AMAZING? SPECTACULAR? SUPERIOR?1 of 12This week, a new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer debuted, and it brought with it new details about the film's plot, and new looks at what Spider-Man and the Vulture can really do.
But there were also a lot of things you may have missed - from Marvel Universe Easter eggs, to character beats, and possible MCU implications.
Fortunately, we've got nothing better to do than watch the trailer 500 times to find all this stuff, so here for your convenience are 10 things we noticed in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.
BRAND NEW DAY2 of 12One thing that’s immediately clear is that the tone of Spider-Man: Homecoming is visually much brighter and more friendly than previous film attempts, especially the Amazing Spider-Man movies which took place mostly at night.
Yes, there are some big swings between the dark, scary moments of the trailer and the more upbeat parts, but there’s a visual style to Homecoming that is distinct among Spider-Man films.
HIGH SCHOOL HERO3 of 12While all involved have been touting how Homecoming is not your typical superhero movie - and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige has name-checked John Hughes' 1980s high school movies as inspiration - while the first trailer gave us tastes of that, the second trailer is pretty standard MCU superheroics.
Sure, Peter is in high school and Tony Stark quips (which is as standard for a MCU film as it is not), but otherwise as already noted the trailer is structured as and suggests a very action-oriented superhero redemption arc, without a lot of high school flavor to be found.
Marvel has a strategy for everything, so this is probably purposeful on some level, but in a time when films like Deadpool, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy are being lauded for not being standard superhero fare, this Homecoming trailer is surprisingly not-surprising.
SPIDER-GIRL(FRIEND)4 of 12Everyone has heard the rumor that Zendaya is secretly playing Mary Jane, but even if that is true, it doesn’t answer the question of who Peter’s love interest will be - but the trailers have given several clues.
This latest trailer makes it pretty clear that Liz Allen is Peter’s crush, as she plants one on him. But that doesn’t mean there’s no room for a twist, or that they'll even progress to sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G.
CAPTAIN AMERICA'S FITNESS TEST5 of 12Those of us who grew up in the late 20th Century will remember well the Presidential Fitness Challenge that grade schoolers were subjected to – and Peter Parker is apparently no different, watching a video on “Captain America’s Fitness Challenge” in his gym class.
But isn’t Captain America (or at least Steve Rogers) a wanted fugitive at the time of Homecoming because of the events of Captain America: Civil War?
This begs the question – what is Steve’s status? What is Captain America’s status? And how much does the public know about the events of Civil War?
Note that this commercial with Evans is of his 2012-era Avengers film, and not his subsequent upgrades from three film appearances since.
Also take note that director John Watts doesn’t miss a trick – the old CRT that they’re watching the video on is, of course, a Sony.
DAMAGE CONTROL6 of 12Not everyone remembers Damage Control, the late 1980s Marvel title about a company who cleans up after superhero conflicts, but Homecoming’s Vulture seems to take some cues from that very idea, repurposing tech he salvages into villainous weaponry.
And we don’t think we’re off-base making that connection – there’s a brief image of a news report with a banner that reads “Damage Control.”
Interestingly, Damage Control was once reportedly in development at ABC as a possible Marvel TV comedy back in October 2015.
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN7 of 12Spidey’s moniker of “friendly neighborhood” has always kind of hidden just how inefficient Spider-Man’s usual conveyance of webslinging is in suburban or residential areas.
But this trailer takes that and makes it a specific punchline, with Tony Stark admonishing Peter with those same words as he crashes a family’s pool party on a webline.
SPIDER-SHARK-REPELLENT8 of 12There’s no secret that Spidey’s Stark-designed suit has its share of bells and whistles – including the previously seen web-wings and spider signal – but this new trailer introduces some new twists on classic Spidey-gear.
The drone attached to Spider-Man’s chest sure reminds us of a more “real world” take on a spider-tracer. And then of course there’s the exploding web ball he uses on one of Vulture’s goons.
CARTOON CONNECTION9 of 12Homecoming is Marvel’s first in-house pass at a big screen version of the character. But the blueprint for their approach has been on the table for years in the form of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
Showing Peter as a high school student isn’t unique to Ultimate Spider-Man by any stretch, but coupling that with mentorship from the Avengers sends a pretty clear message.
And, true to the Spider-Man formula, it looks like he’ll mess up over-eager to prove himself before getting a chance to prove he’s got what it takes.
MISSING PERSONS10 of 12Now that the marketing focus for Homecoming has seemingly shifted to a more action-oriented campaign, there are some characters whose identities have been left in the dark.
For starters, both Donald Glover and Zendaya – two major castings for the film – only get the briefest glimpses in this trailer. And while rumors have swirled about who both actors may be playing, few actual clues have surfaced.
On the other hand, Martin Starr makes a brief appearance here. Oddly, Homecoming is Starr’s second MCU role. He played a college student in The Incredible Hulk who was identified as none other than Amadeus Cho in the later novelization. In this brief clip, he's wearing the jacket of Peter's school - assumed to be as a teacher.
WHAT'S THE TWIST?11 of 12Between the first trailer for Homecoming and this latest one, there’s not a whole lot about the plot of the film that Marvel and Sony are leaving to the imagination – or so it seems.
If you pay attention, you can easily track Spider-Man’s journey and relationship with both Tony Stark and the Vulture – and you can also see the way the film may explore the themes of Peter’s origin story without just retelling it.
Very different from the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marketing, whose film comes out months before Homecoming.
So where’s the surprise? Could it have something to do with the “secret identities” of several of the still unnamed characters? Maybe the message is, the MCU Earth is still turning while 2017’s other offerings, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok get crazy cosmic.
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