Volume 5, Issue 51!
“Spidey Comes Home!”
At long last, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is here, and it is glorious! It’s got seemingly everything I’ve been waiting for in a Spider-Man movie: quips, solid Peter Parker moments, a badass Vulture (played by Michael Keaton no less), and numerous references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It almost feels too good to be true.
What makes Homecoming’s trailer work so well is that it does a great job of clearly explaining that this version of Spider-Man exists within the same world as Captain America, Iron Man, and the other Avengers. Aside from the obvious references like the bank robbers wearing Avengers masks and of course, Robert Downey Jr. appearing as Tony Stark, there’s a few really fun small references peppered in as well. The bank robbers look to be using Chitauri tech to break into a bank, the Vulture’s wing suit is similar to Falcon’s, and my personal favorite, there’s a picture of Bruce Banner in Peter’s science classroom on the wall with other famous scientists.
It’s these little nods to the larger universe around him that makes the trailer so exciting for a life long Spider-Man like myself. As much as Spider-Man is a part of New York City, he’s also a major part of the Marvel universe. Numerous times in classic Spidey stories he’d be swinging by the Baxter Building or Avengers Mansion and reference a larger battle or event happening during his adventure. It was one of the things that tied Spidey to the Marvel U, even when he wasn’t a part of any major storylines or events. Now that can continue into the movies, strengthening the connection to the larger MCU as a whole.
Not only that, but Homecoming looks to make The Vulture, a character that some might roll their eyes at, into a bonafide threat. Casting Michael Keaton is an excellent choice, and that’s not just because he’s played a flying character before in Birdman and technically as Batman. Keaton’s a highly underrated actor, and the few moments he has in the trailer are pretty damn awesome. Plus the design for Adrian Toomes’ big screen debut is really great. They even found a way to do his feather collar!
Homecoming’s trailer is light on plot, but what we can gather is that Peter Parker wants to impress Tony Stark and the Avengers, so he decides to go after The Vulture, even though he lacks the experience to do so. This is a great homage to Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3, where Spidey goes after the Hulk to impress The Avengers, but is completely outmatched. This is a great story idea that fits perfectly with not only Spidey’s place in the MCU, but also with Tom Holland’s version of the character, who’s much younger than Andrew Garfield’s portrayal.
So yeah, I’m pretty excited for Homecoming. I mean, I was excited before, but now I’m actively trying to construct a Vulture costume (or at least get the jacket). There’s a lot of awesome stuff coming our way in 2017, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Star Wars: Episode 8, but right now, all I can think about is Spidey, Spidey, Spidey!