Ever since Sony and Marvel Studios agreed to share the rights of Spider-Man on the big screen, fans have pined for an earnestly successful and well-made Spidey film. While Spider-Man 1 and 2 were fun, embracing the more silly side of comics, all the films that come after are beyond bad, some leaning into the so-bad-it’s-good territory. And with Peter Parker being introduced shortly in Captain America: Civil War, it was only a matter of time until we caught wind of Marvel’s bigger plans with our favorite webhead, namely a 2017 solo film. But what do we know about the summer blockbuster hopeful, and how does it inform what we’re likely to see?
The name of the film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is rather telling right off the bat, as there’s a storyline that shares the same name. While there are many elements in the story that won’t translate to the film adaptation, such as the inclusion of the Venom suit, there are some cues that we can glean from this, namely that it will be more of a coming-of-age tale, as is akin to many Spider-Man stories. While in the comic Spidey is returning from the Secret Wars event, it’s fair to assume that we’ll see Parker struggle with the events of Civil War and growing into his own powers, as he’s a rather new hero on the scene.
A familiar face will be there to help him, though, as Robert Downey Jr. has already been confirmed as appearing in some capacity as Tony Stark/Iron Man. How major his role will be isn’t clear, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he was to take on a mentor role, guiding Peter through his transformation to the hero he becomes.
Two other actors have been confirmed to appear as well. First, Laura Harrier of One Life to Live fame has taken on a “significant role” in the film, although exactly what is unclear. And second, Tony Revolori, best known for his role as the Bellboy in The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be acting as a student studying alongside Peter Parker. Whether he’ll be a Flash Thompson-esque character is unclear, although I’d assume he’d be more of a best friend figure akin to Ganke from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics that feature the Miles Morales iteration.
Lastly, Michael Keaton has been rumored to be the villain, whom many suspect could be the Vulture. However, this was disproven rather quickly, as Marvel Studios is uncertain they can make a deal that can meet the actor’s terms. I would have loved to see Keaton return to the superhero scene, especially after his fantastic performance in Birdman, but alas, it was not to be. But it does beg the question, will we be seeing the Vulture’s cinematic debut or the appearance of one of Spidey’s various other adversaries?
Luckily, we won’t have to wait much longer to get our first taste of what the new Spider-Man will be like, which will hopefully provide some much-needed insight on the direction of this project.