‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Breakdown: 10 Amazing Moments
Spider-Man: Homecoming marks the first feature-length collaborative effort between Marvel Studios and Sony, following the deal they struck to share Spider-Man between their two outfits. Building on Tom Holland’s brief appearance as the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War, we finally get a chance to see what happens when the iconic character is back in the creative control of his original creators at Marvel. So what did the first two trailers show us exactly? Here’s the full rundown.
1. This will be a classic wisecracking Spidey
The trailer opens on a bank robbery in progress, perpetrated by a crew donning plastic superhero Halloween masks. Behind them, we see Spider-Man casually leaning against a wall, aptly pointing out, “You’re not the real Avengers! Hulk gives it away.” It’s a scene that serves a couple purposes. First, it’s just damn entertaining seeing a superhero movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously (looking at you, DC). Second, it shows a clear commitment to capturing the spirit of the original comics, by focusing on Spider-Man’s ability to retain his sense of humor despite the numerous tragedies that occur throughout his early life.
2. We’re going back to high school
His unusual set of abilities isn’t all that sets Spider-Man apart from his Marvel contemporaries. Unlike the decidedly more adult Avengers, Peter Parker is still very much a teenager who’s trying to navigate the ins and outs of high school while balancing his life as a superhero. It’s part of what makes him such a compelling hero.
While Thor is off in Asgard, Spider-Man is still trying to learn how to talk to girls, make friends, and keep his grades up. It’s not an easy balance to strike, and it’s a huge facet of his character development both in the comics and the films.
3. Tony Stark will appear fresh off of Civil War
It’s not overtly stated where in the Marvel timeline Spider-Man: Homecoming is set, but based on the evidence we have in hand, we have a pretty good idea of where we’re jumping into the story. The initial hint comes to us in the form of Tony Stark, who we last saw recruiting Peter Parker to help him in his fight against Team Cap in Captain America: Civil War. The two clearly recognize each other in the trailer, which puts the events of Homecoming sometime after that film.
The most telling clue though is in the above frame, where we see Tony still sporting the injuries from his climactic brawl with Captain America. Behind his tinted glasses, we can see a pretty sizable black eye, as well as an unhealed gash above his right temple. That means Homecoming isn’t just set in the distant post-Civil War future; it’s set directly after, if Tony Stark’s fresh injuries are any indication.
4. Stark launches a new company
In Marvel’s comics, Tony Stark co-founds a company known as Damage Control, designed to clean up after destructive battles between superheroes and villains. It arrives in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at a crucial juncture, while the world is still reeling from the fallout of the Sokovia Accords. More than that, it continues to hint at a larger role for Iron Man.
Sony finally has access to the MCU, and you can bet they’ll be taking full advantage in their latest Spider-Man reboot.
5. Iron Man isn’t the only Avenger to make an appearance
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers may be fresh off of their Civil War conflict, but that doesn’t mean Captain America isn’t still a pervasive part of the Marvel world’s culture. Above, we see him appearing in a fitness challenge PSA, shown in the gym of Peter Parker’s high school. And even while Rogers continues to be on the run following the events of Civil War, it’s interesting to see his image still being used.
6. Michael Keaton as Vulture
If there’s one thing that Spider-Man films have done well, it’s featuring a variety of villains, giving us everyone from the Green Goblin to the Lizard. Homecoming will feature a Spidey villain we’ve never seen in movies before, bringing in Michael Keaton to play Vulture. He’s not exactly the most compelling comic book baddie, but with a world-class actor like Keaton on board, that shouldn’t matter too much.
That aside, he looks pretty damn sinister in the trailer, straight up telling our hero that he’ll “kill you, and everybody you love.”
7. More on Vulture’s origin
Tony Stark’s role in Spider-Man: Homecoming won’t simply be as set dressing. Our main villain, Vulture, appears to scavenge parts of past Iron Man suits to construct his own fearsome super-suit (hence the name), while citing Stark as the catalyst for his own evil-doing.
The end result is a flying suit with enough firepower to split an entire cruise liner in half, as well as a variety of other destructive gadgets wielded by his henchmen.
8. Spider-Man’s made a few upgrades to his suit
When Tom Holland’s Spider-Man first appeared in Civil War, he arrived wearing a suit that harkened back to the character’s early days in the comics. We’ll be getting another nod to the original Spidey in Homecoming, in the form of web-wings that allow him to glide. The wings first showed up in Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s first iteration of Spider-Man in 1962, and will finally make their film debut with Homecoming.
That’s not the only new gadget Spider-Man will get, proving that it helps having Tony Stark in your corner. The second trailer shows Peter Parker making use of a spider-drone, one of what’s sure to be a collection of shiny new toys gifted out by Stark Industries.
9. Spider-Man’s strength on display
Anyone who can go toe-to-toe with Captain America and live to the tell the tale is apt to have some considerable abilities. Above, we see Spidey holding a damn ship together, using nothing but his webs and raw strength. It brings back memories of a similar scene in Sam Raimi’s second Spider-Man movie, where Peter Parker stops a speeding train in a similar way. More than that, this is a scene that establishes just how strong our hero is, putting massive power in the hands of a pubescent high schooler.
10. Dire consequences for Peter Parker
The second trailer released by Sony dives more into the story arc of Homecoming, giving us a good idea of how things will play out. It looks as though Peter gets in over his head, and against the advice of Tony Stark, attempts to take on Vulture by himself. After an incident where a ship gets torn in half, Stark demands that Parker hand over the super-suit gifted out in Civil War.
It’s a classic “hero hits his lowest point” moment, teasing at heartbreak on the horizon for our titular web-slinger.
11. Iron Man gets in on the action
Because this is Spider-Man’s first full-length entry in the MCU, it’s important to establish him within the greater context of an enormous world of heroes and villains. That’s where Iron Man comes in, acting as a reluctant (and often overprotective) mentor to young Peter Parker. And given that Vulture sports a cybernetic flying suit of his own (built out of scavenged Stark Industries parts), it only makes sense for Iron Man to step in for an assist at some point along the way.
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