Third time’s the charm, right?
For this list, we’re taking a look at interesting facts regarding Spidey’s first standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
#10 – The Black Suit Appeared in the “Homecoming” Comic
The Symbiote costume – also known as The Black Suit – played a key role in one of the most popular “Spider-Man” storylines ever. Bringing out Peter Parker’s dark side, the suit made its debut in the “Secret Wars” crossover, but was introduced into Spider-Man’s own comic with “The Amazing Spider-Man #252,” titled “Homecoming.” Aside from the web-slinger, the 1984 issue also featured Iron Man – albeit, Rhodey rather than Tony Stark – and Captain America, who are set to appear in this 2017 film. Given all of the similarities, could actor Tom Holland don the black suit in the foreseeable future? If so, let’s hope that emo haircuts, dance sequences, and Topher Graces are not involved.
#9 – Peter Parker is Actually a Teenager This Time
While Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield turned in memorable performances as Spider-Man, it was hard to believe either of them were teenagers. That’s largely because both were in their mid-twenties upon landing the role. Tom Holland, on the other hand, was only nineteen when he was cast, making him the youngest actor to play Spidey on the big screen. Director Jon Watts has confirmed that Peter Parker will be roughly fifteen years old in this film, bringing the character back to his high school roots. So Peter’s old enough to fight in a Civil War, but is still too young to drink, vote, or drive without adult supervision… makes sense.
#8 – It’s Not an Origin Story
While 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” wasn’t poorly received per se, many took issue with the fact that film seemed a bit too familiar. From Peter Parker’s transformation into Spider-Man to Uncle Ben’s death, we had already seen a lot of this in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, we won’t have to sit through the same old backstory for the third time. In “Captain America: Civil War,” Peter had already been Spider-Man for a little while, meaning that pesky origin story is already out of the way. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will be given the freedom to skip over some familiar beats, allowing our hero to spin a more original web.
#7 – There Are Nods to Various Spider Suits
Upon joining Team Iron Man, Spider-Man got a serious upgrade in the costume department. The web-slinger’s suit will see a few more technological advances in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” His outfit comes complete with an assortment of gadgets, including a sophisticated A.I. system reminiscent of J.A.R.V.I.S. The spider suit here has a great deal in common with the tech-heavy Iron Spider armor, which Tony Stark developed for Peter Parker in the comics. In addition to this cutting-edge suit, we’ll also see Peter don a homemade costume, which looks a lot like Ben Reilly’s Scarlet Spider. Of course at the end of the day, it’s not the suit that really matters. It’s the hero underneath the mask.
#6 – Damage Control Will Be Introduced to the MCU
Between giving his home address to the Mandarin and creating Ultron, it sometimes feels like Tony Stark causes more problems than he solves. So it makes sense that he’s finally initiating Damage Control. In the comics, this company was created to help clean up the messes that superheroes and villains leave behind. Damage Control will serve a similar purpose in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” repairing the destruction left from the Battle of New York, which would explain why the weapons used in the “Homecoming” trailer look like Chitauri tech. “Damage Control” will remain a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as a TV series has long been in the works.
#5 – Michael Keaton Goes from DC to Marvel
Michael Keaton’s history in the superhero genre has been interesting to say the least. Seemingly everyone was against him playing the Caped Crusader in 1989. But, he proved the haters wrong with his layered performance as Batman. Keaton’s career hit all new heights in 2014 with his Oscar-nominated work in “Birdman”, wherein he played a veteran actor that can’t escape a superhero he played years earlier… Now in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Keaton will trade in one set of wings for another as the Vulture. It’s a truly fascinating evolution, as an actor goes from Batman, to Birdman, to Vulture… Man?
#4 – There Are Parallels to “Ultimate Spider-Man”
The “Ultimate Spider-Man” comic series offered a fresh take on the iconic web-head for a new generation, and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has a similar aim in mind. Both incarnations follow a teenage Peter Parker as he cracks jokes, crosses paths with other superheroes, and takes down street thugs. The “Ultimate” universe is also where also fan favorite Miles Morales debuted as the wall-crawler. Morales would appeared in the “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon voiced by Donald Glover, and in 2016, it was announced that Glover was cast in “Homecoming,” leading many to believe that he’d be playing Morales once again. This doesn’t seem likely for a number of reasons, but regardless, “Ultimate Spider-Man” has left its mark.
#3 – Tom Holland Went Undercover at a High School
While previous “Spider-Man” films essentially glanced over the teenage experience, this interpretation will be like a superhero movie with a hint of John Hughes. Unlike Peter Parker, though, Tom Holland grew up in London and had to dress in formal attire for school. So to help his leading man get into character, director Jon Watts instructed Holland to go undercover as a student at The Bronx High School of Science. Putting on an accent and assuming an alias, Holland reportedly blended into the crowd. In the same vein as Peter, he managed to tackle high school while also maintaining his secret identity, proving Holland was ready to become Spider-Man.
#2 – Sony Originally Wanted a Spidey Cinematic Universe
Before this reboot was green-lit, Sony had plans for a cinematic universe revolving around Spider-Man. “The Amazing Spider-Man” was to act as a launching point, paving the way for multiple sequels starring Andrew Garfield, a “Sinister Six” spinoff, and more. After “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” fell short at the box office, however, Sony realized that it might be time for Peter Parker to join the winning team. While Spidey finally has permission to play with the Avengers, Sony still has a few side projects of their own in development, most notably a standalone Venom movie with Tom Hardy as its star. Hopefully that Aunt May movie was just a rumor, though.
Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Vincent D’Onofrio Wanted to Make a Cameo
- J.K. Simmons is Going from Marvel to DC
- The Cast Prepared with a John Hughes Movie Marathon
#1 –It’s a Marvel Movie Distributed by Sony
Spider-Man’s journey to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a long, complicated one. Although Sony held the film rights to the character, Marvel Studios and Disney were determined to get Spidey onboard. In 2015, the companies finally came to an agreement to share the film rights, permitting the wall-crawler to get a standalone movie in the MCU. Even then, however, fans weren’t entirely sure what this meant. It was eventually clarified that Sony would distribute “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” but it would be a Marvel Studios picture at heart – making it a literal homecoming for your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.
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