As promised, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was released last night, giving fans their first good glimpse at the superhero’s upcoming solo flick. It didn’t blow our hair back in the way, say, the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War did. But it provided enough laughs and action to whet our appetites.
So, what’s actually going on in the trailer? Glad you asked.
We start up by seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man stopping a small-time crime. A group of robbers stroll up to an ATM equipped with some weird gadgets. What happened to the more rudimentary tools of yesteryear?
Anyway, there’s some sort of laser and grabber thing, which allows them to pull the machine right out of the wall. Spider-Man isn’t too impressed. And he isn’t fooled by their Avengers masks.
“Sup guys! Wait a minute, you guys aren’t the real Avengers. I can tell, Hulk gives it away.”
Spider-Man has always been a wise-cracker and Tom Holland nails it. A fun fight ensues as Spider-Man displays his agility and strength. “That was awesome!”
When Peter isn’t fighting, he’s just a regular kid who attends high school and pines after girls. Not only do we get a look at his crush, Liz Allan (Laura Harrier), but the Homecoming banner is a nice callback to the movie’s title. I see what you did there!
Marvel has said that Homecoming will basically be a John Hughes movie and the trailer does its best to establish that Peter is just a normal kid trying to grapple with his newfound superpowers. Him and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) sit in the cafeteria and ponder a new outfit worn by Liz.
“We should probably stop staring before it gets creepy,” Peter says.
“Too late,” a classmate responds. “You guys are losers.”
The classmate just so happens to be a character named Michelle, who is being played by Zendaya. Marvel has said that Michelle isn’t intended to be a love interest but a sarcastic intellectual who ends up befriending Parker and Leeds.
“So, to become an Avenger, are there like trials?” Peter asks Tony Stark.
“Just don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. And definitely don’t do anything I would do. There’s a little grey area in there and that’s where you operate.”
Whether Stark likes it or not, he has become Parker’s mentor, and maybe even a father figure. Later in the trailer he tries to talk Parker out of spending his time fighting crime and instead focus on his studies. Isn’t Tony the one who just recruited Parker to fight in Civil War?
Tony leans over and the two embrace… but that’s not what Tony intended. “That’s not a hug. I’m just grabbing the door for you.” It’s a nice moment of levity during one of the trailer’s more “serious” scenes.
We cut back to Parker in high school, looking all glum. In the background, over Peter’s right shoulder (our left) you can see Howard Stark in the mural. When we see Peter in class (watching himself in Civil War), a photo of Bruce Banner makes an appearance next to other famous scientists.
Tony’s voiceover sympathizes with Peter’s plight; he knows Peter wants to go out and fight crime but apparently thinks he’s not ready yet. And, as we see when he encounters Michael Keaton’s Vulture, that may be true.
In his Spider-Man costume, Peter is shown crawling on the ceiling of his bedroom, much to the delight of Ned, who DROPS THE LEGO DEATH STAR, shattering it into a million pieces.
“You’re the Spider-Man,” Ned says.
“No, I’m not. This is just a costume,” Peter responds, clearly caught.
We see Spider-Man crawling up the Washington Monument, and then we get our first good look at the Vulture, who looks absolutely terrifying.
Tony urges Peter to forget about the “flying monster guy,” saying “there are people who handle this sort of thing.” Is that a hint at the Agents of Shield? Or is Tony making a more opaque reference to the Avengers? Whenever Tony is around, Happy Hogan is not far behind.
“I’m sick of him treating me like a kid all the time,” Peter says. That’s surely going to be a major theme of the movie. Tony says Peter isn’t ready, Peter gets in over his head, something bad happens, Tony comes to the rescue. Lesson learned.
Peter leaps from the Washington Monument and spreads his new web wings, a recent gift from Tony.
We cut through a few more shots and see someone, maybe the Tinkerer, shooting some kind of super weapon. Donald Glover’s Hobie Brown watches on. We don’t know much about either of these characters although in the comics Brown is a thief who eventually turns good.
A school bus slam into Spidey, who looks like he’s wearing his old, homemade costume. Maybe the movie jump between current Spider-Man and a Spider-Man who just started fighting crime?
The Vulture threatens Spider-Man.
“Don’t mess with me, because I will kill you and everybody you love,” he says.
A battered Peter is seen lying on the beach, still in his older suit. Either these are somehow flashbacks or perhaps Tony took the suit back because Peter wouldn’t stop using it.
The trailer concludes with Spider-Man being torn in two different directions. No doubt reflective of his life as a normal teen and his urge to fight crime. There’s also a nicer shot at the end of Spider-Man and Iron Man springing into action.
As a first trailer, a lot is established: the tone, setting, plots, and humor. It’s awesome to see Peter casually waltzing around with Tony Stark, and it’s also great to see Iron Man and Spider-Man fighting together.
It’s unclear just how much of Iron Man we’ll actually see. This is Spider-Man’s movie after all. But we can’t wait for more.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on June 7, 2017.