Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently grinding out many films that all lead to the big finale: Avengers: Infinity War. Most of these films will be setting up things for the epic that begins in 2018 while still being their own movies. Therefore, they will be larger in scale, as we recently saw with Captain America: Civil War. However, one Phase 3 movie might be the smallest scale flick we have ever seen in the MCU.
That movie is none other than Spider-Man: Homecoming, which comes out next summer. Homecoming isn't just going to be different from a typical superhero film, but from all of the Spider-Man movies we have seen thus far.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Will Be Different
We have seen five Spider-Man movies in the past 15 years on the big screen. Sam Raimi changed the superhero genre with his Spider-Man trilogy from 2002 to 2007. Then our favorite web-slinger got a reboot with The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 and its sequel in 2014. While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed, it inspired a deal between Marvel and Sony to get Spider-Man into to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at long last.
So Spider-Man is back home. In prior iterations, Spider-Man was the only superhero in New York. With this new solo movie, we will get to see Spider-Man in a world with tons of superheroes — not to mention the dozen located in New York itself, like the Defenders and the Avengers. This is only one of the many things that will make Spider-Man: Homecoming different and unique from any other Spider-Man movie.
Peter Parker/Spider-Man: Trying To Be Both
The main conflict of the blockbuster could show Peter Parker struggling to be himself and Spider-Man at the same time. He could be trying to keep his identity a secret and keeping his loved ones safe while still trying to become an Avenger.
It's safe to say this will definitely be a main theme of the movie. This conflict is certainly nothing new for Spider-Man, and has been a consistent theme in the past two series, particularly Raimi's. At the same time, it could be presented in a very different way in Homecoming. Tom Holland plays a much younger, less experienced Peter Parker and we will get to see him trying to live a regular life in high school while still being the Amazing Spider-Man.
Tony Stark = Uncle Ben?
Captain America: Civil War developed a beautiful and comical relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker. Tony is the one responsible for Spider-Man's new suit upgrades and Spider-Man will likely be playing with all of the new tech on his suit throughout the film. Since there are so many upgrades for Spidey to receive, there will most likely be one mind-blowing advancement to his suit that he stumbles upon in the final battle towards the end of the movie.
Tony Stark and his technology will have a big impact on Spider-Man in the film. It's possible he'll play an Uncle Ben-type figure that will guide him and always be watching over him — the technology will probably help too. Peter Parker never had a father figure like this in any other movies after Uncle Ben died, so it will be interesting to see how it affects the character.
Even the villains of Spider-Man: Homecoming are going to be very unique. First of all, Marvel wanted to pick a villain that we haven't seen before. As much as I'd love to see another version of the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, or Venom, the fact that we're getting a never-before-seen villain is equally as exciting. After Comic-Con, it was finally confirmed that the Vulture will be the main villain of the movie. Besides the fact that he has never been seen on the big screen before, why is the Vulture such a great choice for a villain?
If you look back at all the bad guys we have seen in the previous Spider-Man movies, what do most — if not all of them — have in common? They all had a personal relationship with Peter Parker rather than Spider-Man.
With Spider-Man: Homecoming, we have a villain who Peter/Spider-Man knows nothing about and he will have to do some investigating to find out more about the Vulture. We know that the Vulture and Spider-Man don't have a personal conflict (until after their first encounter, of course) because of their long history in the comics. For example, the Green Goblin was Peter Parker's best friend's father (and later on was his best friend). But Vulture was just a random older man who was an engineer with no affiliation to Peter Parker before becoming the Vulture.
Watch the classic train sequence from Spider-Man 2:
In this movie, it seems we'll also get to see three villains as it is pretty much confirmed that the Tinkerer and Shocker will appear in the movie. The sound of three villains may bring back unpleasant memories of Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but Marvel could handle it in a great way. In the past, Sony tried to make all of the villains primary antagonists and in the end, it didn't work out so well (twice). But it appears Marvel has the Vulture as the main antagonist with the Tinkerer and Shocker playing minor roles in the film.
Rumor has it that the Tinkerer will build the Vulture's suit out of Chitauri tech. This rumor seems like it is definitely possible as the Tinkerer built suits and weapons for many villains in the comics such as the Hobgoblin and the Beetle. On the other hand, Shocker could just be a villain who appears for a couple of minutes of the film fighting Spider-Man, not unlike Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This works, as Shocker was never really a huge Spider-Man villain in the past but could be a great way to show Spider-Man in action.
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