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Spider-Man: Homecoming is finally out and it's safe to say, the movie is great. It's the perfect blend of high-school troubles, girl crushes and a grounded villain, it's definitely one of Marvel's best yet. Tom Holland stepped into the suit and owned the role as Peter Parker. He's the first actor to actually look the age of a teenager all while showing he's got the acting chops to keep up with Robert Downey Jr.

However, these are all things you already know about the movie. Let's take a look at seven things you might not have known about Spider-Man: Homecoming:

1. Tom Holland Thought He'd Be Playing Spider-Man in 2023

Tom Holland has been a Spider-Man fan all his life, he's even recounted dressing up as the web-slinger as a kid. This makes it that much sweeter that he's playing Spidey at the age of 21.

Interestingly, when Tom Holland was being interviewed for the film The Impossible back in 2012, he said he'd like his next role to be a more "jokey" film. Furthermore, when the interviewer asked if he would he ever play a superhero, Holland said:

"Maybe Spider-Man, in ten years time. ... The reboot of the reboot, if they do that."

2. J.K Simmons Could've Played J. Jonah Jameson

'Spider-Man' [Credit: Sony Pictures]
'Spider-Man' [Credit: Sony Pictures]

Fans of the original Spider-Man trilogy (a.k.a everybody) will know just how perfect J.K Simmons was for the role of J. Jonah Jameson. Amazingly, it seems as though J.K Simmons would've returned for the iconic role for the new Spider-Man iteration.

When appearing on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show two years ago, J.K Simmons was asked would he ever return to the role of J. Jonah Jameson where he said "I just heard that we...that's a possibility." And when asked would he accept, he said "absolutely."

However as we all know, this idea came to an abrupt halt when J.K Simmons signed on for the role of Commissioner Gordon in the . Oh well, maybe in the future!

3. Donald Glover Plays Miles Morales's Uncle

The Prowler and Miles Morales [Credit: Marvel Comics]
The Prowler and Miles Morales [Credit: Marvel Comics]

For years, fans have been petitioning for Donald Glover to land the role of Miles Morales in the Spidey universe. As cool and as perfect as this would be, Donald Glover is just too old to play the role of a character who is supposed to be younger than Peter Parker.

But in a clever twist of events, it turns out that Donald Glover's character in Spider-Man: Homecoming is none other than Aaron Davis, a.k.a The Prowler, a.k.a Miles Morales's uncle. Does this mean we'll see Miles Morales in future Spider-Man movies? Maybe, we'll have to wait and find out!

4. Karen And Jarvis Are Married In Real Life

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' [Credit: Sony Pictures]
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' [Credit: Sony Pictures]

Just like Iron Man and Jarvis, Spider-Man got his own AI assistant to help him while he's in his suit. The interesting thing is that Spidey's AI is voiced by Jennifer Connelly, who is actually married to Jarvis/Vision actor Paul Bettany! Maybe someday Karen can be brought to life like Jarvis was, and meet Vision in a little nod to those who know the pair are married in real life.

5. The Scene Where Spidey Is Stuck Is A Comic Book Reference!

[Credit: Marvel Comics]
[Credit: Marvel Comics]

If you've seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, then you'll remember that gut-wrenching scene where Peter Parker was stuck under an immense amount of machinery. It took him all his might and strength to save himself and it made for an excellent scene. But did you know this scene is directly from the 1963 comic The Amazing Spider-Man #33? An excellent homage to an iconic comic.

6. First Spider-Man Film To Feature Cindy Moon A.K.A Silk

[Credit: Marvel]
[Credit: Marvel]

Don't blame yourself if this one went over your head while watching the movie, but believe it or not, one of Spidey's biggest allies was in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Chinese actress Tiffany Espensen played the character Cindy Moon, who's alter ego is the awesome Silk. Silk is another web slinger who gained her powers from the same spider that bit Peter Parker! This means there's potential for three web slingers in the MCU — Miles Morales, Silk and Peter Parker.

7. The Marketing Campaign Cost $140 Million!

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' [Credit: Sony Pictures]
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' [Credit: Sony Pictures]

The marketing of a film is extremely important, and it's clear that knew this, reportedly investing a colossal $140 million into Spider-Man: Homecoming. With various clever posters and viral campaigns, this movie pulled out all the stops when getting the word out.

I think it's safe to say that the marketing paid off seeing as Spider-Man: Homecoming was a global smash hit, earning critics and fans approval alike. It's going to be interesting to see where your favorite web slinger ends up next and how he fits in to Avengers: Infinity War. At least we only need to wait one more year!

Did you know these Spider-Man: Homecoming facts? Got any more to add? Tell me in the comments below!

(Source: The Howard Stern Show)


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