Spider-Man: Homecoming: filming wraps, rumours of non-superpowered villains, and everything you need to know

Fast Facts:

  • 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

The 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 info, set photos, story details, on-set stunt work, and what appears to be a hefty chunk of Avengers involvement. 

The Spider-Man: Homecoming release date is set for next year 

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017 in North America so we have a while to wait until we see the web-slinger in cinemas. No word on a UK release date yet, but if anything, expect it to be a couple of days earlier, as has been the case with the last few major movies from Marvel (and its parent company, Disney, for that matter). Production on the movie has just recently wrapped which means it's time to head to the studio for editing.  

The majority of filming was done in Atlanta - partly because the Porsche facility that stands in for the Avengers base is there, and partly because Georgia has delicious, delicious tax breaks for film-making - but the final leg moved to New York to shoot a few scenes on Spidey's home turf. That's all done now though, as Tom Holland confirmed with this photo:

Our last day on @spidermanhomecoming and this how we are feeling but we got this hahah :joy:

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Oct 2, 2016 at 4:06pm PDT

The Spider-Man: Homecoming logo is a giddy throwback to comic book flair

This is the Spider-Man: Homecoming logo. It's one of the first things we ever saw related to the movie and 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's poster puts fun (and Spidey) front and centre 

And we (possibly) have our first look at the Spider-Man: Homecoming poster. At least we hope we do, because this one is brilliant. Allegedly leaked onto Instagram by FrightRags in mid-August, this sheet might in truth be more of a promo image than a full-blown cinema poster, but if this is the tone Marvel is going for, then we fully approve. A big focus on colour and character. No messing about in the composition. Just a big-ass, full-frame Spider-Man having fun doing a quintessential Spider-Man thing. Please let this one be legit.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is low on action, big on personality 

No trailer has officially been released, but some footage was shown behind closed doors at San Diego Comic Con 2016. 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). Here's an extract:

The footage opens with a retro-style intro complete with colourful, angular shapes taken straight from the ‘80s floating around, and a Joan Jett soundtrack. Old school photos of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, and the rest of the MCU’s heroes fly across the screen. They’re actually old (and hilarious!) photos of the actors, but the point is obvious: they all had to start somewhere before becoming superheroes. That’s when the screen opens onto a young Peter Parker walking the halls of his high school surrounded by his fellow students.

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. 

Enjoy the full description of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer here.

We were told, We listened, We ignored! #spidermanhomecoming #squad #family

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Aug 11, 2016 at 11:08am PDT

Spider-Man: Homecoming's plot takes Peter Parker back to school 

We don’t know the exact Spider-Man: Homecoming story the movie will be based upon, 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.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming cast is as varied as they come 

We’ll just give you a round-up 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.

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. Mary Jane Watson is obviously in the mix (more on her below) - though it’s far from certain that she’ll be the love-interest - as are the likes of Peter’s later Daily Bugle colleague Ned Leeds (played by newcomer Jacob Batalon), and close friend of MJ's Liz Allan (played by The Last Five Years' Laura Harrier). 

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 and Far Cry 3 and Better Call Saul star Michael Mando. Yeah, Vas is in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Prometheus’ Logan Marshall-Green has also been strongly rumoured to play another villain, but we’ll get to the Spider-Man: Homecoming villains in just a sec. First, there’s one really important piece of character casting we need to talk about. 

Team Spidey ❤️ #spidermanhomecoming #comiccon

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Jul 24, 2016 at 9:29am PDT

Spider-Man: Homecoming's Mary Jane Watson is Zendaya

She’s been in the cast list for ages, but only recently has Zendaya's role been confirmed. Yes, this is your new Mary Jane Watson. The singer, actress, and Disney Channel alumni is officially Peter Parker’s main lady - though given what we’ve heard about their dynamic in Spider-Man: Homecoming so far, it’s likely that their relationship will be a slow-burn affair, especially if Angourie Rice is indeed playing Peter’s first love, Betty Brandt, as rumoured. 

But yes, excellent casting by Marvel. Obviously Zendaya breaks with the traditional MJ look, but who cares? This is a movie set in 2016 Queens, New York, and early footage of MJ and Peter together - both official and unofficial - is excellent. If you read our coverage of the Spider-Man: Homecoming footage at SDCC above, you know that MJ will be adopting a much more grudge look this time around and she's not afraid to give Peter a hard time. Think, less girl next door, and more, the girl you want to have your back in the fight. Perfect. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming's 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 San Diego Comic Con. 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? Weirdo. 

Actually, there are two more Spider-Man: Homecoming villains

The Tinkerer and the Shocker, to be precise. Word is that the former supplies technology to both Shocker and Vulture alike. The Tinkerer is confirmed as being played by Orange is the New Black’s Michael Chernus, while the big money is currently on the Shocker being Bokeem Woodbine’s as-yet unconfirmed role. As for the story that brings them all together? Word is that this version of the Tinkerer is an ex-Stark Industries employee who pledges to tool up the two villains in order to prove that Tony was wrong for firing him. You know, rather than tidying up his LinkedIn profile and getting a hot new job. 

As for the Shocker? His exact role is currently unknown, but we do have on-set photos of the character in costume. Which involves a mask. Which does not make it at all clear whether Bokeem Woodbine is in the costume. But hey, it doesn’t prove that he isn’t either. 

There's also been recent rumours flying around that Peter Parker will face a "non-superpowered" villain in his solo outing, which could mean we've got a Zemo in Civil War situation on our hands, or the rumours are referring to a more mundane, everyday villain. It is set in high school after all. Flash Thompson (played by Tony Revolori) is Peter’s first major bully in the young superhero encounters, so he would make a good candidate for this non-superpowered baddie, but in truth, it could be anyone right now. 

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Avengers links are getting bigger and bigger  

Obviously Tony Stark and Peter Parker are going to have a strong bond going forward, but Iron Man’s importance in Spidey’s life is already leading to some big, explicit links between Homecoming and the existing Marvel movies. We know that Tony will be visiting Peter in New York, as revealed by this shot of a Stark-plated car on Parker’s home turf. We also know that said car will probably be driven by Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan, who hasn’t been seen on-screen since Iron Man 3, but who has recently been confirmed as appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And perhaps most telling of all, we have this photo of Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon - who plays Peter’s school friend Ned Leeds - on the roof of the Porsche facility in Atlanta that doubles up as the new Avengers’ base from Age of Ultron onwards. Why are they there, then?

We know that the whole early portion of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s filming happened in Atlanta. That implies a lot of Avengers-related content, with Peter probably spending a good period of time over at the grown-up superheroes’ HQ with Tony, getting tooled up and trained. Montage, please!

The A team! @hazosterfield @lifeisaloha

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Sep 15, 2016 at 11:21am PDT

The Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos reveal a lot. Of everything

Thanks to Tom Holland's impressive Instagram ethic, there's actually a lot of Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos knocking around. In fact, I'm quite surprised Marvel and Disney haven't banned all his social media because, while he's very good at avoiding spoilers, they like to keep things super secretive, and they show off a fair bit of exciting stuff. 

Okay, the first set pictures 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. But actually, forget that one, this one is even better:

And then there are the candid shots - of varying degrees of drama - of Peter hurriedly changing into his Spider-Man suit, and two stunt doubles performing a very hairy helicopter-based rescue scene. For all the high-school focus, Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t going to be skimping when it comes to scale. Note though, how the rescuee is using her phone to take a selfie as she gets hoisted to safety. Yes, this movie is set in 2016, alright. 

But want something even more dramatic? Want Peter going a bit Batman? Fine then. Here’s a set shot, posted by Holland, of him doing the other, decidedly more ‘90s superhero pose. Care to comment, Deadpool? 

Thank you to @georgejcottle and his amazing team for making me look like a badass. #spidermanhomecoming #stunts

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Sep 1, 2016 at 1:51pm PDT

Spider-Man: Homecoming's costume 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. 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.

The 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’ build-up 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? 

First night in queens and it feels like home already #spidermanhomecoming

A photo posted by @tomholland2013 on Sep 27, 2016 at 8:52am PDT

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