, but one has to be reminded just how much of an incredible headache it must have been, coupled with mountains of paperwork, to even just have the two characters appear in a film together.
Yesterday was CinemaCon, where footage from all of the upcoming films of the year are showcased to the press and theater owners, so that they might make a more informed decision on what they decide to book for their theaters. Now, the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is available for everyone to watch.
The trailer starts off familiar enough to the last one, featuring Peter’s new relationship with Tony Stark and some high school hijinx with his Ganke-wannabe friend Ned Leeds. But shortly after that the trailer takes a turn towards a more familiar Spider-Man tale thats bound to excite fans of the character and his comic book origins.
With the release of the last trailer, I speculated that it seemed like Marvel and Sony were working their way toward tells the story contained in Amazing Spider-Man #1, with the Avengers acting as a stand-in for the Fantastic Four. In that comic, Spider-Man does everything his can to join the team to the point that he actually does battle with them. It paints him as a menace in the eyes of New Yorkers and turns the hero community on him, essentially making him a one-man fighting force.
The plot beats seem similar here, Peter recklessly engages in a fight in a citizen-rich scenario, the Staten Island Ferry, and is told off by Iron Man for butting in where he’s not needed. Tony Stark has his own responsibilities too and decides to take Peter’s suit away, effectively neutering the Spider-Man “threat.” But that’s not enough for Peter, who wants to do good and prove to Tony and the Avengers that he’s worth of joining the team (queue a number of likely disastrous scenarios for the character).
The other excellent, if a bit too spoilery, revelation of the trailer are a ton of new details about Michael Keaton’s Vulture. It seems that after he and his team of robbers gets busted by Spider-Man, they decide to model themselves after Tony Stark and elect to upgrade their weaponry, no doubt helped by The Tinkerer. This positions Adrian Toomes, the Vulture, as another Iron Man wannabe, just like Peter, with his own twisted family code of responsibility, as he stresses in the trailer. He also asserts to Spider-Man that “I know you know what I’m talking about.” Does he know about Uncle Ben?
Finally, the trailer closes on another huge aerial fight on top of a crashing plane, with only Spider-Man, in a hand-crafted spider-suit, to try and land the thing successfully. If there’s one element of this trailer, other than the overwhelming number of spoilers, that I’m not thrilled about its seeing the series return to high-stakes blockbuster action scenarios, especially returning to another plane-crash, which has become kind of a superhero go-to (see Superman Returns, Iron Man 3, and Amazing Spider-Man 2). Still, the sequence looks thrilling and extreme-height battle scenarios are the kind of thing one expects in a Spider-Man/Vulture battle.
The last thing I’ll say about this new trailer is that it showcases what I think is a wonderful amount of responsibility. That even the Vulture espouses his own version of Spider-Man’s famous credo means that the film is likely to revolve around this theme. For any Spider-Man film that’s laying the groundwork for the character, that’s a good sign. Peter here seems like a genuine do-gooder, even if he’s not always successful, and a brief image of him and Aunt May embracing speaks volumes.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017. What do you think of the new trailer?