Friday, December 9, 2016

Trailer Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Trailer #1)

The wait is over! Debuting on Jimmy Kimmel Live this past night, the first trailer for Marvel Studios' highly anticipated film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, has finally dropped. Your resident Spider-Man expert is here to give you his impressions on the trailer and basically nerd out over this wonderful trailer.

You can watch the trailer below.

As a bit of background, Spider-Man was my hero growing up. I adored the Sam Raimi films, the original Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/John Romita Sr. comics were the bread and butter of my comic background, and I made a point of immersing myself in as much Spider-Man media as I could. With that being said, my initial impressions are that this trailer feels like a perfect amalgamation of a lot of the best renditions of Spider-Man over the years. The set-up reminds me instantly of the short-lived animated show, The Spectacular Spider-Man, featuring a Spidey already past the origin, but still fresh to the superhero game. Meanwhile, the movie also seems to not only be taking the rapport between Spidey's friends from Spectacular, but I see a lot of the comics in this. Readers of the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man comics will remember Miles' friend, Ganke, the dopey but lovable lug who I see a lot of in the best friend character in this.

But enough of my nerd talk, what about the trailer itself? I loved it. Interviews about the movie had the people behind the film talk about John Hughes as a point of reference for the film, and that really held true. I really see the genius behind casting Tom Holland as Peter. He's basically just Anthony Michael Hall (star of such John Hughes movies as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science) but with spider powers. The rest of the cast looks great. We didn't see much of Zendaya's character so I'll save my judgement on her until I see more, but Robert Downey Jr. looks great as usual as Tony Stark, and Michael Keaton looks to be playing a pretty menacing Vulture, another treat for longtime Spidey fans.

The story material offers what I thought would be the natural direction to take the Spider-Man story in. The idea of Stark believing that Peter isn't ready to be a superhero and Peter having to prove himself seems like a perfect story for the Spider-Man character, one that's always been about identity. It makes me excited to see how the relationship between the two would continue to develop. I was worried that Stark would end up just being a quick cameo, but it seems like his presence will really be key to Peter's overall arc. Overall, this trailer gets me nothing but pumped to finally see the web-head hit the screen again.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017.

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