Spider-Man: Homecoming is releasing in theaters on July 7, 2017, and it will mark Spider-Man's first solo movie a part of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse. It will also mark a new kind of adventure for the MCU, due to the high school setting — and for a bunch of other reasons. In fact, it looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming will do a lot of things right that Marvel movies in the past have struggled with.
Let's take a look at the biggest MCU problems that Homecoming could outmaneuver with spider-like agility. Of course, these don't apply to every previous MCU film, but they can be found in a big handful.
1. The Color Scheme
Many installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe haven't had a bad color scheme, but a particularly bland one for sure. Recently, it appears that Marvel has been hard at work to fix this; Doctor Strange was one of the most visually stunning blockbusters ever, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 took full advantage of its setting and gave us vibrant colors that popped more than in any previous Marvel film.
Both Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2 are set in unique environments (from other dimensions to deep space) but Spider-Man: Homecoming is set in New York City. Given that, the movie will be a true test of whether or not Marvel has fixed its color palette issues. The trailers look great, however. Check out a picture of Spider-Man from Captain America: Civil War and then from the Homecoming trailers and you will notice how much brighter and flashier his suit looks.
2. The Personal Stakes
Another big criticism the Marvel Cinematic Universe films is that Earth is threatened over and over again. By the time we get to #InfinityWar and its sequel, the planet will be threatened for the umpteenth time until good presumably triumphs over evil yet again.
But as Logan proved, we don't need world-ending stakes for an incredible story, as long as the emotional stakes are high. Spider-Man: Homecoming appears to follow that path. It will see Spider-Man battling the Vulture and saving a plane from crashing, which might not affect the entire human race but should give us an emotional and intense adventure regardless.
3. The Origin Story
We've seen Peter Parker get bitten by the radioactive spider twice (and Uncle Ben die twice) on the big screen, and Marvel Studios was smart enough to know we didn't want to see it again — which is why Tom Holland was already Spidey in Civil War. Origin stories have been so overplayed, and while Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger and Ant-Man all felt fresh at the time, audiences have tired of the hero's journey formula.
Fortunately, Spider-Man: Homecoming will tell a different kind of origin story — not about the origin of the wall-crawler's powers, but about how he evolves from a rookie superhero to a pro. Marvel is giving us a coming-of-age storyline where Peter Parker will have to learn how to become a more responsible hero. This is a very fresh element and because of that, it will not feel stale on the big screen this July.
4. The Soundtrack
Iron Man includes a blend of of classic rock music and the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mixes are absolutely incredible — but that isn't the issue. Aside from perhaps the Avengers' theme, all of the MCU's original scores are very forgettable.
This has nothing to do with the composers' ability, as Marvel has selected some of the best in Hollywood. For whatever reason, the scores just don't stick like the classic Superman and Batman soundtracks.
Fortunately, it seems that Homecoming composer Michael Giacchino is going back to basics, introducing an original and modern take on the classic 1960s Spider-Man theme.
If we are seeing Spider-Man swinging throughout New York, we should expect to hear an upbeat tune that perfectly captures the character — and the '60s theme is that tune. Giacchino knows what he's doing.
5. The Villain
This one is a no-brainer. The single most criticized aspect of the MCU is its villains. Of course, the cinematic universe has given us some great ones — such as Loki, the Winter Solider and (most recently) Ego the Living Planet — but there are far more underdeveloped, bland villains like Malekith, Kaellicius and Yellowjacket.
Since Spider-Man has such an amazing rogues gallery, this shouldn't be a problem for Tom Holland's solo films — and Michael Keaton's performance as the Vulture looks brutal and marvelous so far. We can tell that we're in for a big treat.
Do you believe Spider-Man: Homecoming will break any of these major Marvel issues? If so, which ones? Discuss below!