by Nicholas Runyon – Staff Reporter
On May 3rd 2002, “Spider-Man” directed by Sam Raimi, owned and produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures, Staring Tobey Maguire Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, and James Franco. Swung to the big screen. Many superhero movies were made before this including “X-men” in 2000 but it wasn’t until one of the largest blockbusters of all time was released with Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” that there was a new superhero movie almost every year starting this trend of superhero movies.
Spider-Man was Rebooted in 2012 titled “The Amazing Spider-Man” Directed by Marc Webb, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Denis Leary. In 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Was released and Didn’t do as well as Sony Had expected. At a Meeting Andrew Garfield decided not to go because he was mad at Sony for many things concerning the TASM movies including false advertising etc. Sony then fired Him which also cancelled any future TASM movies.
“Following the November 2014 hacking of Sony’s computers, emails between Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal and president Doug Belgrad were released stating that Sony wanted Marvel Studios to produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man films while Sony retained “creative control, marketing and distribution”. Discussions between Sony and Marvel broke down, and Sony planned to proceed with its own slate of Spider-Man films. However, in February 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they would release a new Spider-Man film with Kevin Feige and Pascal producing. The character would first appear in an earlier Marvel Cinematic Universe film, reported to be Captain America: Civil War.
Marvel Studios would explore opportunities to integrate MCU characters into future Spider-Man films, which Sony Pictures would continue to finance, distribute, and have final creative control over. Lone Star Funds also co-financed the film with Sony, via its LSC Film Corporation deal.” Even though at the time they more than likely would not have the rights to the character in the near future, “Feige stated that Marvel had been working to add Spider-Man to the MCU since at least October 2014”.
On June 23, Marvel and Sony officially confirmed that Tom Holland would star as Spider-Man in Captain America Civil War first and then his own solo movie titled “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017 and that Jon Watts would direct the film. The Homecoming in the title is not just a reference to the High school Dance, but also a reference to the fact that after 15 years Spider-Man is coming Home to the MCU.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Co-produced by Sony Pictures, and Marvel Entertainment stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., and Marisa Tomei. Finally released its first trailer during Jimmy Kimmel Live on Dec 8, 2016, and two versions were released, the one that debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and an international version, with some different shots and dialogue. Feige thought there was enough of a difference between the two that “it would be fun for people to see both.” after the overly successful release of the first Homecoming trailer, Sony slated a sequel to the film for July 5, 2019 immediately. The release date for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is July 7, 2017
To anyone who has read the comics over the years, seeing that opening scene in the trailer with the bank robbers was an absolute perfect representation of Spidey, which hasn’t been fully been used in previous Spider-Man movies. His Humor, Personality, fighting style, everything was perfect. With such an interesting “Rogues gallery” to choose from, the main villain in this is Adrian Toomes/ the Vulture played by Michael Keaton. The Vulture was Spider-Man’s First Supervillain, first appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963). The Vulture was originally supposed to make his live action debut in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 4” that was slated to release on May 5, 2011 but was canceled and Rebooted into “The Amazing Spider-Man” for 2012.
One of the main reasons people love Spider-Man is the fact that nearly everyone relates to him, he is a kid in school, has money problems, doesn’t have the “stereotypical family”, has trouble talking to girls, etc. The great part about this trailer is that it really gives a John Hughes Vibe with kids in high school and peter is nerdy and he is trying to find himself but by the way, he is a superhero! One of the main things lacking in the previous two Spider-Man Movie Series was Peter in high school. That is such a big part of this character’s history that they never really went over before, and that’s one of the reasons everyone loves Peter Parker So much.
When they announced that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) would appear in the film, people were worried he would overshadow the fact that this was a Spider-Man movie. fortunately based on the trailer it seems like Tony will be a sort of “mentor” and will supply Peter with Upgrades throughout the movie including the iconic “Web-Wings” which until now have never made a live action appearance but is just as recognizable as the rest of the suit.