‘Spider-Man’ Director Reveals Movie’s Comic Book Influences

By October 13, 2015
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There has been a lot of talk about the tone of the 2017 Spider-Man standalone film. With the casting of Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and relatively rookie director Jon Watts on board, it’s clear from the talent already assembled alone that this new incarnation of Spider-Man is going to have a much younger feel, and energy than I think several of the previous films had. Both Kevin Feige and Watts have been quoted as calling the movie much more of a “coming-of-age” film than anything else too, with the standalone hoping to capture the same kind of magic as a John Hughes movie.

Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better way to handle this new reboot too, especially since some of my favorite Spider-Man moments come during his high school years of angst, while struggling to balance his superhero lifestyle with the pressures of a normal life, and then the added complications of being a nerdy guy in high school. Peter Parker’s draw has always been his relatability to me and I think some of the previous films failed because they focused less on him as a character, and more on the spectacle and universe, and I don’t think Marvel is planning on making the same mistake this time around.

While speaking with Den of Geek recently too, Jon Watts revealed the comic books that he’s reading right now in preparation for the film that should help fans to get a clearer idea of what Spider-Man film they might be in for:

“Ultimate is great. I love Ultimate. We have the freedom to pull from anything, but I really like what [Brian Michael] Bendis did. A lot. That felt like… that was Peter Parker back in high school. And, spending as much time with his high school problems as it did with his superhero problems, which I think is really a lot of fun.

There’s also some really funny comics stuff, like, the Archies. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the Spider-Man Loves Mary-Jane series, but they have this really great anime-style illustration, and it’s all just about Peter Parker’s relationships. It’s like the soap opera of Peter Parker in high school. Those are really funny, too.

I’m just sitting around reading comic books all day — it’s a pretty great job.”

So these titles and stories definitely go hand-in-hand with several of the previously mentioned “coming-of-age” comments and it seems like the entire creative team behind this film are ready and focused on showing Peter Parker’s life as a high school superhero, and I think this might end up being the best combination of those two lifestyles we’ve seen in a Spider-Man film yet. Or at least, I hope it will be.

It’s interesting that Watts mentions Mary Jane in the article, and that’s something that I think a lot of us haven’t even thought of yet in regards to which of Peter’s love interests we’re actually going to see in this newest iteration. Sam Raimi’s films focused only on Mary Jane and Peter’s relationship, while Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man movies focused more on Peter and Gwen Stacy’s, which means Marvel could go either way this time around.

While I have a feeling they’re planning on making MJ the love interest again, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel has a few tricks up their sleeves in regards to Peter’s personal life. The possibilities are endless at this point, and I really don’t think we’ll know for sure what to expect from Marvel and Sony until Captain America: Civil War. For right now though, I’m happy with the direction it seems like Watts, Holland, Feige, and everyone else involved are planning on taking the character this time around.

Spider-Man is set to hit theatres on July 28th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable