After months of waiting, Tom Holland's Spider-Man was finally given the chance to show the world what he's made of with the release of not one, but two new trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Understandably, diehard webheads and casual fans alike have been cautiously sceptical up until now. After all, we still haven't quite recovered from Tobey Maguire's emo dancing and whatever the hell Venom was in Spider-Man 3 — but with Homecoming, Tom Holland and co. seems to have truly captured everything that makes Peter Parker such an iconic figure.
That's not all though. To welcome Spider-Man back into the fold, #Marvel have filled the two trailers with more easter eggs, comic book references and MCU links than Spidey fans could dare hope for... and that's where your friendly neighborhood Movie Pilot comes in.
Join us as we break down the official trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, analysing every easter egg complete with the exact time that they appear in the promo, all for your viewing pleasure. Please note, each timing has been taken from the US trailer rather than the international, unless otherwise noted.
Spidey For President? [00:01-00:04]
Within the first four seconds of the trailer, Spider-Man: Homecoming already achieves something that's never been done before onscreen — and that's taking the Webhead out of New York City.
Not only does the idea of watching Spidey swing around the Washington Monument sound rather epic, but it might also seem rather familiar to fans of the comics.
The fact that Spider-Man's joining a fight over the Washington Monument in a brand new costume can't just be a coincidence, right? Shout out to Movie Pilot creator Max Farrow for that spot.
Furthermore, that police helicopter doesn't seem too friendly, hearkening back to the earlier comics when Spidey was often perceived as a dangerous threat by the law. Curse J. Jonah. Jameson and his newspaper-led smear campaigns! However, is there a chance that this police hostility could also arise due to the aftermath of the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War? We don't know that Spidey is registered and adhering to the Accords — and if he's not, this could spell real trouble in the movie.
Finally, we couldn't help but geek out hardcore when we finally saw the under-arm webbing from Spidey's early comic-book days onscreen for the first time. We're not sure how useful they actually are, but frankly: when it looks this awesome, who cares?
"You Got Heart, Kid. Where Are You From?" [00:08-00:09]
It doesn't take long though for Spider-Man to return to Queens, his true home in the comics. Large sections of Spider-Man: Homecoming may have been shot in Atlanta, but it's great to see that some of the exteriors are authentic, channeling the friendly neighborhood moniker that Spidey's always been known for.
Alien Tech? [00:10-00:13]
The next scene depicts the beginning of a bank heist, but the technology on display reveals that this is far from your standard robbery. While it's hard to tell whether The Tinkerer is involved or not at this stage, the purple energy that powers the equipment suggests that Chitauri technology left over from the NYC Invasion in Avengers Assemble may very well be responsible here, rearing its head again after an appearance in Luke Cage earlier this year.
"Wait A Minute! You Guys Aren't The Real Avengers!" [00:16-00:31]
This scene provides us with our first real glimpse of the action in Spider-Man: Homecoming — and boy, it sure doesn't disappoint. Never before have we seen Spider-Man look so... well, spidery, dispatching these criminals with the kind of athletic prowess and quick-witted jabs that fans have only dreamed of seeing on the big screen. It's also worth noting that the entire sequence is also a fantastic way of anchoring the film in both the MCU and Marvel's comic book heritage, something that previous Spider-Man films couldn't manage due to legal issues.
"I can tell. Hulk gives it away!"
Ned Leeds The Way [00:37-00:41]
As previously reported, the high school elements of the Spider-Man mythos are set to play a larger role in Homecoming, drawing upon the John Hughes school of comedy. In the earlier comics, Peter Parker struggled to make friends, but a lot's changed since the '60s, so Tom Holland's nerdy hero now has a companion in the form of Ned Leeds, played by Jacob Batalan.
In the comics, Ned Leeds was a much older character who worked as a reporter at The Daily Bugle and eventually turned into the villainous Hobgoblin. Whether this version of Ned remains faithful to Peter or turns to the dark side, Batalan's character has an exciting story arc ahead.
Love Is In The Air [00:41-00:53]
Liz Allan may have been Spidey's very first love interest, making her debut along Peter all the way back in Amazing Fantasy #15, but this is the first time that we've seen her in live action. All of Peter and Ned's attention seems to be focused on her, but there's a strong chance that we may have also been given our first glimpse of Angourie Rice in the background, playing a blond Betty Brant.
More importantly though, we also finally see Zendaya's character for the very first time, putting to rest the majority of rumors that she's set to play Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man's ultimate love interest. The popstar looks almost unrecognisable as 'Michelle', although there's still a slim chance that Marvel may be trolling us with a new version of Mary-Jane which they'll reveal upon the film's release.
Will Spidey Join The Avengers? [00:55-01:10]
Tony Stark pops up to continue mentoring Peter, much like he did in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar, except that he's far more distant here. While #IronMan is featured heavily in this trailer, we doubt that Robert Downey Jr. will play such a large role in the final release. However, it's understandable that Marvel would want to utilize Tony Stark in this first promo, as he's still the studio's biggest star. Plus, the chemistry between him and Holland is undeniably hilarious.
The Starks Are Everywhere! [01:11-01:12]
It's no coincidence that Howard Stark appears on a mural in the school corridor just moments after his son first arrives on the scene in this trailer. What's particularly great about this is the way it demonstrates exactly how influential the Stark dynasty is in the MCU, all while providing fan boys with a subtle easter egg to watch out for.
Legs For Days [01:12-01:15]
While most students are distracted in class by Facebook or Twitter, Peter can't help but watch himself in action, reliving the airport fight scene from Captain America: Civil War on his laptop. The question is though, how on earth did someone film the clash from that angle? Did Black Widow take some time out to video the whole thing? More on Civil War later...
Flash Thompson And Bruce Banner Share A Classroom? [01:16-01:18]
It seems that in the modern-day MCU, Howard Stark isn't the only scientific genius to receive worldwide recognition. If you look up on the classroom wall towards the right, you may spot Bruce Banner, the gamma radiation expert who sometimes likes to smash things...
The Hulk isn't the only mainstay Marvel character to appear in this scene though. If you look towards the right, actor Tony Revolori gives Peter some wicked side-eye, suggesting that the two students are far from besties. The shades makes sense given Revolori is playing Flash Thompson, a character who relentlessly bullied Parker in the comics and was played by a young Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) in the first film.
Mets, Star Wars & A Super Sneaky Civil war Reference. Oh, And Abs [01:23-01:30]
Like Gretchen Wiener's hair, Peter Parker's bedroom is full of secrets, many of which flesh out his character with the kind of precise detail that fan boys crave:
- Spot the Mike Piazza flag? The catcher is a legendary player from the Mets, a baseball team that Peter Parker has loved in the comics since childhood.
- What about the AT-AT Walker from Star Wars? In the bottom right corner, you can just make out this iconic piece of tech from the legendary franchise, which inspired Spidey during his fight with Giant Man in Civil War, where he swung round and tied him up by the legs.
- As if that wasn't enough Star Wars references for you, Ned drops a Lego Death Star, and vintage action figures including an R2 unit and an X-Wing pilot can also be spotted on the shelf behind Spidey in the next scene. We guess you were probably too distracted by Tom Holland's ridiculously chiseled abs to notice.
The Vulture arrives on the scene, providing us with our first full look at the new costume — and it's certainly divisive. While some fans feel that Michael Keaton's villain looks suitably imposing, others are worried that we may be looking at another Green Goblin-esque figure, one who is hidden away behind a mechanical suit.
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Avengers HQ & A Love Note To Pepper? [01:42-01:45]
Rumors circling Spider-Man's involvement in #AvengersInfinityWar aren't likely to stop anytime soon, especially now that we've seen Peter walking around #Avengers HQ. Is this a homage to Amazing Spider-Man #1, where Peter broke into the Fantastic Four's HQ to join the team, or is it simply another neat way to tie Homecoming into the #MCU?
Either way, it's entirely possible that Tony and the Avengers base may have distracted you from the fact that Peter is wearing the exact same geeky shirt that Pepper Potts owns in Iron Man 3. Who wore it best? Hard to say, but what we do know is that Tony certainly has a thing for people in that outfit.
Who's The Real Villain Here? [01:53-01:54]
In what's arguably the most confusing scene from the whole trailer, Donald Glover stands around while a mysterious figure (the internet is divided on whether this is Michael Chernus or Logan Marshall-Green) uses what looks like the Shocker's tech. Wearing similar clothes to Bokeem Woodbine in the international trailer, The Tinkerer is probably tied closely to the Shocker's own origin, developing his sonic-based weaponry.
We're also not sure whether Glover will be a true villain, a simple henchman or a different character entirely. Whatever happens though, it's just gratifying to see the man who voices Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon appear on film, especially after many fans campaigned for Glover to originally take on the lead role in Homecoming.
"Don't Mess With Me, Because I Will Kill You And Everybody You Know [01:57-02:01]
Flying Monster Guy, otherwise known as The Vulture, takes center stage once again here, but what we're not sure about is whether these scenes take place in the present day or in a flashback. After all, why would Spider-Man be wearing his old costume after Stark gave him an upgrade? It's possible, of course, that Tony Stark or the Government forced him to remove it in the aftermath of the Sokovia Accords. Our guess is that The Vulture has plagued Spidey long before he showed up in Captain America: Civil War.
Patriotic AF [02:04-02:07]
It's easy to forget now, but Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise was actually one of the most successful and widely loved superhero adaptations of the time, so it's fitting that Marvel chose to pay homage to Spider-Man 2 here with a take on the iconic train shot.
While we're not too sure about the overtly patriotic Statue of Liberty placement that happens to be conveniently visible behind Spidey, we're just happy that Holland kept his mask on for this sequence. No one needs to see someone pay homage to Maguire's expression here, especially magnified large on the big screen.
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Both trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming weave a tangled web of easter eggs and subtle comic book references, but now is just the beginning. In the coming months, prepare yourselves for an onslaught of fan theories, Tony Stark memes and endless screenshots of Tom Holland's abs in all of their unnatural intensity. It's a good time to be alive, Spidey fans.