Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The first two trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming arrived late last night and they’re wonderful, somehow managing to make another Spider-Man movie look appealing so soon after The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then again, the debut of Tom Holland’s new webslinger in Captain America: Civil War was a perfect palate cleanser, depicting a version of the character audiences actually wanted to see while finally integrating him into Marvel Studios’ increasingly large universe.
And where there’s a new trailer, there’s a new trailer breakdown, where we go through the footage frame-by-frame and attempt to discern exactly what’s going on here. Most of this Spider-Man Homecoming trailer breakdown follows the domestic trailer, but we’ll also borrow a few snippets from the international trailer.
Some of the early rumors concerning the plot of Spider-Man: Homecoming suggested that the villains of the film would be criminals making use of Chitauri technology scavenged after the Battle of New York in The Avengers. This certainly looks to be the case, as the trailer opens with a team of petty thieves using some pretty advanced weaponry to rip off a line of ATMs.
The most refreshing aspect of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was that he was a total smartass, a wisecracking kid gifted with great power (and a great responsibility for being as annoying as he is good at punching things). It’s fun to see a group of criminals wearing Avengers masks as they go about their business, but it’s more fun to see Spidey being a total showboat as he enters the scene.
It’s worth noting that these plastic masks look less like the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more like the characters as drawn in their original ’60s comic book incarnations. The Hulk and Thor masks in particular look like they were borrowed straight from Jack Kirby’s classic designs.
“Wait a minute! You guys aren’t the real Avengers!” Spidey’s annoying joke game is on point in this trailer and every dumb wisecrack is made better by the slight muffle of his mask and his Tony Stark-designed eyes being able to adjust, which subtly helps sell the delivery.
Our first shot from the international trailer: Meet Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes, who has some words for his crew: “The world’s changing boys. It’s time we changed, too.” Is it possible that Tomes, who eventually becomes the villain known as Vulture, is one of the four thieves seen busting into those ATMs at the start of the trailer? After all, this character is a petty thief in his original comic book incarnation and getting humiliated by Spider-Man would probably instill him with a thirst for revenge.
We’ll get to the girl on the ladder in a moment. We’re here to note the banner on the wall, advertising the upcoming Homecoming Dance. There is something charming about a new superhero movie borrowing its title from a potentially awkward high school social event, especially since it’s sandwiched in-between movies with subtitles like Civil War and Ragnarok. Peter Parker’s priorities are a little different than those of most superheroes.
The fellow on the left is Ned Leeds, played by Jacob Batalon, Peter Parker’s classmate and buddy. I enjoy how unashamedly dorky they both book – it’s refreshing after the brooding, hip Peter Parker of the Amazing Spider-Man movies to see this character return to his position on the bottom rung of the social ladder.
Meet Liz Allan, played by Laura Harrier, the love interest of Spider-Man: Homecoming…or at least the girl Peter Parker has a crush on. Liz has a long history with Spider-Man comics, first appearing in earliest issues and continuing to play a supporting role for years to come. Naturally, Peter eventually fell for a redhead named Mary Jane Watson instead of the Cool Girl.
Speaking of Mary Jane Watson…is that who Zendaya is playing in this movie? All of the official statements claim she is playing a new character named Michelle, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from working overtime, claiming that she is secretly taking on the iconic comic book love interest. In any case, Zendaya’s character couldn’t look more different than the immaculately put-together Liz Allan.
“There’s a little gray area in there and that’s where you operate.” We knew Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark was going to play a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and while it’s still not clear if this is a full-on supporting role or a glorified cameo, it’s nice to see that their ever-so-slightly abusive mentor/mentee relationship established in Civil War looks to continue here. Tony is quick with the gadgetry assist, not so quick with the actual, you know, helpful advice on superhero-ing.
It’s aiming for the cheap seats, the but that hug/door-opening gag is a pretty good Tony Stark joke, made all the better by Tom Holland’s totally naive reaction to it all.