I both loved and hated Captain America: Civil War earlier this year. Loved it because the third time might be the charm with latest Spider-Man actor Tom Holland donning a familiar costume to be the latest Spider-Man and hated it because some of his lines made me feel old as f***. Still! Holland’s big screen debut was brilliant stuff, light-hearted and energetic, just the sort of momentum needed to carry him forward for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The third Spider-Man in 14 years may be the youngest yet, as this incarnation of the web-slinger is going back to school for his next adventure. Speaking to Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained how everything that had happened lately in the world of this shared superhero character with Sony, had been carefully planned every step of the way:
The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.
That being said, can Marvel envision Tom Holland’s Spider-Man staying in high school for future films, ala a certain other magical character who spawned his own series of movies while attending classes:
Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.
It’s certainly possible, as the best version of Spider-Man has always been the webhead who has to juggle homework with crime-fighting. It’s an idea that the Earth-616 version of the character grew out of, eventually hitting full time studies at his university before growing up a little bit more to face more mundane problems on the side while dealing with super-crime.
That eventually led to the birth of Ultimate Spider-Man in the early 2000s, a proper reboot where Peter Parker was sent back to school and resulted in some of the best stories to ever feature the character. But before we even get to Spider-Man year two, the first film is going to need to be a hit.
Judging by the reaction at Comic Con however, Marvel and Sony might just have that hit on their hands, especially with Michael Keaton playing a more technologically grounded version of the Vulture instead of some weird mutated version that previous films would have gone for as Feige explained:
That had been done in I think every prior Spider-Man film. Part of the fun of joining the cinematic universe, joining a world in which he now knows Tony Stark personally, has received a suit full of many things we haven’t seen yet that Stark Industries has supplied, it made sense to—cause that’s sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grounded nature is it is much more technologically based. In a world where Falcon flies around with a beautiful set of wings, it made sense that we had Vulture have technical origins.
Director Jon Watt’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sounds like the breath of fresh air that the franchise desperately needs, without having to lay painfully obvious groundwork for spin-off movies when it swings into cinemas on July 7 2017.
Last Updated: July 28, 2016