I’ve been a little anxious about the Spider-Man franchise since Sony announced that they would be rebooting it for a third time, especially since their second attempt started back in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man – a mere four years ago! How many times can you effectively re-tell a story in such a way that it would still feel fresh in the eyes of moviegoers?
My concerns were alleviated a little when news of a deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios broke – Spider-Man would finally be in the hands of producers who knew how to translate the character from his comic book origins to film. But I was still worried even after Captain America: Civil War. But the timing of the reboot comes at a critical period – again, this reboot comes just four years after the last attempt and people have been talking about superhero movie fatigue recently. And let’s not forget about the reception that the Amazing Spider-Man films received.
Well, the first teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was finally released last week and let me say that I’m feeling better about this now. Let me talk about the specifics.
- I was so glad to see Marvel Studios at the beginning of the teaser. I was worried that they’d only be involved with Spider-Man’s appearances in the other MCU films, but I’m glad to see that they’re also part of his solo films.
- I loved that scene with those bank robbers with Avengers masks. It showed a kind of wisecracking humor that I’ve never seen from Maguire’s or Garfield’s films. Tobey Maguire’s attempts at humor never felt right to me, and Andrew Garfield’s delivery felt either forced (see first confrontation with a carjacker in the first film) or insulting. Holland’s delivery has this youthful quality to it that I really like.
- I’ve seen some people react about how this Spider-Man is too young, but I like this direction. Spider-Man started off as a teen superhero and his early storylines had a “coming of age” feel to them which is something that the MCU currently does not have. Also, having a younger actor portray Spider-Man not only differentiates this new version from the previous two Spider-Man incarnations but also gives us something different from what current superhero films in general have to offer.
- Speaking of a young Spider-Man, am I glad to see a different romantic counterpart for Peter. Again, this differentiates this incarnation of Spidey over what came before, but it also mirrors what happened in the original Spider-Man comic books wherein Peter doesn’t date either Gwen Stacy or Mary Jane Watson until much later.
- No sign of Uncle Ben! I saw a lot of negative reactions about DC going through the death of the Waynes in Batman V Superman even if the film really didn’t spend a lot of time on it, so I can only imagine how people would feel if we go through another Uncle Ben death scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We don’t need to see it again – we’ve already seen it twice and as recently as 2012. However, Peter still needs that emotional moment that’s going to give him a chip on his shoulder, which leads me to my next item…
- I love how Marvel Studios is able to keep telling Tony Stark’s story outside of the Iron Man films. We can see that this version of Tony has grown further – he doesn’t want Peter to do superheroics because just a few films ago, his best friend almost died in a battle that’s not even supposed to be high stakes. And I can see Marvel using this relationship to give Peter that tragedy that shaped him to be the hero that he’s meant to be. Imagine this scenario: Iron Man dies during Infinity War in Peter’s arms. Not only does this serve as “the Uncle Ben death” for Spider-Man, but it can break off the MCU’s dependence on the Iron Man character.
- It was nice to see Peter and Tony walking around what looks like an Avengers facility. I’m not sure if this is a new facility or the Avengers base that we saw in Age of Ultron/Civil War, and I’m not really interested in the base itself. What I want to see is a little glimpse on the current state of the Avengers since we really haven’t seen what happened after Civil War. Spider-Man: Homecoming presents the best opportunity for this as both Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 won’t happen on Earth.
- I don’t know how I feel about the Vulture, both his looks and the character itself. The MCU already has a character that can fly thanks to technology in Falcon, so I’m not sure how the Vulture will be any different. Michael Keaton is a great actor but actors can only do so much depending on the material that they’re given (e.g. Mads Mikkelsen, Christopher Eccleston, Ben Kingsley). I hope the Vulture will buck Marvel’s trend of underwhelming villains.
- The teaser trailer showed too much Tony Stark for my taste. The scenes that the teaser showed all made sense and I think Tony’s presence in the film is necessary given the direction that Marvel/Sony is following, but anything more might just steal some of Spider-Man’s thunder. I hope that quick scene between Iron Man and Spider-Man is just limited to the film’s introduction; Spider-Man needs to beat whatever challenges he’s going to face in the film on his own to earn that “coming of age” ending and not have Iron Man save his ass at the end of the film.
- I didn’t like that shot near the end of the teaser that showed Spider-Man holding together what looks like two parts of a ship/yacht sliced in half. It felt like they were trying to top the train sequence in Spider-Man 2. I think one reason why the Amazing Spider-Man films failed is because the filmmakers were too focused on trying to be “better” than Raimi’s trilogy, so I hope this isn’t the case with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is a teaser trailer, so we can’t expect this to tell us whether Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good film or not. But the teaser establishes a few things about the movie without revealing too much: (1) that this movie is different enough from the previous Spider-Man films, (2) that this is truly a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and (3) that this film will still manage to give us something that the MCU hasn’t been able to give us – a coming of age superhero story. This trailer just made Spider-Man: Homecoming my most eagerly anticipated superhero film for 2017.
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