Before the release of Captain America: Civil War, many fans seemed to be a bit burnt out on Spider-Man. Not because they didn't love him anymore, but as the character was heading for a third reboot, it just started to feel like a bit much. And then Tom Holland showed up on screen and we were all on board again. In recent weeks, we have been getting a flurry of casting news for Spider-Man: Homecoming and now the film's director Jon Watts has opened up a bit about the movie and more specifically, the cast.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Jon Watts, who has been pretty quiet up to this point, talked quite a bit about the movie, though he was shy on specific details. The cast for Homecoming is looking like it will be fairly diverse and the director talked a bit about that and the reasoning for it. To him, it was just logical and was a reflection of the environment that Peter Parker lives in.
"Peter Parker goes to high school in Queens, and Queens is one of-if not the-most diverse places in the world. So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like."
The cast for the film has exploded recently with Michael Keaton aboard the film as the villain, which was more or less confirmed by Watts in a Tweet a few weeks ago. The news also just broke that Silicon Valley star Martin Starr and Logan-Marshall Green have also joined up with Holland for Homecoming. But the most buzzed about casting by far was that of Donald Glover, who is rumored to be in talks for an unspecified role in the movie. Though Watts couldn't clear things up, he did at least address it.
"I can't talk about anything like that! That would have been so amazing, if I'd just completely spilled some secret like that by accident. I probably can't say anything. There's a little sniper dot on me at all times, just in case. They'll hit me with a tranq dart."
Many fans were quick to speculate that Glover would be playing the other Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Ever since the young, half-black, half-hispanic character debuted in 2011, fans have pretty much been dying to see him and his black and red suit on the big screen. Glover voices Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series and he was being petitioned for the role in The Amazing Spider-Man before it went to Andrew Garfield. No matter who Glover is playing, he does add some talent and diversity to the cast.
We have heard a lot about the tone of Spider-Man: Homecoming, even though we don't know much about the actual story. We know that it is going to be taking place in a high school setting and is said to have a "John Hughes" vibe to it. According to Watts, this is going to allow them to explore some new territory that previous Spider-Man movies haven't been able to.
"It's been really fun to just look for things that none of the other Spider-Man movies have really explored before, and decide if that's something we want to work into that. And really making it a high school movie, and committing to that, and not having that just be the beginning of the movie. The John Hughes sort of tone. When you're looking at it through that prism, it really opens up the door to a lot of possibilities."
We still have about a year before Homecoming hits theaters, so Watts will probably have to keep quiet about major details for a while longer. But the movie is ramping up for production and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange already confirmed to have a presence at San Diego Comic Con this year, don't be surprised if we get a showing for Spider-Man: Homecoming as well. Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for a July 7, 2017 release.