It has arrived. Ever since the titular character's appearance in last year's Captain America: Civil War, fans across the globe have been geeking out over the latest incarnation of the web slinger, myself included. After months of waiting for a glimpse at the film, the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has finally arrived online for everyone's viewing pleasure. It is stunning, glorious, hilarious, and just about everything you could have wished would be included. Before we dive into any details, have a look for yourself if you are just finding out about this trailer release:
The Truest Incarnation
While Tobey Maguire's trilogy of films were very enjoyable and Andrew Garfield's likable performances in both Amazing Spider-Man films were memorable, I have to say that ever since the deal with Marvel and #SonyPictures went through, it was clear that fans were finally going to be given the best look into this character's life yet. Bringing him way back to his sophomore year in high school, focusing on villains that have yet to be showcased in the live-action #SpiderMan world, and dishing out endless amounts of action and comedy, this truly does look like Marvel and Sony are trying to go back to the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko days, but with a new spin. Yes, we need to wait until July 17th of 2017 in order to truly witness if this will be the greatest film for this character to date, but all we can do for now is weigh the pros and cons of this highly entertaining debut trailer.
The Stamp Of Approval
The Avengers was released the same summer as Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man, which would make some average moviegoers confused as to why they are not in collaboration. It may seem too soon for another reboot of this character, but I believe this film is meant to staple the fact that he has officially been placed in the right hands and is now available for these team-up adventures. For me personally, I look at Spider-Man: Homecoming like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars franchise had a fantastic trilogy, a failed trilogy, and then a fresh start. I believe Spider-Man: Homecoming will be following in those footsteps, loosely. If this trailer isn't a stamp of approval from #Marvel, I don't know what is.
The Funniest Film In The MCU
After viewing this trailer, it definitely feels like Marvel is going for a much more comedic route, in order to please the fans who have been let down by the dour tone of the last two films. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been known for their fun and playful versions of each of their characters, creating films that are accessible to all ages. Although it looks like there will be some dark and sad moments toward the climax of the film, it surely will be the most family friendly film in this universe. I found myself grinning from ear to ear at almost every moment shown in this trailer, but the most surprising aspects were the quick glimpses of Michael Keaton's portrayal of the Vulture.
Not Too Villain-Heavy
One of the biggest complaints about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or even Spider-Man 3 was that they showcased far too many villains, blowing their entire load all at once. After each of these films, I found myself tired of all the action and nonsensical amount of excess characters. As far as this trailers has shown us, it looks like there will be one main villain in Michael Keaton's Vulture, as well as a few minor threats and action set pieces throughout the film. To me, this is a breath of fresh air. If they want to set up future films by having other villains make cameos, I am all-in on that notion. Director Jon Watts has proclaimed that this film will be a John Hughes-esque picture in high school and if that is true, I would like to have a nice balance between that flavor and the flavor of the #MCU, as I am sure everyone else wishes for as well.
Doing Their Own Thing
We have yet to see if this film will include at least a cameo or two of characters like Harry, Norman, Mary Jane, or J.J., and even if they are not present, the characters throughout this trailer make this film seem like it really wants to distance itself from the other incarnations of this character. I really feel that they nailed a specific tone here and although there are a few tonal shifts throughout the trailer that can be jarring, to me it shows that the filmmakers want to give us two separate experiences here. One, in giving us a glimpse back into the #MCU with familiar faces and action pieces, and two, being a fun high school flick with very enjoyable and original characters. As a massive fan of Spider-Man, this just seems perfect.
My Overall Thoughts On The Trailer
From beginning to end, this trailer gives us a sense of fun, entertainment, sadness, loss, and ties it in nicely with the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, there are a few odd tonal shifts throughout the trailer, but that could just mean it slowly transitions from classic high-school flick to big blockbuster throughout the duration of the film, which I would believe to be a very nice move. From what we have seen so far, I truly believe that this film is going to give every hardcore Spider-Man fan their monies worth. Tom Holland blew us away in his 20–30 minutes of screen time in Captain America: Civil War, so we really have nothing to do now but become giddy about seeing an entire film based around this lovable incarnation. Marvel has not failed us yet, and if this trailer is any indication of the future, fans should still be all smiles. This was one hell of a trailer!