Jon Watts Talks Diverse ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Cast

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Millions of fans are quite excited to see the first solo-outing of the new Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man. After his incredible scene-stealing debut in Captain America: Civil War, we are itching to see how Peter Parker’s everyday life is like in the halls of his high school in Queens, New York in the upcoming film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

One of the most exciting aspects of this upcoming movie is the diversity in its casting. Marvel, Sony, and director Jon Watts seem to understand that diversifying this film’s cast is not due to the whole topic being a popular trend now, but because it is indicative of the environment that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker lives in everyday. It makes sense that in his high school, all cultures/ethnicities would be represented, with actors such as Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Laura Herrier portraying Peter’s classmates, and Kenneth Choi potentially playing his principal, it’s by far Marvel’s most diverse casting yet.

Director Jon Watts was in an interview with The Daily Beast, discussing the film’s diverse ensemble:

Peter Parker goes to high school in Queens, and Queens is one of—if not the—most diverse places in the world. So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like.

When Watts was asking about how his film would differentiate from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb films, he expressed:

It’s been really fun to just look for things that none of the other Spider-Man movies have really explored before, and decide if that’s something we want to work into that,” he remarks. “And really making it a high school movie, and committing to that, and not having that just be the beginning of the movie. The John Hughes sort of tone. When you’re looking at it through that prism, it really opens up the door to a lot of possibilities.

As someone who is a sucker for coming-of-age stories, particularly the films of John Hughes, all the sentiments I hear about this upcoming movie mixed in with my favorite Marvel character only makes me more excited to see where this webhead goes from there.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.

Source: The Daily Beast

Noah Villaverde

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