When speaking about a live-action Spider-Man, the character’s involvement in movies and television (for those old enough to remember) has varied, but all the same beats remain. Sometimes he’s a teen, but he has always been portrayed as somewhat awkward, a photographer, and able to crawl on walls. Since 1977 when Nicholas Hammond put on the tights for the CBS television show, we have had our fair share of Spider-Man (men?) over the proceeding 39 years.
Cobbled together with aspects of the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield versions of the character, we’ve seen what Spider-Man could be. Maguire brought the awkwardness and emotion while Garfield brought the teen angst and action. So between the two iterations, I’ve been happy with Spider-Man movies (other than most of the villains). So what more could they possibly do with this character that we haven’t seen before (same argument with Batman as well) over the years? It hasn’t been perfect, but I’ve been satisfied.
That was until I saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sometimes it’s the small things that cause the biggest ripples. The accent, the humor, and the fact we finally have an honest to god teen playing the character (I take that back, he’s 20…close enough). Tom Holland looks 100% perfect to play Spider-Man and I feel like it’s hard to remember those other Spider-Man movies existed.
Take a look here…
This looks to balance the action-packed adventure of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and the ins-and-outs of teenagers navigating high school. I am so on board.
Thank you Marvel for bailing Sony out and making a great movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters July 7, 2017.