Right now, the hype around Spider-Man: Homecoming seems to be stronger than usual for a Spider-Man film, and possibly because fans have, for the first time in a long time, an untempered excitement about the thought of seeing the Spider-Man high school movie they’ve been waiting their entire lives for. Set in the same universe as the Avengers no less, which has already proven to be something truly fantastic for the character in Captain America: Civil War.
Kevin Feige, Jon Watts, and even Tom Holland himself haven’t been shy about promoting the film over the past few months either, focusing heavily on the film’s high school setting and tone, with the creative team hoping to recapture the same kind of tone as that of a John Hughes movie. Judging by the footage shown at San Diego Comic-Con as well, I’d say they’ve done a pretty good job of it so far.
While speaking with Collider about the film also, Feige said that he could see the Spider-Man franchise becoming something like the Harry Potter films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with each film following Peter Parker during a different year of his life:
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film. Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
I see what Feige is saying here, and it’s nice to know that he and the rest of the team at Marvel and Sony aren’t planning on skipping to Peter’s high school graduation any time soon either. It should be noted though, that the Spider-Man films have a difficult history of making it past two good films in their respective franchise attempts, but with the right creative team behind the helm, I could 100% see Peter facing a different life challenge in each of his high school years, and making each villain representative of those issues for himself as well.
Right now, it seems like the sky’s the limit for this iteration of Spider-Man, Marvel’s golden boy, and I don’t think I’d be too far off in saying that fans are probably just excited to tag along for the ride at this point. Whether the franchise ends up being a flagship franchise in the MCU or not.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to July 7th, 2017.
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