Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN Gets Title, Logo
Last week, Spider-Man: Homecoming surfaced as a a possible title for Marvel Studio’s Spider-Man solo feature – and now a Sony Pictures presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas has revealed the film’s official title and logo. “Throughout the story Peter is trying to find his true identity and where he fits into the world,” said star Tom Holland, the actor portraying Peter Parker in his newest cinematic iteration.
Though Sony Pictures retains Spider-Man’s screen rights – the studio obtained the rights to Marvel Comics’ flagship character in 1999 – the studio announced a partnership with Disney-owned Marvel Studios in February 2015, which would find Marvel Studios producing the webhead’s next film. With Spider-Man now an official part of the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe – Tom Holland makes his debut as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War next month – Feige, Marvel Studios’ president and producer, recently revealed that Spidey’s next flick will have Marvel taking the creative charge.
“We’re working very much [together]. It is a— I don’t know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film,” Feige shared. “The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony Chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in [Captain America: Civil War], and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.”
That film, directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and scripted by John Frances Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation reboot), has been deemed by Feige as carrying a tone reminiscent of that of a John Hughes movie. “The thing that everyone keeps saying is that it’s sort of like the John Hughes version of Spider-Man, which I think is a really cool take on it,” Watts said. “He’s in high school, and the questions that that raises I think we haven’t explored as much as we can. In the comics so much of it was about him juggling his high school life and trying to be a superhero. I think there’s a lot to do there.”
“This one will be really grounded, about a real kid who gets these powers and what that means with a geeky, outcast kid and how he deals with them,” said Goldstein of Marvel’s take on Spider-Man, which finds 15 year old Peter Parker in high school. “You don’t instantly become a superhero, it’s a long journey. [Peter Parker] is spending a lot more time in high school. And so we have time to sort of develop the powers with him and experience the wish fulfillment. And also just the fact that it’s really alienating to other people.”
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” Feige said of Marvel’s aims for the project. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
Feige took the time to reiterate that Peter’s origin story won’t be a focus of Marvel’s, saying, “We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching,” he noted. “However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was. We’ve seen it a number of times now, it’s its own well-known mythology. So we said, let’s reveal that there’s been a Spider-Man in the MCU and we meet him, as you see, in [Civil War].”
“There are events that made Peter who he was, and we’ll certainly allude to those events, but we’re much more focused on his future and how he continues to grow and have a steep learning curve after, certainly, the adventure he had in Civil War on how to be his own hero,” Feige concluded.
While we still aren’t privy to either the plot or the film’s main villain, previous comments made by Feige suggest a smaller-scale Spider-Man film: “What’s fun about a Spider-Man movie for us… Inside Out had the biggest stakes of any movie this summer,” Feige said in 2015. “Stakes don’t need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn’t work small. But sometimes the stakes can just be ‘Will this little girl grow up to be healthy and well put-together, or are there too many issues for her to overcome?’ That’s huge! That overrides a threat to reality itself. And I think Spider-Man straddles that line in a fun way in his comics. What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as ‘This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die’ or ‘You don’t get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.’”
“Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death,” Feige continued. “Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death. The stakes are high at that age.”
More recently, Birth.Movies.Death reports that the Vulture – alias Adrian Toomes, a crooked inventor who crafts his own pair of wings to carry out his criminal actions – will appear in the upcoming film. It’s unknown if the Vulture will be the main baddie or a throwaway villain saved for the opening scene (akin to Scarecrow’s appearance in opening minutes of The Dark Knight), though I’d guess – as a longtime Spider-Man fan – that a more cinematic and visually impressive villain will headline as the film’s central big bad. The Vulture has always been more at home serving as a member of the Sinister Six alongside Spider-Man’s other, deadlier foes, though he could be used however briefly to immediately establish what has always been the key angle of Spidey’s relationship with the Vulture: youth versus age.
When the wallcrawler first encountered the high-flying baddie in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #2, our hero was a rookie, fifteen year old superhero – going against a weathered old man in a green harness resembling the visage of a bird. I’d guess Toomes, should he appear, would be dispatched and used as a means of showing Peter’s daily life as a young crime fighter, with the film’s main villain – Scorpion? Mysterio? – being the more big-summer-movie-worthy of the two. But if Spider-Man: Homecoming is relatively smaller scale, more intimate, and with more personal stakes, the Vulture would serve just fine as a villain to wreak havoc in Spider-Man’s life – thus affecting and disrupting Peter Parker’s high school kid life as a result.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7th, 2017. Spider-Man makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, out May 6th.