Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer Breakdown

Casting Tom Holland

Tom Holland was cast as Peter Parker for Civil War before Jon Watts was on board to direct Spider-Man: Homecoming.

On the casting of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, producer Amy Pascal said “From the very beginning, the idea was to cast somebody who was a kid who had that kid sensibility who you felt had the weight of the world on him and only a kid could feel like a kid. You know? No matter what. And that’s what we wanted. We wanted to get that feeling this time.”

Tom Holland was in the middle of filming other movies when he auditioned. At first, his agents told him they didn’t know what movie or role he was trying out for. He recorded two self-takes with co-stars Joel Kinnaman and Jon Beranthal, and then did another self-take on his own: “It was funny because my agents at one point were like, we don’t know who you’re auditioning for. I was like, ‘But my lines are for Spider-Man – so who else could I possibly be auditioning for?’ They were like ‘We don’t know.’ So I sort of clocked on then that it was for Spider-Man, but they were so sort of made-up scenes. Nothing from the movie.”

He was asked to come to Atlanta to screen test with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans: “That for me was a good enough of an experience as itself – I didn’t need to get the movie. I was so happy to have just got that far and to have worked with Robert and Chris; I was happy to just sort of go home. But when this job came in, I’ve never been happier. It was the craziest day of my life; it was insane. And we were waiting around for what felt like months before I found out.”

To prepare for the role, Marvel sent Tom Holland to a school in the Bronx for three days under a fake name with a fake accent. It turned out to be a vital experience:

“Marvel actually sent me to a school in the Bronx where I had a fake name, and I put on an accent, and I went for like three days. I basically had to go to this science school and blend in with all the kids, and some of the teachers didn’t even know. It was a science school, and I am in no way a science student. Some of the teachers would call me up in front of the class and try to get me to do science equations and stuff – it was so embarrassing. But it was actually really informative because schools in London are so different. I would go to school every day in a suit and tie, with just boys. To be in a school where you can be free and let loose, and be with girls, it was so different. Like SO different. But yeah, it was a really great experience. Nobody knew. I actually have videos on my phone of me interviewing people, and asking them what they thought of the new Spider-Man in Civil War. They were like, Oh he’s great, I love him, and then some people were like, Nah, I don’t love him, he’s not great – and I was standing right in front of them! It was really fun.”

In addition to high school training, Holland also prepared for a month before filming to pull off his stunts.

Director Jon Watts gave the young cast a list of movies to watch, which he called a “coming of age film festival.” They got together at Holland’s house one day and had a marathon viewing party and ordered Dominos Pizza. The list of movies included The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Freaks and Geeks and more.

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Fun References

There is a Ferris Bueller-inspired chase scene with Peter Parker trying to catch the Vulture’s goons through a suburban neighborhood, going through backyards and encountering obstacles such as dogs.

Peter Parker has the Imperial March score from Star Wars as his phone ringtone, a reference to his appearance in Civil War (where a key plot point involved a reference to The Empire Strikes Back).

The Staten Island Ferry set features a couple of cool Easter eggs, including advertisement posters for the Battle of New York Memorial Museum and Stark Expo 2018 in Flushing Meadows (scheduled Oct 17-27, 2017).

In the High School, Howard Stark is featured in a mural alongside Galileo and Einstein.

The sets for the Department of Damage Control will be filled with MCU Easter eggs.

Daredevil, Luke Cage and the other NYC Marvel Netflix characters are not referenced.

Sony has not told Marvel that anything is off the table. They have creatively not put any limitations on the movie. Marvel comes up with their ideas and pitches them to Sony for approval.

On the set of Toomes’ warehouse headquarters, we saw a crayon drawing on Toomes refrigerator by his kid of Iron Man and The Hulk fighting a Chitauri during the Battle of New York.

The secret working title for the production was  “The Summer Of George,” a reference to an episode of Seinfeld where Jason Alexander’s George Costanza declares it will be the Summer of George. Co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll told us that they “pick code names that make us giggle” and that the title came about because they were watching Seinfeld reruns as they were planning the film’s production: “And when we had to pick a code name for this, Summer of George was one [suggestion] that made us all laugh the hardest. Our email addresses are Episode 1456.com.” He even admits that for a while they were trying to get Jason Alexander for a cameo, but it didn’t happen.

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Action Scenes

The Washington Monument action sequence involves Parker’s high school track team becoming trapped in the monument with a potentially unstable object that Parker gave to Ned for safekeeping. The elevator is broken, forcing Peter to scale the monument to help save them.

Another tentpole action sequence takes place on the Staten Island Ferry. Parker learns something is going down on the boat and decides to take care of it himself with his enhanced tech suit. As you can see in the trailer, things don’t go as planned and the ship is torn in half, forcing Iron Man to step in and help. The three-story Staten Island Ferry was recreated on the backlot on a hydraulics system that allowed the ship to split in half. Water tanks in the back dumped many gallons of water on the set. They got the plans from the real ferry and recreated it from those specs.

(Possible light spoilers follow.)

Near the end of the film, Peter is forced to leave the Homecoming dance to have a confrontation with Shocker and his crew at the bus yard outside of school, as seen in the trailers. Another major action sequence revolves around Spider-Man’s attempt to stop Vulture’s Damage Control plane heist.

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The Future of Spider-Man

Amy Pascal spoke about the future of Spider-Man in the MCU:

“I think we found the right formula and I think everybody is going to want the right thing to continue. And I think that there’s a, as I said, there’s a surprisingly generous and cooperative thing, and if it works for everybody, then it’s going to work for everybody. The thing is, and I always felt this way, if you worry about the movie and you worry about the story, all the politics take care of themselves. They just do. Because when the movies work, there’s enough for more than everybody. It’s when you start making the other stuff first that you start to get in trouble. […] Nothing precludes anything. The sky is open right now. And I think that you know, if we can keep this goodwill going, I think it’s going to be good for the fans and good for the journalists and the nerds and good for the companies.”

Amy also explained why Marvel Studios is not involved in the animated Spider-Man movie: “They just weren’t part of it. It was something we were doing with Chris and Phil Miller, and it’s a very different kind of take on it? It’s another realm. ”

Tom Holland says that he would love to kick the crap out of Venom one day. It’s a shame that film won’t take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Right now, the plan is to have the inevitable sequel take place in his junior year and a third movie of the trilogy to take place during his senior year of school.

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Production

We visited the Spider-man: Homecoming set as they were filming at Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the same location where they filmed Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. To give you some perspective, we visited on August 22, 2016, just a couple weeks after Suicide Squad opened in theaters. It was day 46 of a planned 74 days of production. In addition to Atlanta, they shot ten days in New York City and a few days overseas with a splinter unit for the Berlin montage.

The day we were in town, they were filming outside of the Studios at a warehouse in an area called Atlanta’s West End. The West End is a series of abandoned warehouses that are used almost exclusively for filming these days.

We were on set while they were shooting scene 137.  The Vulture is sitting on a work desk, talking to someone off camera. Keaton reacts to a bunch of things that will be added later with CG. He says something and then gets a blast of air blown on him and picks up a walkie-talkie and calls for help. Tom shows up wearing the old Spider-Man suit. We were not allowed to hear the dialogue from video village, apparently due to spoiler content, so we really don’t know what happened during the scene, but we were told it’s the first time Parker and Toomes meet in person.

And one finale note: the candy dish at craft services is filled with fake plastic spiders.

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