Webs away! The latest #SpiderManHomecoming trailer has arrived with a more serious tone than its Breakfast Club-style predecessor, and man, does it look good. The new trailer gives us a closer look at the driving plot of Homecoming and the characters that will be key in moving it along. From Tony Stark's close relationship with Peter Parker to Parker's main love interest, we are beginning to see just how Homecoming will be the mold from which all future #SpiderMan films are created.
Peter Parker Vs Spider-Man: Being A Hero For The Wrong Reasons
In the latest trailer, the most poignant part happens when #TonyStark tells Peter Parker that he doesn't deserve his Spider-Man suit, and to give it back. Coming from a man who went to the brink of death for others in order to have the right to wear his #IronMan suit, that statement holds a lot of weight and really clues us in on Spider-Man's greatest enemy in the film: himself.
We know from the trailer that this comes after Parker nearly kills hundreds of innocent civilians in order to catch a few bad guys and further inflate his growing teenage boy ego. "I was just trying to be like you," Parker explains, to which Stark snaps back, "I wanted you to be better."
Stark sees himself in Parker, and doesn't want him to make the mistakes he once made on his journey to becoming the Iron Man. As innocent and green as Parker is slinging around in his new #Spidey suit, his actions hold no less weight when it comes to the real consequences of his decisions.
Furthermore, if we mash together what we've gathered from both trailers, it is also safe to assume that #PeterParker is a bit of an outsider at school, nerdy, with a longing to fit in. When he becomes Spider-Man and gets his shiny new high-tech suit, he feels the power that is now in his hands, and, as any teenage boy would do, uses it to show off, to prove something, to stand out in a way just being Peter Parker never enabled him to. Stark understands that what Peter is going through is the difference between life or death, for him and his loved ones.
This very exchange between the #Avengers veteran and Spidey will be what shapes Spider-Man in all his future films and appearances. He will need to learn to find his identity outside of the Spidey suit as opposed to building his identity around it, or else others will pay the price.
How Vulture, Aunt May, And Spidey's First Love Will Save Him
What was most interesting to me about the new trailer was how it appeared that #MichaelKeaton's Vulture was closer to Peter Parker than we had previously thought. It almost seemed as if he knew Parker and his loved ones very well, speaking with him on a one to one level. Vulture talks about how #TheAvengers, specifically Stark, don't care about the little guys like him and Peter. He also mentions that he is just trying to protect the ones he loves just the same as Parker. Vulture is relating to Peter on a personal level in order to poison his mind against The Avengers and the path Stark would have Spider-Man take. It's reminiscent of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin's rooftop chat with Tobey Maguire's version of Peter in the first Spider-Man movie.
With Peter feeling like Stark is trying to keep him from reaching his potential and Vulture telling him to go for it no matter the cost, Peter will have to grow up fast. He will see Vulture was the one trying to sabotage his journey to becoming a hero and in turn has put Parker's loved ones, including Aunt May and his love interest, Liz Allan, in danger.
Parker's relationship with Liz Allan is another important part of his internal battle between himself and his Spider-Man identity. What happens to Liz Allan and his relationship with her in the film will set the stage for how #PeterParker views his relationships in regard to his new life as a superhero and who he can let into it. Parker may learn that it's safer to keep the ones he loves at arm's length, and that his abilities don't allow for him to be close to anyone.
Though Parker already knows loss from losing Uncle Ben, the new trailer shows he will understand it on a whole other level as Spider-Man. He will see others suffer losses because of his actions, and that can make or break a superhero. It will certainly shape the superhero we all know he will become, with his lifelong responsibility to those around him and to use his powers for good.
A Homecoming In Multiple Ways
We know that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a double entendre for Spider-Man's return to the #Marvel Cinematic Universe; due to the high school setting of the film, but could it represent something else? The film isn't an origin story, but it is a story about him finding his place.
Peter Parker will have to learn to be comfortable in his own skin if he is to become a #superhero in the Spidey suit, all while having the world against him and being a teenage boy. He wants so badly to be apart of the Avengers, but is failing to see that even if he joins them as Spider-Man, they aren't his home. His home is with his friends and Aunt May, and the heroism is in his sacrifice for them.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7th, 2017.