Hours ahead of the debut of Spider-Man: Homecoming's first trailer, a new article at USA Today has revealed the first official still from the movie as well as quotes from star Tom Holland, director Jon Watts, and several executives behind-the-scenes.
"[Spider-Man: Homecoming is less an action movie, and] more a character piece about this kid who's struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city," Holland said. "This is really a movie where Spider-Man’s not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes.”
USA Today goes so far as to describe it as the first movie actually about Peter Parker, saying the five previous films were more about Spider-Man.
“He literally just went to Europe with the coolest clique of them all,” said co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, referring to Captain America: Civil War. “And now he’s back with the academic decathlon and the mathletes and going, ‘What am I doing here?'"
Wednesday's brief teaser for Spider-Man: Homecoming featured the first appearance of the titular character's web-wings, and according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige it's not the last upgrade Holland's hero has received.
"[In Spider-Man: Homecoming,] you begin to see just how much Tony Stark loves bells and whistles," said Feige, who was a producer on the original Spider-Man film.
Although Robert Downey Jr. himself wasn't mentioned by name, the movie's other veteran actor, Michael Keaton (who plays Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture) was compared succinctly by Holland as being a horror movie villain.
"The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking," said Holland.
"“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," director Jon Watts added.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to open in theaters July 7, 2017.