When the new SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING logo flashed on the screen during Marvel’s presentation in Comic-Con’s Hall H, the crowd went bonkers. A presentation of the new Sony/Marvel Studios collaboration was a pleasant surprise for fanboys and fangirls considering we thought the only thing on the menu for the day was Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
“Hey everyone,” said Tom Holland in his familiar Spidey voice as he walked out on the stage with Homecoming director Jon Watts. After some back and forth banter between the two and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and moderator Chris Hardwick, they showed some footage from the movie to the rabid crowd.
As promised by Watts, the footage, set to Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” felt like a “straight-up high school movie” that channeled comedies from the early ’00s and the coming-of-age angst of a John Hughes film. After a Trapper Keeper title treatment that flashed pics of Marvel superheroes’ high school pics, we see outsider Peter Parker attempt to endure his everyday high school life. While stuck in class he relives his battle from Civil War by watching clips of him taking down Giant Man on YouTube — how it got on YouTube, I don’t know. During lunch, he gawks at girls with his bud played by Jacob Batalon (most likey Ganke from the comics) and during gym class he overhears girls play “F*ck Marry Kill” with members from the Avengers — and his ears immediately perk up when he hears Spider-Man included in the conversation. He also gets served a fair amount of snark from Zendaya’s unaffected Daria-style character. This immediately cuts to a rapid fire montage of Holland in action as Spidey: running through the hallway (during homecoming, I presume) and changing into his costume with Super-man panache, hopping from car to car on a fast-moving train, and, of course, some good ol’ fashioned wall-crawling and webslinging action. And just when you think all the excitement is over, a flying clawed figure — presumably the Vulture, who is rumored to be played by Michael Keaton — flashes on the screen before cutting to black. The crowd screams and we are left wanting more…but we’ll have to wait until July 7, 2017.
The footage hasn’t made it’s way online and probably won’t for a while (unless some rulebreaker decided to illegally film the footage), but for now, Sony and Marvel released concept art of Spider-Man taking on the Vulture, to solidify that he is the big baddie of the movie.
After showing the footage, Holland and Watts welcome the cast of Homecoming including Zendaya, Batalon as well as Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori.
By the looks and refreshing teen movie feel of the footage, Marvel is keeping things interesting with their cinematic universe by dabbling in different genres — just like they did with Ant-Man as a heist movie, Guardians of the Galaxy as a space opera, and Captain America as a war pic. From his debut as Spidey on Civil War, Holland proved that he is suited for the role. Spider-Man has always been a rambunctious and smart-ass teen in the comics and it looks like Marvel is going to honor that.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer