How Jon Watts Changed The Visual Approach To ‘Spider-Man’

Spider-Man: Homecoming has a lowest budget for a Spider-Man movie since Sam Raimi’s 2002 movie, and a big part of that is because director Jon Watts opted to take a more practical approach with the character. Watts explained why he went for a less digital approach than his predecessors and what kind of camera work he employed with the film.

Watts took note that Spider-Man’s costume is practical in most of the movie’s shots (with the exception to the mask’s eye lenses, which are digitally-edited to shift and change depending on the situation), and that keeping the suit “real” was important for the story they were trying to tell. Watts also noted that he wanted to avoid having epic, sweeping shots in order to make the film feel as close to Peter Parker as possible:

“I wanted it to always be shot as if it was real, you know? If you actually had a Spider-Man who could do all of this stuff, you know, you would shoot it with actual equipment. So, it’s really cool to do that [the swoopy camera]. I always call it the Peter Jackson camera moves, where the camera is going like ten thousand miles. But I didn’t want to do that for this, because I wanted to keep it all as grounded as possible. So, whether it was shooting with a drone camera or a helicopter or a cable-cam, or even just handheld, up on a roof chasing after him, I wanted it to feel like we were there with him, and everything was something you could actually film.”

It makes sense that for Spider-Man’s first solo outing in the MCU would keep things more down-to-earth in terms of scale and avoid going overboard – after all, the movie not revolving around world-ending stakes is something that’s a selling point after the two The Amazing Spider-Man movies were criticized for doing that.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The film features a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker (Spider-Man), Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Zendaya Coleman as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Tony Revolori as “Flash” Thompson, Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jon Favreau as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (Vulture), Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz (Shocker), and Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason (Tinkerer).

Source: Den of Geek

8 Things We Want To See In The ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel

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Spider-Man: HomecomingSpider-Man: Homecoming is already getting a whole lot of buzz. Spidey’s first movie set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in partnership with Sony seems to be paying off and will be beneficial for everyone involved. We here at Heroic Hollywood loved it and consider it to be best Spidey movie and even one of the MCU’s best films. It’s no surprise that there’s going to be a sequel, though its title currently remains a mystery.

One big surprise is how soon we will be getting a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. The second MCU Spider-Man movie is set to kick off Phase 4 and is already dated for a 2019 release. That leaves little time before Marvel and Sony start production for the next film and we can begin our excitement all over again. Having not seen the first film, here are a few theories as to where the sequel can go. Click Next to take a look…

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Boogie

    Cool stuff. I like the look of the upcoming movie; I’m glad they didn’t just go for spectacle. Thanks for the article.

  • Jacob McMillan

    None of the Spider-Man’s are more practical than ASM 1