How times change. Just two years ago, everyone was so bummed out by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that the thought of another movie starring Marvel’s wall-crawling superhero felt like a chore. And then Marvel Studios and Sony reached a deal, Tom Holland become the new Peter Parker, and the brand new Spider-Man swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a supporting player in Captain America: Civil War and somehow managed to make us forget about the previous reboot of this character. We superhero movie fans be sheep, but at least we’re sheep who know what we want.
After being teased the other day, the first Spider-Man Homecoming trailer has officially arrived, giving us our first look at the first solo adventure of the new Spidey.
In addition to Holland, Spider-Man Homecoming will also feature the great Michael Keaton as the winged villain known as Adrian Toomes (better known as the classic Spider-Man villain, the Vulture), Jon Favreau as “Happy” Hogan (finally breaking out of the Iron Man movies), and Robert Downey Jr. himself as Tony Stark, who seems to be making a habit out of arming his young superhero protégé with expensive technology. Donald Glover plays an unspecified role while Bokeem Woodbine plays an unspecified villain.
While Marvel Studios has developed a fine-tuned engine that has turned making solid comic book adaptations into a science, Spider-Man: Homecoming is a massive step upwards for director Jon Watts, who won the gig on the strength of his (very good) 2015 thriller, Cop Car.
The best Marvel Studios films are those that hit the usual beats while also carrying a piece of the filmmakers’ souls (see: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Doctor Strange), so hopefully Homecoming will be as much a Watts movie as it is a Marvel movie.
The film is set to open on July 7, 2017.