Tom Holland was announced as our latest Spider-Man over the summer. It’s a role that every third-most-attractiveactor will get to play at some point in their lives, considering the wild number of reboots and sequels, and Holland’s debut is coming during Captain America: Civil War wherein we know he totally steals Cap’s big manly shield — and then narrows his eyes through his costume, somehow. Then, he gets his own film in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Speaking with Kevin Feige at the Captain America: Civil War junket, he told Slashfilm why it was important to show Spider-Man as a kid:
“We wanted to show a much younger Spidey, in contrast to our other heroes, a Spidey who as was he was in the early 60s, when he was first created in the Marvel bullpen was totally different from the Marvel heroes. The other heroes don’t have to worry about homework. They don’t have to worry about being home at a certain time. That’s what makes Spider-Man Spider-Man. We also wanted to let audiences know he’s already Spider-Man; he’s been Spider-Man for a little while when we meet him. There wasn’t the expectation we’d tell an origin. I think everybody in the world already knows.”
There’s something very cool about this angle, and maybe it’s okay that at least one member of the MCU has a bed-time and girl problems that don’t involve assassins. We hope that the title of the film refers to the school dance Spidey needs to secure a date for.
Spider-Man: Homecoming recently cast actress and singer Zendaya as Michelle, a character whose purpose in the film is currently unknown. Zendaya will star opposite Holland and Marisa Tomei in the reboot. The film opens in theaters July 7th, 2017.