As we (wall) crawl ever closer to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming next year, details about the film are becoming a tangled web that's increasingly hard to follow. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood Movie Pilot is on-hand to keep you up to date with everything you need to know about Spider-Man: Homecoming in this ultimate guide, which will be updated daily with the latest Spidey news.
Spider-Man: Homecoming News, Rumors & Updates
Once again, Hasbro toys have provided us a sneak peek of what to expect from Spider-Man: Homecoming. While we've already seen some close-up shots of Spidey's new MCU outfit, today we've finally been given our first look at Iron Man's new suit of armor that will feature in Homecoming.
From the picture below, it looks like Marvel have taken inspiration from the Ultimates comic book line, adding in elements of the Bleeding Edge armor last seen in Captain America: Civil War. Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
In other news, Sony were in dire need of some cash back in 2011, so they decided to sell their merchandising rights to Marvel. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal recently, Sony's chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida revealed that this may not have been a sound business move:
“We had sold some assets of the studio, such as merchandising rights of Spider-Man, to raise short-term cash in exchange for long-term cash flow when the electronics units were struggling."
The problem for Sony is that Spidey's star is soaring high once more following his well-received appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Don't worry too much for Sony though — The studio are still set to earn major dollar once Homecoming swings into cinemas, thanks to a lucrative deal with Marvel.
Official photos of Hasbro's toys for Spider-Man: Homecoming provide us with our closest look yet at Tom Holland's new costume and the tech provided by Tony Stark.
Interestingly, one of the new toys features Spidey in his original homemade costume, which could potentially appear in a flashback. What we probably won't see in the final film though is the Spidey-Mobile, which is great in toy form, but would look utterly absurd in the MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Release Date
Spider-Man Homecoming's official release date is July 7, 2017, so we have a while to wait until the wallcrawler swings his way into our local cinemas, giving us plenty of time to stock up on popcorn and whatever the hell it is that spiders eat. Flies? Can people buy flies now?
Spider-Man: Homecoming Plot
The Spider-Man Homecoming plot officially released by Marvel doesn't reveal too much:
"A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' Captain: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming."
Fortunately, Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige revealed more story specifics in an interview with Birth, Movies, Death, discussing the 'coming-of-age high-school' vibes that the film will have;
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” said Feige. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
Despite first seeing Tom Holland's Peter Parker appear in Captain America: Civil War, the first official poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming has given us our closest look at his costume yet, providing potential clues to the story.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Cast
A whole new cast of talented performers were assembled to star in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland will take on the eponymous role in Marvel's take on Spidey, and he'll be joined by a host of fresh faces.
— Tom Holland: After impressing critics in The Impossible and In the Heart of the Sea, Holland won the coveted role of Spider-Man, bringing a younger take on Peter Parker to the big screen.
— Michael Keaton: The former Batman has now set his sights on villainy, and is set to play the main antagonist in Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose codename is The Vulture.
— Zendaya: Disney actress Zendaya has been cast in the role of Michelle, one of Parker's classmates. Although rumors initially suggested that this may be a codename for Spider-Man's iconic girlfriend, Mary-Jane Watson, this has since been officially denied by the actress herself.
— Donald Glover: After voicing Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon for years, Glover has joined the cast of Homecoming in a currently unspecified role.
— Jacob Batalon: Batalon has only appeared in one film prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled North Woods, but he's set to make the big time in the role of Ned Leeds, Parker's best friend and classmate.
— Laura Harrier: International model Harrier will play Liz Allan in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Parker's love interest and classmate.
— Tony Revolori: The young performer won critical acclaim for his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, putting him in good stead for the role of Flash Thompson, Parker's rival and classmate.
— Tyne Daly: The Emmy-Award winning actress has been cast in an undisclosed role for Spider-Man: Homecoming, bringing decades of acting experience to the ensemble.
— Bokeem Woodbine: After making a name for himself in the hit show Fargo, Woodbine has been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming as The Shocker, an iconic villain from the comics.
— Marisa Tomei: Despite being one of the most well-known names in the cast, Tomei's casting as Aunt May still caused controversy when first announced, as the character is usually played by a more mature actress.
— Robert Downey Jr.: One of the most successful actors in the world, Downey Jr. will bring the eccentric wit of Tony Stark to Spider-Man: Homecoming, helping to bridge the gap between Spidey and the MCU at large.
— Jon Favreau: Iron Man director and occasional actor Favreau will reprise his MCU role as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
— Michael Chernus: Best known for playing Cal Chapman on Orange Is The New Black, Chernus has been officially cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming as the villainous Tinkerer.
— Logan Marshall-Green: Prometheus star Marshall-Green has been cast as one of the villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his identity hasn't been revealed as of yet.
— Kenneth Choi: After playing Jim Morita in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, Choi will return to the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Parker's high school principal.
— Angourie Rice: Rumored to be playing either Betty Brant or Gwen Stacy, Rice is set for big things in Spider-Man: Homecoming after impressing in the Shane Black comedy The Nice Guys.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Characters
With a history spanning over fifty years in the comics, Peter Parker has developed a huge supporting cast, which means that Spider-Man: Homecoming is chock full of characters who will play friends and foes alike.
— Peter Parker/Spider-Man: 15-year-old Peter Parker has to deal with a constant bombardment of super villains, as well as your standard teenage woes, including homework and dating.
— The Vulture: Adrian Toomes uses a special harness that enables him to fly and grants the wearer super strength, which he uses to commit crimes under the alias The Vulture.
— Michelle: Little is know about this new creation for Spider-Man: Homecoming, except that Michelle is one of Parker's smartest classmates thanks to her love of reading.
— Ned Leeds: Parker's best friend will be around the same age as him in Spider-Man: Homecoming; but later, there's a possibility that he could become a Daily Bugle reporter like his comic book counterpart.
— Liz Allan: Parker's love interest and classmate actually debuted the same time as Spider-Man himself; but she often plays second tier to the likes of Gwen Stacy and Mary-Jane Watson.
— Flash Thompson: In the comics, Flash and Peter eventually put aside their differences for the most part. But in Spider-Man: Homecoming, their rivalry will come to the fore during the film's high school scenes.
— May Parker: After Spider-Man's parents die and Uncle Ben's life is taken, Aunt May does everything in her power to give Peter a chance in life, always putting him before her own needs.
— Tony Stark/Iron Man: Billionaire genius and all round kick-ass superhero Tony Stark established a strong bond with Peter that will be explored in more depth within Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Iron Man helps him come to terms with what it means to be a hero.
— Happy Hogan: Wherever Tony Stark goes, Happy Hogan, his Head of Security, isn't far behind, proving his loyalty as one of Iron Man's most trusted allies.
— Phineas Mason/Tinkerer: While he possesses no superhuman abilities of his own, the Tinkerer is a genius engineer who has created a number of deadly contraptions that have proved to be a thorn in Spider-Man's side over the years.
— Betty Brant: Starting out as a key love interest of Peter's, Betty has receded in the background over the years, although she has remained a constant in Parker's life.
— Nightwatch: Sony have begun showing interest in a character called Nightwatch, whose chequered past could make an interesting addition to the Spidey-verse in either Homecoming or future sequels.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Spinoff
Before Spider-Man officially joined the MCU last year, Sony had plans to develop spin-off movies from the beloved property, including Sinister Six, Venom and even a solo venture for Aunt May.
However, now that Peter Parker is no longer attached exclusively to Sony, it looks like Marvel will create a number of Spider-Man: Homecoming spin-offs in the future that expand the Spidey-Verse within the MCU. The project is in the early stages of development, but our fingers are crossed for the cinematic debut of Spider-Gwen!
Whether the spin-offs take place or not, Holland has confirmed that Marvel and Sony have already begun discussing potential ideas for a sequel to Homecoming, almost a year before Spider-Man returns to our cinemas.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Theories
Who really killed Uncle Ben? Will the Green Goblin return? And who the hell is Zendaya playing? The answers to all of these questions and more may have finally been answered by diehard fans on the worldwide web.
Where To Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming Online
Currently, there are no streaming services which will allow you to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming online, as the film hasn't hit theatres yet. As soon as the webslinger crawls his way onto home media though, we'll be the first to let you know the best places to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming in full online.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Merchandise
As one of the most popular superheroes of all time, Marvel have produced an overwhelming amount of Spidey tie-in products over the years. As the film's release date draws nearer, more and more Spider-Man: Homecoming merchandise will become available that ties in explicitly with events from the movie. But for now, there's still enough merch out there for the diehard Webheads!
— Superhero Stuff: Features everything from underwear and ties to shower curtains and ice cube trays.
— Redbubble: A range of t-shirts are available to buy at this site.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Comic Book
With numerous TV shows and three cinematic outings, Spider-Man has proved time and time again why he's such an enduring character. However, the true fans out there will be most familiar with Parker's 60 years of comic book history.
While it's too early to discern which story liens will be used in the final script, it's likely that early arcs from the '60s will inspire Spider-Man: Homecoming's comic book legacy due to the emphasis on Parker's high school years.
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If Tom Holland's appearance in Captain America: Civil War is anything to go by, it looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the best Spidey movie yet. Remember to keep checking back regularly as this Spider-Man: Homecoming guide will be updated with more news, rumors and theories each day in the run up to the film's release and beyond.
What are you most excited to see happen in Spider-Man: Homecoming?