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Is your spider-sense tingling? If you’ve got any sort of geek cred at all, that tingly feeling actually should have begun last year when you were introduced to actor Tom Holland as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. By this point it should only be intensifying with the release of the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As revealed, Michael Keaton (who brought Batman to the big screen for the first time in 1989) is offering up a chilling portrayal of the Vulture, AKA Adrian Toomes, who runs a New York salvaging company and also has equipped himself with a set of mechanical wings. According to director Jon Watts, “Toomes is different from other villains like Thanos and Ultron. It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too.”
For his part, Keaton has noted, “There’s a B-story to this guy that’s kind of really interesting and really relevant… This director’s a very bright guy and he wanted to bring this issue out. A lot of people are going to like him more than they probably want to, would be my guess.”
Also revealed in the trailer is the fact that Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man is continuing the mentoring of Spidey’s alter-ego, Peter Parker, that began in Civil War. By all indications, though, it seems that that mentorship is definitely going to hit some rough spots, largely because Peter is in such a rush to be a hero.
Important to Watts is the fact that Spider-Man: Homecoming is as much a high school drama as it is a superhero adventure. “It’s a straight-up high school movie,” he says. “It’s about a fifteen year old kid. I always describe it that this is the ground level of the Marvel Universe. We know what it’s like to be a billionaire playboy inventor, and we know what it’s like to be an alien god from another dimension, we learned what it was like to go into the astral plane, and we’re also going to see what it’s like to have just finished going through puberty and being in tenth grade.”
This whole experience has been surreal for Holland. “It’s a dream come true,” he enthuses. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to be introduced than I was in Civil War, and the Russo Brothers [who directed] did it so perfectly. I think in Spider-Man: Homecoming you’re going to see a Peter Parker you’ve never seen before. We’re going to see a kid who’s trying to do his algebra homework, but also trying to make New York a safer place, so it’s a really fun balance between the two.”
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