The trailers keep on coming this week as Tom Holland stopped by Jimmy Kimmel to debut our first look at Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming!
Plus, the International Trailer has even more footage:
Tonally, the teaser trailer mostly hits its mark. It’s light, funny, a bit generic, yes, but for all intents and purposes, looks like a kids movie that will hopefully evolve and mature as the characters age, a la Harry Potter. The trailer really pushes Tony Stark’s inclusion, which is what we wanted with Spidey joining the MCU, but at the same time, less might have been more, at least for the trailer. Listen, Iron Man has unseated Spider-Man as Marvel’s most popular character, and he’s going to put butts in seats, but there are so many great supporting characters in the Spider-Man universe that I’m hoping that Tony Stark doesn’t steal the spotlight.
We don’t get much of the villians, Vulture and Shocker, but there are a few cool shots. I’m not thrilled about Keaton’s face being covered as the Vulture, particularly given that he’s such an interesting actor to watch in terms of facial expressions, so hopefully he’s not behind a faceplate for most of the movie. In terms of the choice of villians, Marvel made the right move by going with classic, but lower-tier villians for this first intallment. What the other Spider-Man franchsies missed their mark on is leading up to the big-league villians, not starting with them. Vulture, and Shocker are a good place to start.
As for the not so great, the cinematography is pretty boring. There are moments in the trailer that look like a TV show. I’m all for a smaller-scale Spider-Man movie, but I really hope the final product look more cinematic and not so bland. New York has personality, and the film should capture that in same way other Marvel films capture other worlds and dimensions.
Spider-Man: Homecoming looks to borrow from Miles Morales’ supporting characters and setting. This isn’t a dealbreaker by any means, but given the clamor from fans for Marvel to give us the black-Latino Spider-Man, and Marvel’s insistence on Peter Parker, it is a bit frustrating to see them use those elements, especially for all of us hoping to see Miles in the MCU eventually. I completely get why they went with Peter Parker, and Marvel’s need to change things up from the previous two Spider-Man franchises, but hopefully there are still plans for Miles in the future.
All in all, there’s some good and some not so good, but it’s only the first teaser and we’re optimistic!
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters in the U.S. on July 7th, 2017!
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