Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” released an official trailer this morning, showing off a few more clips from the film and highlighting everyone’s favorite web-slinger. The film won’t hit theaters until July, but the new trailer should hold over most Spider-Man fans for a few more weeks. This will be Sony’s latest installment to the popular franchise, after letting Marvel “borrow” the character for “Captain America: Civil War”. In the deal Marvel got to use Spidey in the Cinematic Universe, and Sony will get to use Iron Man and a few other characters from “The Avengers” in this new film.
Marvel fans will recognize Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland), who made his debut in “Captain America: Civil War” fighting on Tony Stark’s side against the other Avengers. Parker is just now beginning to navigate his newfound identity, and is coming off his big battle against Captain America’s team. The story picks up after Parker has returned home from the battle, and is once again living with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Sony teases the film stating, “Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.”
This new Spider-Man film was directed by Jon Watts, and produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. If you are wondering if that’s a lot of screenwriters for one film, it definitely is. The story is based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Joining Tom Holland in the cast are Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
Under Sony Pictures, Spider-Man has had a checkered past. The Tobey Maguire trilogy was all over the map at the box-office. Maguire’s first “Spider-Man” film, which released back in 2002, brought in over $403M domestically for the studio and was a gigantic success for the studio. Sony then released “Spider-Man 2,” but that only made $373M. The downward trend continued with “Spider-Man 3,” which only made $336M domestically. With the domestic-take getting smaller and smaller, Sony rebooted the franchise in 2012 with “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield. Unfortunately that wasn’t the magic answer, the film only made $262M domestically at the box-office. Sony gave it one last shot with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” in 2014, but the trend continued and the film only grossed $202M domestically. Sony finally wised up and loaned Spider-Man to Marvel for “Captain America: Civil War,” which grossed over $408M domestically, and over $1B globally. Tom Holland will get to work with Marvel again in the deal, with his Spider-Man character set to appear in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War”.
So here we are, going into the sixth Spider-Man film in the franchise with the third actor to play Peter Parker. Marvel setup the best Spider-Man they could for Sony, and we are all hoping for the best standalone Spider-Man film to date. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.