A new trailer for the Spider-Man movie is here., along with more of the Vulture, more of Tony Stark, and almost all of the story spoiled.
The second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered last night at this year’s CinemaCon and was released online today. Whereas the first domestic trailer for Sony and Marvel Studios’ much anticipated (and dreaded) second reboot of the web-slinger focused on Peter Parker as a teenager and his struggles balancing his day-to-day life, this new trailer places more emphasis on him as an up-and-coming superhero. It also pretty much gives away the entire plot of the movie.
I’m serious. If you watch this second trailer along with the first, and use a little deductive reasoning, you will have all but figured out everything that happens in Spider-Man: Homecoming. You would think that whoever edited these trailers together would’ve stopped to think, “Hold on, we’ve revealed far too much here. We actually do want people to see this movie in theaters, right?” Because somebody should tell the executives at Sony and Marvel that, if they really want people spending $10 to $14 watching a two-hour film, perhaps they shouldn’t be putting out two-and-a-half minutes worth of clips that summarizes the movie for free.
But of course, our curiosity is bound to get the better of us, and some of us have already seen the new trailer in question. For those haven’t, here’s your chance to look at it if you wish, but forewarning, there are SPOILERS aplenty.
So what exactly are we to make of this trailer? Well, just like I did with the first, we’ll be going over the moments from the trailer which stood out the most, and what we’re to make of these scenes. And the first thing which sticks out is…Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
More Stark Spider-Man Tech
We already know from Captain America: Civil War that this cinematic version of the classic Spider-Man costume was gift to Peter from Tony Stark. Also, from the first trailer, we see has some niffy features, including the ability to tighten itself over Peter with a press of a button just like Marty McFly’s self-tying Nikes from Back to the Future Part II. This trailer gives us an even better look at how that suit function works as Tom Holland’s Peter struggles changing into it while in an alleyway. Later, we see that the spider-emblem can become a miniaturized aerial drone, and that Spidey’s arsenal includes “web bombs,” i.e. timed projectiles which “explode” webbing on unsuspecting bad guys. Clearly, the idea is that this Spider-Man, just like in the current comics, is more gadget-dependent that previous cinematic incarnations. Which, of course, clearly ties into Peter’s apparent character arc throughout the movie.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
“Cant you just be a Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?”
Although this Spider-Man movie isn’t another “origin story,” it might as well be thanks to that one line from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Because obviously where this movie is going is that Peter learns how it’s just as important for him being a more “down-to-earth” superhero than a would-be Avenger. It also gives Tony’s other line, “Stay close to the ground” even greater context. Clearly, he’s trying to tell Peter he’s not ready for the big-leagues yet.
The “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” line is also superimposed over a montage of Spider-Man swinging his way through a literal neighborhood, where he cannonballs into a backyard swimming pool, getting everybody soaking wet, before going off his merry way. And Spidey’s was obviously added in with CGI during this scene, as no one reacts towards him crashing into their pool until after they’re doused. And as you can see in the above screen-cap, where Spidey lands and skips isn’t near where the splash begins. Plus that splash looks far too large. Why it’s almost as if the special effect team tossed some other large object into the pool, then digitally removed said object and replaced it with a digitally-inserted Spidey during post.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Guest-Starring The First Avenger
As if you needed any more reminders that Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we get this great bit of Parker’s Gym class showing off Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers in “Captain America’s Fitness Challenge.” Which, in a world populated by superheroes, is totally something high schools would show off to students, cheesy production values and all. Though it’s funny how Peter’s school would still be showing this “educational video” considering Steve’s how Captain America: Civil War made him into an international fugitive. That’d be like a school in the real world showing the O.J. Simpson Minimum Maintenance Fitness For Men workout tape. Oh, and nice product placement there, Sony.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Michelle’s Acting Too Cool For This School
So Zenday’s “Michelle,” whether she’s this films version of M.J. or not, is clearly a sardonic intellectual in the tradition of Daria Morgendorffer. How we know this? Because she’s reading W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage when she’s supposed to be paying attention during gym. That or she’s overhearing Peter tell not-Ganke, a.k.a. Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), about how he stole Captain America’s shield. In any event, this character is clearly being established as the brainy plain-Jane whom everyone, including Peter, overlooks in favor of the more popular beauty queen. Thus, in true John Hughes fashion, she’ll more than likely be the girl Peter really ends up with by the end of the film.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Ned Leeds: Now With 100% More Ganke
Here we see how this scene not only further shows off the form-fitting features of Peter’s costume, but that this film isn’t above making a fat joke. To be fair, it isn’t a mean-spirited fat joke; it just showshow cool Ned thinks Peter being Spider-Man is, and symbolizes how Spidey is “one of us.” That Ned also keeps pestering Peter with questions like “Can you summon an army of spiders?” and helps Peter make gadgets during shop class also serves showing how much their bond of friendship grows over the film. Also, Holland and Batalon play off each other well in this trailer. Though this will definitely only fuel the complains about how Peter and Ned’s friendship is way too much like Miles Morales and Ganke Lee’s from Ultimate Spider-Man.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Tony Stark, Founder of Damage Control
For those of you who aren’t up on their comic book lore, Damage Control is a construction company which specializes in cleaning up after superhero battles. That Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have a hand in its creation makes total sense given his journey over the course of the movies. Also, as we learned from the USA Today article about the Vulture, it’s what fuels Adrian Toomes’ (Michael Keaton) animosity towards Tony. Because the unintended consequence of Tony’s latest investment threatens putting Toomes’ own salvaging company out of business. Hence his recruitment of The Tinker (Michael Chernus), Herman Shultz (Bookem Woodbine), and perhaps whoever Donald Glover is playing into his cause of selling black-market arms made from recycled Hydra and Chitauri tech. Because the best way to save your company is…create more business for your competition, I guess?Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Have to admit, Michael Keaton is really delivering the goods when he appears in this trailer. And we get our first decent look at him in costume sans wings and flight mask. And you can see why the USA Today article describes Keaton’s Toomes as a “blue-collar” super villain just from the above image alone. That the scene’s shot in a dimly-lit shop with an hoisted engine block in the background, and how the collar of Toomes’ aviator leather jacket looks ratty, and more than likely stained with engine oil. Not to mention his speech to Spider-Man about how “the rich and powerful…don’t care about guys like us.” If anything, Keaton Vulture will do a fantastic job showing how he and Holland’s Peter are not-so-different, as the best Spider-Man villains usually are.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Deus Ex Iron Machina
Remember that fantastic shot from the first trailer where Spider-Man uses his webbing to try holding the Staten Island Ferry together after the Vulture blasts it apart? Remember how it made you think, “Oh my gosh, how Spidey’s gonna get out of this one?” Well, now we know that help comes in the form of Tony Stark in his brand new, Ultimate Comics inspired Mark-whatever the heck Roman Numeral this is Iron Man armor. Thanks whoever cut this trailer together for ruining a major action set-pieces of your own movie before it even comes out! But if you think this gives away too much, wait until the next scene.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Give me back my clothes, punk!
Not to toot my own horn, but I knew something like this would happen in this film. That Peter would make such as huge mistake that Tony, as punishment, forces him to give the Spider-Man suit back. It’s basic second act stuff where the hero is at their lowest point, and, in the context of Homecoming, is an excuse for Peter getting back into his “original” homemade costume and thus “prove himself.” Especially with this dialogue exchange:
PETER: I was just trying to be like you.
TONY: I wanted you to be better. I’m going to need the suit back.
PETER: But I’m nothing without this suit!
TONY: If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it!
In fairness, it’s a decently acted scene between Holland and Downey Jr., showing just how much Tony has evolved and matured as a character. Not to mention these lines are direct call-backs to the first Avengers movie and Iron Man 3 in terms of Tony himself discovering he’s more than just his high-tech suit, too. But at the same time, I just want to scream at Holland’s Peter, “What do you mean you’re nothing without the suit?! You have the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider! You blocked the Winter Soldier’s punch with your bare hand!” I understand this in terms of the film’s potential story, but it still rings false for me.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Something a kid from Queens could actually make
As for Peter’s homemade Spider-Man costume, we only saw glimpses of it during Civil War, so this trailer is our first real good look at it in action on film. And I must say I’m very impressed. It not only maintains the color scheme of the classic suit, but also it’s design aesthetic. That Peter wears a sleeveless hoodie evokes Ben Reilly’s Scarlet Spider costume, while the goggled mask looks inspired by Spider-Man: Noir. As far as proto-Spider-Man costumes go, this is the best one the movies have come up with. The only thing I’m not crazy for are the fingerless gloves, but I guess Peter couldn’t find thinner fabric which would still allow him to cling to walls.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
How to Age Up “Hot” May…With Specs
Guess Sony and Marvel took a lot of those ridiculous complaints about Marissa Tomei being too young and beautiful to play Peter’s doting Aunt May. So it looks like director Jon Watts told Tomei to put on some granny glasses to make her seem less attractive looking—which, based off this, has proven an impossible task. But for those of you still complaining that Tomei is “too hot” to play Aunt May—and you know exactly who you are—you can at least feel contented in the fact that she’s giving Peter the same kind of motherly advice we’ve come to expect from the likes of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field. Happy now?Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Peter and Liz K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
Looks like Peter takes Liz Allen (Laura Harrier) to the school Homecoming Dance and gets lucky on the dance floor. Better savor the moment, shippers, because ten will get you twenty that the “Good ‘ol Parker Luck” will kick in. Because you know that just as thing will start going well between Peter and Liz, he’ll be forced to leave the dance early because of Spider-Man stuff. Which means she’ll get so mad at Peter for ditching her that she’ll wind up going out with Tony Revolori’s Flash Thompson by the end of the film. Because just like with Zendaya’ Michelle, Peter not getting the girl he wanted would be fit right into the John Hughes-inspired high school romantic drama Watts is going after with this movie. And besides, Zendaya has a higher billing that Harrier does, so that right there should be enough of clue.Credit: Columbia Pictures/Sony and Marvel Studios; from Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Spider-Man and the Vulture’s Final Showdown
For me, this is the best shot from the trailer. It’s also clearly from the film’s climatic battle, which also includes and aerial fight between Spidey and Vulture on a plane that’s about to crash. Which could have its start at the school bus yard where Spidey fight Bookem Woodbine’s Shocker, leading Spider-Man towards Toomes’ salvage yard. Also, considering how Peter is without his mask during this scene, the odds of Toomes will dying by the movie’s end–just like other villains have in past Spider-Man movies–has gone up considerably. Unless he winds up like Sandman from Spider-Man 3, Curt Connors from The Amazing Spider-Man, or Harry Osborn from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
What do I think about this latest trailer overall? It certainly looks great, fun, and exciting in terms of cinematography and action, and the acting looks very good all around. At the same, there’s just something about this trailer which feels generic. Compared to the ones for Logan, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and even the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s nothing here which makes the movie look all that unique. Except for a lot of Tony Stark. Which, as I mentioned yesterday, I believe does more harm than good as far as promoting this as a Spider-Man movie. That and, as I said at the beginning, gives far too much of the movie away. Which, as trailer, makes it less effective than the first. At least there’s some footage left from the movie we still haven’t seen yet. Still, I’d be nice that these film studios would better practice the adage “less is more.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters nationwide July 7, 2017.