Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trailer Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Trailer #3)

Hey, gang! The newest trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is here. Check it out below. I'll just be over here humming the theme song from the Spider-Man cartoon show. As covered by the Ramones!

So, Spidey's got his own version of Jarvis, now? I guess that's what you get when you let Tony Stark design your costume, but that just begs the question of where Stark hid all the tech necessary to make Spider-Jarvis possible on a costume that's mostly spandex. Ah well.

Following the events of Civil War, Peter Parker is still serving as Tony Stark's "intern", and apparently being sadly underutilized. This one looks like it's going to pack in plenty of YA tropes about coming of age and showing grown-ups what you can really do, along with plenty of the over-the-top action and snappy one-liners we've come to expect from the Disney/Marvel universe.

No Marvel hater, I, but after nine years and what feels like about a thousand movies, I have to admit to a certain level of Marvel fatigue that will probably keep me from rushing out to see this one on release. That, and I'm still a little salty about Andrew Garfield getting shown the door, but mostly the fatigue thing. I noticed a bunch of stuff in this trailer that the spider-movies have done before. The wisecracks are as much a part of the character as the web shooters, but there's also a glimpse of Peter's humble home life. The pressures of high school. The reminders that Spider-Man's just a kid, who likes doing kid stuff when he's not superheroing. Tony Stark actually uses the phrase "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man". And we see that we'll get another sequence of Spider-Tom using his webs and super-spider-super-strength to keep Thing A and Thing B together like Spider-Toby and Spider-Andy before him, in what will no doubt be a large and dramatic set piece.

This movie looks like it's going to try very hard to bring the senses-shattering excitement that made Marvel famous, but I can't shake the feeling that I've seen it already, in bits and pieces over Sony's five attempts to do the web-slinger justice. Maybe I'll watch it on Netflix one day and see how wrong I was. In the meantime, while the legions of Marvel fans flock to this newest chapter in MCU (truly a world without end), I'll take my pleasures elsewhere.

Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives on July 7.

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