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While some have criticized Marvel Studios for adopting a cookie-cutter approach in recent years, recycling the same ideas and themes in each of their movies, the reality is that each of their films are rooted in different genres that give them each a unique feel.

Ant-Man was clearly a heist movie of miniature proportions, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier wore its conspiracy thriller influences proudly on its spandex sleeve. However, the focus of Marvel's latest project, Spider-Man: Homecoming, has come into contention, after star Tom Holland discussed the film with USA Today.

Spiderman: Homecoming [Credit: Marvel Studios]
Spiderman: Homecoming [Credit: Marvel Studios]

Despite reports that Homecoming would pay homage to '80s teen films from the likes of John Hughes, Holland revealed that Michael Keaton's introduction as the Vulture could leave you crawling the walls with fear:

“The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking.”

While this sounds undeniably awesome, Holland's description doesn't quite match up with the exuberance of the teaser trailer, or even anything we've learned about the film up to this point.

Rather than ditch the proposed teen comedy stylings, it's far more likely that the 'horror' aspects of Spider-Man: Homecoming will be confined to one scene. Namely, the Vulture's first appearance in the film.

Remember how the 'birth' of Doctor Octopus took a surprisingly horrific turn way back in Spider-Man 2? We wouldn't be surprised if director Jon Watts is consciously paying homage to Sam Raimi's best entry in the franchise, working hard to match the terrifying debut of Otto Octavius from the second Spidey movie.

Spiderman 2 [Credit: Sony]
Spiderman 2 [Credit: Sony]

Of course, this wouldn't be the first time that Peter Parker has dealt with some kind of horrific threat in this vein. In fact, one of Spider-Man's most powerful adversaries is Morbius, The Living Vampire, although these kind of stories tend to be confined solely to the comics or animated series (because, wtf).

If anything, the rest of 's promotion for Spider-Man: Homecoming up to this point has stood firmly on the lighter side of things, standing in defiance of the trend to make films darker and grittier. Sure, that approach may work for some heroes, but Peter Parker has always been a hopeful character, so it's key that Marvel don't delve too far into the darker aspects of Spider-Man's mythos for his first solo venture in the .

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The Amazing Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]
The Amazing Spider-Man [Credit: Marvel Comics]

It remains to be seen how The Vulture could be perceived as scary. After all, he's usually just portrayed as a bald guy with a bird fetish. But if Watts and his crew can craft something truly menacing out of that mechanical suit, then Spiderman: Homecoming could easily stand tall as the best Spidey film yet. Yes, even better than Spider-Man 3.


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Source — USA Today