The character of Spiderman has been rebooted by Marvel studios after it got the rights from Sony to use him in the MCU. The new Spiderman is played by famous actor Tom Holland. The movie is based on “Spiderman Homecoming” storyline, the comic was launched in the 1990’s and the idea was to re-invent Spiderman character which totally aligns with the present vision of Sony Pictures. The title is apt as it’s a coming-of-age High-school drama and he is actually coming back to his home – MCU. He was introduced into the MCU when he was brought in by Tony Stark to be part of his team against Team Cap in Civil War. The movie picked up the pieces of Civil War and showed how Peter Parker struggled to return to his normal high-school life.
Spiderman: Homecoming succeeded in revitalizing Spiderman franchise and brought alive Peter Parker we all love so much. It’s a breezy, fun, colorful ride with fast-paced action and stunning visual effects, in some ways, this is the kind of Spiderman we have been waiting for. It is not entirely flawless but is a great addition to cinema dedicated to the beloved web-slinger. Critics are saying that it seamlessly blends into the big MCU and that’s where the problem lies.
In the movie, we see a flashback featuring Adrian Toomes and his construction crew cleaning up the wreckage caused by the Battle of New York when Avengers were called in to fight against Loki and his Chitauri army. But Dept. of Damage Control with Stark Enterprises took the project way from him as they supposedly wield more influence with the government. Then there is a time jump of 8 years. The general MCU timeline is Homecoming is supposed to be around 2016 in accordance with Civil War events. But the plot hole is that “The Avengers” is supposed to be in 2012, so “eight years after” puts it at 2020 which throws the current day premise out of the window. It should actually be four years later to ensure the timeline of the current crop of Marvel movies is intact.
But anyways, the great actor Michael Keaton played the role of classic Spiderman villain – Vulture (first big villain Spiderman faced in Homecoming comics). His suit was built from the remains of Chitauri (a race of extra-terrestrial shape-shifters) technology from the battle of New York that gave him the ability to fly at increased strength. He employs the help of a villain called “The Tinkerer” to make the suit, in comics he is known to be a man with a penchant to make spectacular mechanical devices. In the end, Spiderman managed to defeat him and put him behind bars.
The movie has drawn heavily from the classic era works of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, for instance, Spiderman’s costume and web-wings on display bear distinct influence of the 1960’s comics. The director Jon Watts clarified in an interview with EW that it’s not an accident. He said:
“We’ve seen the Marvel Universe from the very dramatic penthouse perspective of Tony Stark; now we see what it looks like on the ground through the eyes of a 15-year-old.”
The movie also had Robert Downey Jr. a.k.a Tony Stark. He played a mentor to Peter Parker who is still learning what it means to be a superhero. He gifted Peter the new upgraded suit that Stark Industries had been working on for quite some time. It was loaded with amazing features such as stealth metallic armor, mechanical web-shooters with spider light, spider trackers, spidey wings, quick change button, Spider Tracer etc. It’s sometimes also called as Iron Spider suit. The Peter Parker’s friend Ned Leeds (who is likely to become Hobgoblin in the future) helped Peter to tap into this new upgraded suit and figure out how to use its advanced features.
Iron Man was not the only Avenger that was featured in Spiderman: Homecoming. At Parker’s high school, students are shown a video about Captain America Fitness Challenge which prompted Ned Leeds to ask Peter if he knows Captain America, he replied: “I stole his shield”.
The director Jon Watts had this to say on Cap’s appearance:
“When I was thinking of what would a Marvel universe high school look like, I was like, their version would be the Captain America fitness challenge. So it started with that, then we just started joking around about like, what if he did more videos? As soon as that door opened up, I just couldn’t stop brainstorming more and more things. Then I made a very… I think you see it for like a split second in the movie, but we made a whole detailed DVD case of like, ‘Rappin’ with Cap’ or ‘Rappin’ With the Captain’ and it was just messages from Captain America to the youth of today as if somehow the government had Captain America make all these PSAs for kids. And we shot so many more than are even in the movie. They’ll be on the Blu-ray.”
Recently, the writers of Captain America: Civil War Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked a question in an interview with IGN – Why didn’t Iron Man reach out to Daredevil in Civil war when he is also part of the shared Marvel universe?
Christopher Markus replied –
“I think he has been keeping tabs on the world and he knows about this one kid. In some ways there’s a motivation, having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available, and Tony’s desperate!”
According to Christopher, Iron Man wanted to redeem himself after we saw a mother came to him post-MIT speech and blamed him for her son’s death at Sokovia during Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Stephen McFeely believes there is another reason, he said –
“He probably sees some of himself in this kid. Remember, when you meet this kid, he’s clearly a budding scientist, but doesn’t have the resources that Tony Stark does.”
According to him, both Tony Stark and Peter Parker are science geniuses so that makes them compatible with each other. In fact, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark are on good terms for the same reason.
But none of the above reasons can be relevant for Daredevil. He is too dark for Tony anyways.
After Homecoming movie exceeded the expectations of critics and became yet another massive blockbuster, the talks of a sequel began with producer Amy Pascal revealing the timeline of the next Spiderman movie. She said:
“What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.”
Well, the Marvel president Kevin Feige had confirmed that Spiderman will be returning for Avengers 4 which was’nt a huge surprise as Spiderman franchise is now intimately linked to MCU. Since, it’s now established that Spiderman sequel will begin after few minutes of Avengers 4, fans should look out for potential easter-eggs in Infinity war movies.
Amy Pascal in an interview with Fandom further clarified that there is no crossover between Spiderman and Marvel heroes, but they exist in the same reality. She said:
“First, there is Spider-Man happily in the place where he’s supposed to be which is in the Marvel Universe. I think everything comes from that. This is the signpost, the tentpole, the signature and…the other movies that Sony’s going to make, in their relationship to this (MCU) Spider-Man, take place in this new world. Although you’re not going to see them in the Marvel Universe, it’s in the same reality.”
The Spiderman Homecoming sequel is expected sometime in 2020.
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