Movies often come with a barrage of deleted scenes but Spider-Man: Homecoming has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Not only are some of these ridiculously funny, there are some great callbacks to previous MCU adventures, as well as a big hint at Spider-Man’s future.
You can see every deleted scene above, but here are details of each clip left on the cutting room floor:
- Donald Glover’s character, Aaron Davis, getting stuck to his car and calling his nephew Miles (Morales of Ultimate Spider-Man fame) to apologise for not meeting up with him.
- Peter goes swinging in New York (complete with hilariously awful CGI stand-in animation).
- More car trouble: Vulture’s goons this time waiting around for Spidey’s web to dissolve.
- The webhead totally inconspicuously (maybe not…) staking out a building.
- Several skits of Midtown High’s news channel, featuring several awkward camera cuts and roughly a billion Betty Brant eye rolls. It’s great fun. There’s features on selfies with Spider-Man, guesses on who Spider-Man might be and, uhh, a big update on the cafeteria’s new sneeze guard. Check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron Sokovian reference too.
- Liz begging Peter to re-join the academic team before Nationals, ending with another concerned MJ look.
- Ned asking Peter – who was on the phone to Happy – if he was talking to Thor.
- In the same scene, MJ puts on her tinfoil hat and ponders whether the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier really involved Cap going rogue.
- Happy calls his mum and reveals his first name… Harold!
- Ned and Peter showing off their secret handshake for a second time on the street of New York.
- Vulture phoning his daughter, Liz, and succumbing to the stresses of supervillainy by throwing over a shelf. We’ve all been there.
So, what do they all mean? As always, there are some neat ties to the Marvel universe as large. Cap’s status as an all-round good guy is still intact, despite Michelle’s suspicions (though it throws up a few timeline inconsistencies). A lot of it, however, is just really fun filler or redundant scenes, even if it was nice to see that secret handshake again.
The big news, though (apart from that sneeze guard, natch) was the inclusion of Miles Morales. For those not in the know, Miles Morales is Spidey himself in the Ultimate Spider-Man series of comics – so don’t be surprised to see him be passed the webbed torched by Peter Parker further down the line.