The #SpiderManHomecoming trailer is finally here, and it's everything our little hearts desired. After Tom Holland proved he had the stuff to play the sassy wall-crawler in Captain America: Civil War, the first look at his solo vehicle promises that it's going to be one hell of ride.
The trailer also gave us our first look at Michael Keaton's high-tech Vulture, and revealed just enough of Robert Downey Jr.'s #IronMan cameo to get us really excited. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out below (or just watch it again, we get it).
#Marvel is taking pretty big steps here to differentiate their version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Sony's earlier series, which was in its heyday incredibly popular, and still holds a place in the hearts of many fans.
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Holland steps into the spandex shoes of Tobey Maguire, who portrayed Spidey in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, and Andrew Garfield, who took up the role in the Amazing Spider-Man movies. While most people have their own particular favorites when it comes to picking between the two actors and the two series, it would be unfair to deny that each actor brought something different to the role, making it theirs on their own way.
And so will Holland — he'll be bringing us a younger Spider-Man in a movie that will be more firmly centered around his high school days, in the manner of Spidey's early comic run under Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. And, perhaps most importantly, we aren't going to have to sit through another origin story (RIP Uncle Ben).
But the #MarvelCinematicUniverse clearly hasn't completely forgotten about their earlier predecessors. The rights deal with Sony, which allows the wall-crawler into the MCU, essentially means that he's being shared between the two studios, so previous history cannot be forgotten.
Perhaps that was why there was a cheeky little homage to one of Sony's earlier movies in the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer. Did you spot it?
Towards the end of the trailer, Vulture threatens Spider-Man and shoots up a large ship with his purple-beam energy gun. The decks of the ship buckle as passengers look on in horror, but Spidey is there to save the day, using his webbing and the sheer strength in his small body to hold the ship together.
It's a cool image, but we've seen it before. Specifically in Spider-Man 2, when Spidey battles Doctor Octopus on an R-train in New York.
Doc Ock rips the brake controls out of the train, and it's running out of control towards the end of the track with a full load of passengers on board. Spider-Man manages to stop the train by using his web shooters to grab onto the walls of buildings that they pass, bracing his body against the front of train and holding on for dear life.
He manages to save the train, but the immense toll on his body causes him to pass out. He's saved from falling to his death by the train passengers, who bring him back inside the train, and later attempt to defend him against Doc Ock.
It's a poignant scene, and a nice example of how Spider-Man would risk ripping his body apart to save people — and the image is instantly recalled when seeing Holland's Spider-Man do the same in the Homecoming trailer.
This call isn't just a nice nod to the Spideys who came before, it's also an affirmation that we're going to see a Spider-Man with the same kind of self-sacrificing spirit in Homecoming. And that's kinda what Spider-Man is all about. That, and cracking jokes. Don't forget the cracking jokes.
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