It’s finally happened.
The internet broke nerds and nerds broke the internet.
That’s right, the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming hit the internet tonight and it’s already trending everywhere. You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic fan not excited about the trailer.
And what are we excited about?
Well, first take a look at the trailer.
NOW we can talk about it!
SPIDER-MAN BEING SPIDER-MAN
Spider-Man is absolutely Spider-Man and we see that from the very beginning, taking on some petty thieves ripping off ATM’s. The fight here is so perfectly a Spidey sort of fight, with ole Webhead using his Spider-sense to be a half second ahead of them, fueling his agility and allowing him to dodge every punch, whether he’s on the ground or hanging from the ceiling.
And, of course, there’s his trademark wit and bravado which we immediately see and hear. He’s just coolly standing off to the side, watching these guys make fools of themselves before offering up a very sarcastic, “Wait a minute. You guys aren’t the real Avengers. I can tell. Hulk gives it away.”
Which is very true, because the guy in the Hulk mask is pretty scrawny.
And though he starts off fighting petty crooks then slowly making his way up to bigger and badder supervillains, all of whom are outfitted with super suits and super weapons, Spider-Man has to adjust. Tony Stark tells him he’s not ready, to “forget the flying monster guy, there are people who handle this sort of thing.”
Chances are good that Stark is right — he’s not ready yet. But the biggest power that Spider-Man has isn’t his spider powers — it’s his heart and his capacity to never give up doing what he feels is the right thing to do. With all of that said, we present to you, this moment, where at great pain and danger to himself, he keeps the Staten Island Ferry together.
This moment is sure to be a big one in the film, one that stands to prove both how dangerous their villain is and how far Spider-Man is willing to go to stop him and save lives. That is sure to get Stark’s attention.
PETER PARKER BEING PETER PARKER
Just as good as seeing Spider-Man be Spider-Man is seeing Peter Parker (Tom Holland) be Peter Parker. Ironically, that’s where Spider-Man really comes to life. It’s in seeing the real life headaches of this teenage boy who just wants to fit in that we raise the stakes for Spider-Man when he’s fighting anyone.
And we immediately see Peter’s struggle here — all he wants is to be the cool kid and be accepted. Now, as Spider-Man, he could be the king, but he has to keep it secret to keep himself, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and all his friends safe.
In fact, we see him in class watching how awesome he was at the German airport when he brought down Giant Man in Captain America: Civil War, once more proving just how much he can’t tell anyone. Of course, he gets in trouble and called out by his teacher.
Also, take a look at the wall of scientists behind the teacher. Look to the far right if your schemers. Yup — that’s Dr. Bruce David Banner, a.k.a The Hulk.
NED LEEDS, LIZ ALLEN AND MICHELE
One of the best things about what makes Peter Parker who he is are the friends he surrounds himself with — the supporting cast, as it were.
Pretty immediately, we meet his BFF, Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalan), as they both stare at Liz Allen (Laura Harrier) as she walks through the school. This is quickly followed by Michele (Zendaya) calling them losers, all of which so perfectly incapsulates what it’s like to be in high school.
Then there’s the moment between Peter sneaking into his room only to be caught, maskless, by his friend Ned as he’s putting together a LEGO Death Star. It’s unclear if they are roommates in a dorm, if Parker was breaking into Ned’s room for something or if Ned was waiting for his friend in his room. But none of that is important in this scene. What’s important is that Ned has discovered his best friend’s secret — Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
He tries to dodge the question, but as Ned whimpers, “you were on the ceiling.”
This is a great moment and 100% out of the comics, similar to the relationship Miles Morales has with his BFF, Ganke. This will no doubt ruffle some feathers for people who are anxious to one day see Miles on the big screen. They may feel seeing this relationship played out in this film will equal it not happening in a Miles Morales film, but only time will tell. For now, it’s a great moment.
The glimpse we get of him is brief, but his presence is felt all over this trailer. For instance, before we’ve ever seen The Tinkerer, we’ve felt his presence. At the beginning of the trailer when we see the petty crooks using some pretty sophisticated tech, we’re fairly certain that’s from The Tinkerer. Either he’s supplying weapons and tools at a price or he’s trying to build an army for himself and outfit them with his gadgets.
Either way, there’s no way these stooges made this super high tech laser cutter on their own and we’re certain that finding this tech will put Spider-Man on the case, so to speak.
But where is The Tinkerer (Michael Chernus)? We saw him briefly (we think), shooting off a laser gun. The trailer is very certain to paint The Vulture (Michael Keaton) as the bad guy, but we also know that The Tinkerer is behind the tech that makes him The Vulture. Our guess — either Vulture makes a deal with the Tinkerer for the two of them to work together or Tinkerer, in a way, is their leader, sending Vulture after Spider-Man to get him out of the way once and for all.
ALSO, who’s that standing with The Tinkerer?
IT’S DONALD GLOVER!
But who is he here? Our best guess is that he’s playing one of the two Prowlers, either Hobie Brown or Aaron Davis. Why do we think this?
A couple reasons. For one, The Prowler is a tech genius who builds his own suit for assault, stealth and defense. He does this in spite of being looked down upon. It appears as if he has some sort of mentor/mentee relationship with The Tinkerer that could work nicely as a foil for what Parker and Stark have. In other words, it makes sense that Prowler would work with Tinkerer
But, even more than that, Aaron Davis is uncle to Miles Morales and this could be a very cool and very easy way to start drawing the lines for that story, which we know Marvel and Sony are already planning. It’s Davis that steals the radioactive spider from Oscorp that bites Miles and gives him his powers. Seeing Prowler learn from The Tinkerer and then go on to build his own suit in a future film could be a great way for Sony to build their own Spider-Man cinematic universe.
TONY STARK MENTORING PETER PARKER
Perhaps one of the most telling moments of what we can expect from this film is what comes next — Parker in the car with Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr). It’s clear that Stark has a soft spot for the kid, and it’s clear that Parker believes he’s got what it rages to join The Avengers, which is exactly what he wants to do. In fact, we see him later in Avengers Tower as Tony is escorting him out, telling him to back off the Vulture.
But Stark assures him he’s not ready before then fake hugging him and kicking him out of the car. This seems to be setting up a big piece of the puzzle for Peter Parker — he needs to join The Avengers because he longs so much to have a father figure in his life. He sees this in Tony even though Tony most likely does not, at least not until the end. In this way, doing well enough to impress Tony and be invited into The Avengers is tantamount to impressing his father, or Uncle Ben.
To further prove that concept, we hear Stark saying to Parker, “Look, I know school sucks. I know you wanna save the world. BUT, you’re not ready yet.”
And it’s this that will get Peter Parker in trouble later because all he wants is the chance to prove himself to Tony Stark. He even says so in the trailer when he’s talking to Ned Leeds — “I’m sick of him treating me like a kid all the time! This is my chance to prove myself.”
And then he jumps over a helicopter with police aiming sniper rifles at him while on a field trip to the Washington Monument and you just know it won’t end well.
The Vulture, as played by Michael Keaton. His real name is Adrian Toomes. And he’s every bit as menacing as they’ve all promised. And by menacing, we mean it looks like he’s willing to decimate an entire Staten Island Ferry with all the screaming, terrified people inside. He’s a truly vicious enemy.
And his suit looks awesome. And practical. And scary.
Honestly, one of the greatest tricks this trailer pulls is in actually making the Vulture a scary and destructive villain. In his first appearance he was just a jewel thief, but now, in this trailer, we see him holding the entire city hostage. He’s even got the attention of the Avengers.
THAT SHOT AT THE END
Just, how perfectly composed is that shot. It’s straight out of a comic book, right?
But, here’s what’s cool about it. We get to see Iron Man and Spider-Man fighting.
We sort of saw that in Civil War, but this is very different.
What will make this special is that you just know this comes in the Third Act after Peter has spent the entire movie trying to get Stark’s attention, to impress him, to be invited to join The Avengers. He just wants to get him to see him, to notice him and secure his validation.
Ultimately, at least from this trailer, Parker wants a father figure in his life and in this one shot you see, at least for a brief moment, he gets that help and support he so badly wants.
In some ways, it’s kind of a bittersweet shot — but way more sweet than bitter.
And that’s the end of the trailer.
Wait. Did we say trailer? We meant trailers, because there are two — a Domestic trailer and an International one. While they are very similar, there are a few differences between them.
Perhaps the most notable difference is the appearance of Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz, a.k.a. The Shocker, a brilliant inventor who created gauntlets for himself that emit electric bolts and concussive vibrations. In the trailer, he’s not wearing his trademark costume, but we do see him with a gauntlet of some sort that he uses to push a school bus.
It’s unclear when in the film that comes, though since we only see the one gauntlet, our guess is that this is earlier in the film before he and Vulture have really started working with The Tinkerer.
For us, perhaps the most telling difference is hearing Michael Keaton say, “World’s changing boys. Time we change too.”
This is immediately followed by that shot of The Vulture crashing through the ceiling into what appears to be a nice hotel or office building. We’d definitely say he changed.
So why do we say this is the most telling difference — because of the implications of what he’s saying. Basically, they live in a world where Spider-Man, a superhero with super powers, is able to stop them at every turn.
We saw that in the first moments of the trailer when Spidey stopped those Avengers-bank robbers. So what we are seeing here with that line is the genesis of the Vulture and his cabal.
As Jon Watts said in USA Today, “It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too.”
LIZ ALLEN IN THE ELEVATOR SHAFT
We know we said top ten, but we just can’t help ourselves — so here’s eleven.
Towards the end of the international trailer, we see Liz Allen screaming as she falls down an elevator shaft while holding on to one of Spider-Man’s webs. Though it appears that she’s saved by Spider-Man, who braces himself against the elevator doors, this does immediately call back to Green Goblin throwing Gwen Stacy off the bridge and Spider-Man killing her by accidentally snapping her neck.
We’re fairly certain she survives this fall; we point it out because it could be setting a dangerous example for Spider-Man in the future. He was able to save Liz Allen this way, so it should always work, right?
One word Spidey, “Snap.”
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