It’s been about 2 days since I sat in the lobby of my school and watched the new Spider-Man Homecoming trailer, and I’ve seen it about six times now. And for context, I was sitting there squealing, and my classmates were watching me.
So let’s dive in!
Right off the bat, seeing Peter discover new things his suit, and shouting “Cool!” is so charming and, to me, at least, quintessentially Spider-Man. It’s compelling, dorky, and adorable. And honestly, I’ve used those three words to describe Tom Holland as Spider-Man quite a few times. He’s young enough (and looks it) to pass as a New York City high schooler, and, as far as I’ve seen, has the chops to bring my favorite character back to the screen for a third time in my objectively short lifetime, and I hope his talents includes sticking power.
The whole of the trailer could be described as charming as well, from seeing Peter struggle to change in a New York alleyway to he and Ned whispering about Captain America in gym class. Friends for Peter is something I’ve felt missing in the past few Spider-Man movies. He only ever really has two friends, and they’ve been an almost-girlfriend, MJ or Gwen, or Harry Osborn, who, by now, we know is at some point going to turn to the dark side. Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, seems like a good friend, a fellow dork, someone to geek out about Star Wars (see Peter’s LEGO Death Star) and suffer through the hallways of Midtown Science with Peter. Also, seeing Ned in the Spider-suit just filled me with a wonderful feeling. Michelle, played by Zendaya, is seen for only a moment, making me question how big of a role she plays, and the insane amount of hate Marvel let her endure before announcing that she wasn’t playing Mary Jane Watson. But that’s another topic for another time…
The lack of a recognizable love interest is very interesting to me, as many superhero stories, not just Spider-Man, tend to rely on the recognizable. But this time, instead of a MJ or Gwen, or even a Felicia or Carlie, we have Liz Allen, a little known and little remembered “minor love interest of both Peter and Flash Thompson.” (According to her Wiki page.) The use of Liz, and Ned, for that matter opens a very interesting door into the corners of the Marvel universe that I hope they explore (but let’s be real, they won’t.)
Most exciting, in my opinion, and this is my opinion, was our first glimpse of Michael Keaton as the Vulture! I love Michael, and seeing him return to the realm of superhero movies (sorry Birdman, you don’t really count) delights me! I’m also so glad they chose the Vulture, rather than a more recognizable Spider-Man villain like the Green Goblin or Doc Ock. I’m so excited to see more of the Vulture in the trailers to come, and I’m pretty sure we were even given a sneak peek of Electro in this one!
Overall, this has heightened my already considerable excitement for Spider-Man: Homecoming, from the friends to the villains, and I’m so so so ready for this movie to come out! July 5th come faster!