- Spider-Man: Homecoming release date: July 7, 2017
- Director: Jon Watts
- Cast: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei
- Writers: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Update: August 17, 2016 - Has the first Spider-Man: Homecoming poster been leaked online?
We might have our first look at what to expect from the Spider-Man: Homecoming promo material with a potential poster leaked online. The image popped up on Instagram and has since been deleted, but you can see below that it shows Spidey in another classic pose. Read the full story here.
Spider-Man: Homecoming movie gives a hero a fresh start
It’s finally happened. After years in the Sony wilderness, Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making his debut in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, with his own film coming in 2017. And yes, it’s another reboot. After Sam Raimi’s trilogy and the mis-firing Amazing Spider-Man do-over, we’re returning for a third crack at Peter Parker’s early days. But this time we’re doing it properly, with Marvel Studios bringing its insight and polish, and making Peter’s non-hero life as much of a focus as his tight-wearing escapades.
But - praise the heavens! - it won’t be an origin story. That stuff was all covered in Civil War, and with very pleasing economy. And after waiting so long, it's safe to say that Marvel is ready to get Spider-Man into the action as fast as it can. Here's everything we know about the web-slinger's upcoming film - now updated with new cast information, set photos, details from the trailer, and some insight into its confirmed title, story and some facts about the original Spider-Man: Homecoming comic.
Spider-Man: Homecoming release date is set for next year
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017 in North America. No word on a UK release date yet, but if anything, expect it to be a couple of days before, as has been the case with the last few major movies from Marvel (and its parent company, Disney, for that matter).
Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is low on action, big on personality
No trailer has officially been released, but one has been shown behind closed doors at San Diego Comic Con. Fortunately, our own Lauren was there, and has a very detailed description, so you can actually watch the whole thing right now, with the power of your imagination (truly the greatest superpower of all).
The footage is largely restricted to high school stuff - the first material the cast and crew shot - but it’s packed with interesting character moments, with a big flash of action toward the end. It sets up Peter’s place within his social group immediately, and also does a great job of establishing Spider-Man right in the middle of the existing MCU.
Spider-Man: Homecoming plot takes Peter Parker back to school
We don’t know the exact Spider-Man: Homecoming story, but we do know the general vibe it’s going for. Picking up after Captain America: Civil War, Peter is now sponsored by Tony Stark, who’s acting as a hero-mentor and tech benefactor for the burgeoning super. Spidey has already been active in New York, working independently for quite some time, but this will be when he takes his first big step up. That said, we’re not looking at cosmic heroics and planet-shattering threats here. Marvel is taking a far more intimate, street-level approach to Spider-Man: Homecoming’s story, focusing around Peter’s hitherto neglected school life and the tribulations of teenage drama as much as supervillain threat. John Hughes movies have been referenced as a major touchstone. That is a very good thing.
Not that this is exactly going to be Degrassi: Crawling Up the Walls. Of course Peter is going to face a big bad external threat to parallel his high school troubles. In this case, it’s going to be the Vulture, historically a brilliant engineer – an obvious parallel to Peter and Tony – who was screwed over by his business partner before eventually switching to a life of crime via a mechanical wing-suit. It’s strongly rumoured that in Spider-Man: Homecoming’s story, the suit will be based upon Chitauri technology left over from the invasion of New York in the first Avengers movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming cast is as varied as they come
We’ll just give you a synopsis here, because we have the full, detailed Spider-Man: Homecoming cast guide sitting elsewhere on the site, just brimming away with fresh, delicious facts. The salient points though, are thus:
Tom Holland is playing Peter Parker and Spider-Man, because they’re the same person and it would be weird otherwise. You’ve already seen him in Captain America: Civil War, so you know that he’s brilliant. Also coming over from Civil War are Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, continuing his role as Peter’s mentor in the ways of technologically enhanced superheroics.
Beyond the folks you’ve seen before, the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast is putting a major focus on Peter’s school life, with a raft of kids filling out a seriously diverse line-up. Established actors and newcomers alike are in place to play established Marvel high schoolers – notorious bully Flash Thompson is being played by The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Tony Revolori – and younger versions of some known characters from later in Spider-Man’s continuity. No official word on Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy yet, though The Nice Guys’ Angourie Rice – in the cast, but role currently unconfirmed - is a good bet for either.
Elsewhere, the adult segment of the cast is filled out with multiple stalwart actors and comedians, ranging from the likes of Bokeem Woodbine and Hannibal Buress to Cagney and Lacey’s Tyne Daly, with Prometheus’ Logan Marshall-Green strongly rumoured to play a villain. But he probably won’t be the main one. But let’s talk about the villain for a moment, shall we?
Spider-Man: Homecoming villain is a winged menace - and probably played by Batman
Spider-Man: Homecoming’s villain is the Vulture. Really. For reals. We know that now, because Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed a great big piece of Vulture concept art at the San Diego Comic Con’s Spider-man: Homecoming presentation. At the same event we got a few more details that fit in with previous rumours, namely that the film is taking a very tech-heavy approach to its realisation of the flapping fiend – resonating with the notion that the suit is a co-production between the Vulture and notorious Marvel invention-bastard the Tinkerer – but one piece of important information was held back: Who’s actually playing the Vulture.
Of course, Michael Keaton has been strongly, strongly rumoured for pretty much ever. And he’d be perfect casting. He’s the right age, has the right look, and can play exactly the right kind of cantankerous brilliance. Interesting point though: Feige confirmed a bunch of the previously rumoured parts played by the younger cast, including a newcomer in a previously unannounced role, but not the person playing the main villain. And the Vulture in that concept art is wearing a mask. Is there a bait and switch going on here? Are we looking at an Iron Man 3-style turnaround? We don’t know. No-one outside Marvel Studios knows. We can’t tell you everything. And why do you want it all spoiled anyway? You weirdo.
Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos reveal wall climbing and goon-throwing
Despite the relatively early nature of filming, there are actually quite a lot of these knocking around. And they show off a fair bit of exciting stuff. Okay, the first set were pretty generic, ‘people walking around a film set’ affairs, but we also now have hard, documented evidence of Spidey launching a thief into the air – with accompanying video – and an extreme close-up wall-crawl, that gives a very good look at Peter’s new, entirely mechanical, Stark-collaborated web-shooters.
Spider-Man: Homecoming logo is a giddy throwback to comic book flair
This is the Spider-Man: Homecoming logo. It’s really, really cool. Notice the dynamic, freeform, distinctly comic booky font. Notice the brash, breezy, ‘70s-style colours. Notice the awesome little bug-eyed Spidey logo in the ‘O’ at the bottom. Everything about it screams fun, exuberance, and youth. That’s exactly what Spider-Man: Homecoming seems to be going for, and as such the logo feels like an immediate statement of intent.
Spider-Man: Homecoming suit design follows straight on from Civil War
Here’s the current Spider-Man: Homecoming suit. It looks pretty similar to the version seen in Captain America: Civil War, first revealed in that movie’s trailer, albeit a bit more wrinkly and a bit less shiny. The mechanical eye-lenses are present and correct, as are the darker strips of detailing around the arms, running down to the wrist-mounted web-shooters, and it maintains all the finer, ‘panel’ style detailing over the blue material. It’s still very much the tech-enhanced, modern MCU suit, with equal parts of Peter Parker and Iron Man running through it. Will this be the final Spider-Man: Homecoming costume though? After all, with Peter working with Tony Stark on tech, there’s every chance it will go through multiple iterations and refinements throughout the film.
But please, Tony, let’s not get too experimental. You might want to avoid playing around with any black, alien goo. Remember, you thought Ultron was a good idea once, too.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comic might not have much bearing on the movie
Now that the MCU is running at full momentum, many of Marvel’s bigger comic book stories are being adapted. The Avengers’ buildup to Infinity War has been simmering away for years, Ultron has had his age, and obviously Civil War was a major turning point for the movies’ narrative this May. But what of Spider-Man: Homecoming? Because the title of the movie is very much lifted from a Spider-Man story from 1984.
Well actually, it seems that there’s going to be very little direct adaptation going on. The Homecoming comic is a story from Spider-Man’s later career, set around the Secret Wars arc, and featuring a whole bunch of latter-era Spider-Man villains and Avengers. And the black suit. There’s very little chance that any of this is going to make it into the movie. So why the title? Well it’s probably just a cheeky little in-joke from Marvel. This is, after all, the first properly Marvel-produced Spider-Man movie, co-developed with Sony in order to wrestle the Spidey rights back from external production companies and bring the company’s most famous hero back into the fold. So with the Homecoming title in Marvel’s archive, why not?