Does Whatever A Spider Can1 of 12This week, not one but two trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming were released, with the domestic version and international version showing slightly different content.
Up until now, we haven't know a heck of a lot about Homecoming, and most of what we do know is based on rumor, speculation and unconfirmed leaks. However, the trailers seem to confirm quite a bit of what we've heard, all while raising other questions.
Here's everything we noticed in the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers, and what we think it means for the movie.
Location, Location, Location2 of 12Most of Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place in New York City, with an apparent jaunt to Washington D.C. thrown in. But what we’re talking about here is where the scenes were actually filmed.
First and foremost – and most important – the establishing shots at several points in the trailer, including the bank robbery and scenes outside Peter’s apartment, were actually filmed on location in Forest Hills, Queens, Peter Parker’s neighborhood in comic books.
That may not seem like a big deal, but that touch of authenticity is an indicator of Marvel and Sony’s attitude towards the production.
Most of the movie, however, was filmed in Atlanta, which has become one of Marvel’s biggest de facto shooting locations. The best evidence of this is the shot of Vulture descending through the iconic lobby of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, known for its “ribcage” shape, and for being featured in numerous films including The Hunger Games.
He's A Menace!3 of 12One of the hallmarks of Marvel’s Spider-Man mythos is that he doesn’t get along great with real world authority figures like police or newspapers. While J. Jonah Jameson and The Daily Bugle don’t really seem to be factors in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s at least one scene where Peter has to contend with police who aren’t keen on a teenager in spandex climbing the Washington Monument.
But beyond scaling a national icon, it’s not clear why the cops are after Spider-Man. In fact, it’s not clear why he’s even climbing it, for that matter.
Not Another Teen Movie4 of 12While the previous Spider-Man films each started out at least partially in high school, Spider-Man: Homecoming wears that on its sleeve. From the shots of Peter awkwardly watching girls with Ned Leeds, to Peter awkwardly hugging Tony Stark, to Peter basically always being awkward, there’s no question that Tom Holland’s take on the character is as a total teenage dork.
Then you’ve got that “Homecoming” sign, indicating that the iconic high school dance celebration will be a factor in the film – maybe even its climax? There are a lot of layers to Marvel’s against-the-grain subtitle for the film.
Spider-Women5 of 12When it comes to the women in Peter Parker’s life in Spider-Man: Homecoming, two things are clear: his Aunt May is, as Tony Stark has pointed out, “unusually attractive,” and the object of his crush is Liz Allen, seen in the trailer played by Laura Harrier.
And who is that blonde walking with her, played by Angourie Rice? A leaked call sheet listed her as Betty Brandt, but that headband sure evokes shades of Gwen Stacy.
And, elsewhere in that scene, we get a glimpse of Zendaya in an atypically unglamorous role calling Peter and Ned “losers.” Still, there’s no confirmation of her role.
Also missing from the trailer is Tony Revolori’s Flash Thompson, rumored to be dating Liz Allen in the film.
Super Science6 of 12In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker has some advanced Stark tech at his back (literally), with the latest reveal being his iconic underarm web-wings a la Steve Ditko’s version of Spidey.
But that’s not all he’s got, as we saw in Captain America: Civil War. He’s even got a quick access suit that hugs to his body, slacking loose when he presses his emblem for quick removal.
Of course, Peter Parker has always been a genius himself, carrying on Marvel’s tradition of super-scientists – some of whom, including Bruce Banner and Howard Stark, have their likenesses on display in Pete’s high school, as glimpsed in the trailer.
Tinkerer Tech7 of 12Spider-Man isn’t the only one who’s got a leg up in the tech department. Almost all the criminals in the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, from the bank robbers to the Shocker and even the Vulture, seem to be using some kind of souped-up tech.
Our guess? It all ties back to the Tinkerer, the criminal who, in comic books, sells superior weapons to supervillains and who is reportedly played by Michael Chernus in Homecoming.
What’s more, that purple energy signature seems somewhat close to the weapons used by the Chitauri in Avengers. Could Tinkerer be using that as the basis for his weapons? And could Vulture get his name by “scavenging” the Chitauri tech?
Bonus: The criminals all using special weapons reminded us of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon where everyone used lasers instead of guns.
The Human Spider8 of 12Though Spider-Man: Homecoming takes place after (or at the tail end of) Captain America: Civil War, there are two scenes in the trailer where Peter’s not wearing the special Stark designed suit he got in Civil War.
In the first brief shot, Peter, in his homemade gear, is thrown into the side of a bus. In the second, he crawls through the sand near what looks like Coney Island.
These scenes could be flashbacks, or they could indicate that Peter has to give up his advanced suit at some point in the film. Perhaps he and Stark have some kind of falling out? Maybe over Peter’s Avengers status, and his apparent ignoring of Stark’s warnings to stay out of trouble?
Starring Donald Glover As...9 of 12Donald Glover gets a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him appearance in the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his character, like so many others in the film, remains nameless.
Of course, we can deduce a couple things. For one thing, he’s standing with a guy (who is dressed suspiciously like Shocker – more on that later) carrying an energy cannon. This implies that he is in some way associated with the Tinkerer – and may lend some credence to Newsarama’s theory about his identity.
Shock Follows Shock10 of 12Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker appears in the international trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, but Shocker is nowhere to be seen in the domestic version – or is he?
Take a good look at the guy on the right, holding some kind of energy cannon. His jacket sure looks a lot like Herman Schultz’s traditional quilted suit/leotard combo. Could there be multiple Shockers in the film?
Or, could Woodbine’s character and this character share some other connection? Maybe they’re wearing some kind of gang colors, or the tech they’re using (which seems to have a common origin) necessitates certain protective gear.
Career Criminal11 of 12Adrian Toomes, the original Vulture, has usually been depicted as a rogue scientist out for revenge against those who wronged him. But in the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, he appears to be a career criminal rather than a mad scientist.
If that’s the case, Michael Keaton’s version may have more in common with the two other Vultures in Marvel lore, Blackie Drago and Jimmy Natale, who were both crooks long before taking on the mantle of the winged menace.
That is, if Keaton is playing Toomes at all. There’s nothing to say he couldn’t be playing Drago or Natale.
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