Yesterday we showed you the trailer preview for Spider-Man: Homecoming, with the full trailer set to arrive later today. While we wait for the footage to debut tonight during Jimmy Kimmel Live, a photo has also surfaced, featuring Tom Holland in his full Spider-Man costume, along with more details from the actor himself. We also get some new insight into Peter's burgeoning relationship with his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who has given his costume an upgrade, along with details about the primary villain, Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Last month, unused concept art from Captain America: Civil War showed that the Spider-Man beacon Tony Stark gave Peter Parker initially included a social media function. A message from Tony Stark asked Peter to swing by Avengers Tower for some costume upgrades. That bit was apparently saved for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan has arranged for Peter to get his new costume in a hotel room, a suit that has webbed wings built in. While we don't get to see these wings in action here, USA Today spoke with Tom Holland, who says fans will see a much different version of Spider-Man this time around.
"This is really a movie where Spider-Man's not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It's nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes."
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teases that, with Tony Stark's upgraded suit, Spider-Man, "can do a lot more than he even realizes right now," adding that fans "begin to see just how much Tony Stark loves bells and whistles." Kevin Feige also confirmed that, along with the first domestic trailer, there will be an international trailer debuting tonight, featuring "all-new footage and lines not contained in the domestic trailer." The producer added that he thought it would be fun for fans to see both versions, so stay tuned for both of these trailers later on tonight. This report also reveals that Peter Parker is attending a high school for "gifted kids," with Tom Holland teasing that the movie is, "more a character piece about this kid who's struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city." The movie begins with Peter Parker returning to his normal life in Queens, in his sophomore year of high school. Here's what co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll had to say.
"He literally just went to Europe with the coolest clique of them all. And now he's back with the academic decathlon and the mathletes and going, 'What am I doing here?'"
The confirmation that Peter Parker is a high school sophomore may lend credence to some earlier rumors, which claimed that Spider-Man: Homecoming will kick off a new trilogy, with each film representing a year of his high school career. We have also known from the get-go that this reboot will skip the origin story involving the radioactive spider and the death of Uncle Ben. It was recently confirmed that Michael Keaton is playing the villainous Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. Vulture, who Tom Holland teases is quite horrifying from the moment he's introduced.
"The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It's like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking."
Long before Vulture was confirmed, there had been rumors that Vulture would become the villain for this standalone Spidey film, and it seems that the studio's approach to villains may have changed a bit with this movie. Director Jon Watts revealed that Vulture mirrors Peter Parker's quest, in that they are both normal people who become something much bigger, albeit on different ends of the spectrum. Here's what the director had to say below.
"It's fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there's got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too."
The supporting cast includes Zendaya playing a character named Michelle, while Tony Revolori is playing Flash Thompson, Jacob Batalon is playing Ned Leeds and Laura Harrier is playing Liz Allan. Jon Watts directs from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing. Take a look at the new photo from Spider-Man: Homecoming, and keep your eyes peeled for the first trailer debuting later tonight, with Jimmy Kimmel kicking things of on ABC at 11:35 pm EST/PST.