Trailer: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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After his (third re)introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, it’s time for Spider-Man to branch out.

Since Spidey is now part of the MCU, which is under the Disney umbrella, and since the Disney-ABC Television Group is a thing, it only makes sense that the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming drops on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I mean, it’s worked for several other trailers … like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, among others. Anyway, without further ado …

Right off the bat, I like Tom Holland’s portrayal of Peter Parker/Spider-Man a little more. He’s just nerdy enough but not too Raimi-era Spider-Man nerdy, and being a part of a bigger world helps get him out of the Webb/Garfield-era Spider-Man.

So, this first trailer presents Spider-Man in action busting up an ATM robbery, Peter and his friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) awkwardly staring at a female classmate, and getting some tips from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), among other bits – and underscored by MGMT’s “Time To Pretend” – very high school-y. We also get a first look at The Vulture (a.k.a. Adrian Toomes, played coincidentally by Birdman star Michael Keaton). And the money shot, of course, is Iron Man and Spider-Man flying through New York City after the film logo.

The international trailer, which Kevin Feige mentioned in a USA Today interview, has a more dramatic Marvel tone, leaves off after Peter’s airport fight in Civil War, and features a little more – namely Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker using school buses to fight Spidey. On top of that, the domestic trailer featured a split second of Donald Glover’s still unnamed character and Michael Chernus’ Phineas Mason a.k.a. Tinkerer, who looks to be providing the weaponry for the villains (Vulture, Shocker, and any others who may come along).

All that being said, I’m looking forward to seeing how well the assembled cast and crew can pull this off … and if they need to show Uncle Ben’s death yet again. Let’s hope that the third time’s the charm for the Spider-Man franchise!

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. Jon Watts directs off of a script from Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley with some additional material from Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, and Watts himself. The cast also includes the returning Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) and Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), along with Tony Revolori, Logan Marshall-Green, Zendaya, Hannibal Buress (Coach Wilson), Kenneth Choi (Principal Morita), Tyne Daly, Michael Mando, and Abraham Attah, among others.