The new Spider-Man reboot will be very different from its predecessors, according to writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. In an interview with Grantland’s Andy Greenwal, the duo teased several details about the upcoming movie’s plot, confirming that fans shouldn’t expect just another retelling of the hero’s origin story.
The movie is still in the “extremely early” stages, but it’s slowly starting to take shape. As expected, the film will focus on a young Peter Parker (played by British actor Tom Holland) who is struggling to figure out how to deal with his abilities, while also facing plenty of high school issues. This time around though, audiences won’t be seeing the all-too-familiar story of how Peter got his powers.
“I think that everybody feels like we know he got bit by a spider and know that Uncle Ben died and we probably don’t need to revisit that,” Goldstein told Grantland’s Andy Greenwal.
Instead, Spider-Man: Homecoming will focus on capturing Peter as a real high school student, who is struggling equally with navigating his teenage life and his superhero identity. “We want to explore that. Just because you get superpowers doesn’t make you into a sophisticated, successful adult,” Goldstein stated. “He’s still a kid and he’s clumsy and he’s a geek and he’s a bit of an outcast and in many ways the superpowers amplify that and exacerbate his trying to fit in.”
This new emphasis on Peter’s high school experience — and not just his superhero one — is what made finding a younger star like Holland so important. “It’ll be a fun departure from the Peter Parker that you’ve seen where now, he is truly a kid,” Daley explained. “And I think the stakes are increased in that his struggle through high school is very real and isn’t just a sort of side note. It matters now.”
The high school-oriented focus fits in with previous talk that the upcoming reboot will boast a John Hughes-like tone. Hughes directed ’80s teenage-themed classics like Ferris Bueller and The Breakfast Club that are known for being both emotionally heartfelt and filled with comedic moments. As Marvel head Kevin Feige suggested in the past, Spider-Man: Homecoming will look to mimic that same feel.
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” Feige said in an interview earlier this summer. “Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
Holland also recently expanded on the film’s theme. “It really is a homecoming for the character, because throughout the story Peter [Parker] is trying to find his true identity, and where he really belongs in this world,” he said at CinemaCon, according to CinemaBlend.
Daley and Goldstein’s revelations make it clear that this new Spider-Man film won’t be anything like the ones we’ve seen over the last decade. Whether their film will be successful in giving the franchise the much-needed refresher ir needs remains to be seen.
As for Holland, he made his debut as Peter Parker in this year’s Captain America: Civil War and earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Case in point: some have gone on to call his performance as Spider-Man the best they’ve ever seen. Hopefully, he can continue that winning streak in his first solo adventure.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.