It’s just been revealed that the first scenes of Spider-Man: Homecoming will not be set in the present. In fact, we’re going to meet up with a pre-Vulture Adrian Toomes after the climax of The Avengers. Following that, we’ll get a look at what Peter Parker was up to right before – and right after – the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War.
The opening scene, set all the way back at the end of The Avengers, features a scene of Adrian Toomes and a cleanup crew arriving at Stark Tower to help with the many repairs that New York City needs followed the thwarted Chitauri invasion. However, he soon discovers that Tony Stark has bankrolled a government organization (Damage Control) to handle the mess, and Toomes is out of a job. This puts Toomes on a dark path as he decides to steal whatever Chitauri technology he can, which ultimately makes him a full-fledged villain years down the road once Stark puts his company out of business.
At this point, we jump forward to the time of Captain America: Civil War – specifically, just before the airport battle. This begins with the scene that’s already been shown in the trailer teaser, with Peter Parker learning that Stark’s made him an upgraded suit. Following that, we see Parker take a private jet to Germany to head off to the battle, followed by a recap of the battle shown in Civil War from Parker’s perspective, and some details on what else he was up to in Germany… Followed by his return to boring school life. According to executive producer Eric Carroll, the stark difference between the fun opening and the mundanity of school life is meant to highlight how much Peter loves the experience of being a superhero:
“It’s kind of the first time you get to see this tone. We’re really excited about, and we think is fun. After seeing all this amazing, glamorous stuff, boom… hard cut to him back in his cold weather gear. Riding the subway to school. Crammed next to all the other students, riding public transportation to school and we’ll realize that he’s still waiting for his call from Tony.”
Given that one of the movie’s goals is to show what life is like for ordinary people in the MCU, it seems like this is a pretty great start. We’re introduced with the direct consequences of one of the biggest setpieces in the history of the franchise (something The Avengers pretty much glossed over back in 2012) and get a villain with more depth to his backstory than most antagonists in the setting. Following this, we get more of what we love about the MCU’s take on Spider-Man before we have to confront how boring Peter Parker’s actual life is outside of the costume. Hopefully, these scenes – and the film as a whole – live up to the promise set up here.
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). A sequel is planned for release on July 5, 2019.
Source: Coming Soon