One of the big joys of the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming is getting to see Spider-Man finally interact with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why it was such a thrill to see him swing down a Queens street alongside Iron Man in a shot that appears in almost every trailer. Well, even though Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is a major part of Homecoming, that particular moment between them that never happens in the actual film.
ScreenCrush spoke to Homecoming director Jon Watts about the latest MCU film, and mentioned two memorable shots from the trailers that didn’t make it into the movie — Spidey’s jaunt with Iron Man and a scene of Vulture swooping down into a hotel Atrium. Watts explained that they didn’t make the final cut of the movie because they were never meant to be in the movie.
“The hotel atrium shot was originally created for Comic-Con, for like a sizzle reel before we had really shot anything; we had shot like two weeks of footage or something,” Watts explained, adding that they did use the same angle for Vulture’s entrance in the movie, it’s just set in a different place.
As for Spider-Man and Iron Man’s Queens flyby? Watt’s explains:
I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together. And they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great — the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like “Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.” Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there.
“I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot,” he added. “It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.