While Spider-Man: Homecoming will mark the title hero’s first solo outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been a number of previous films featuring the wall crawler, prompting fans to wonder exactly what will distinguish this latest incarnation of the hero from past depictions. In an interview with io9, the Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts and producer Eric Carroll discussed how the latest version of the title character will differentiate itself from previous cinematic adaptations.
Director Jon Watts explained how including Spider-Man in the MCU will allow fans to enter a new corner of the shared universe.
“What’s great about Spider-Man is that he’s a regular kid. So by showing his story you also get to show what the ground level is like in a world where the Avengers exist, which is already, I think, a great premise for a movie.”
Producer Eric Carroll explained how introducing the Spider-Man cast will raise the stakes in future MCU projects.
“Establishing that there’s Peter and May and a bunch of real world characters we’re going to care about now will be a fun thing to play with once disaster starts striking in those Avengers movies. It’s not just ‘What’s up with Black Panther and his friends?’—it’s ‘What up with that school full of kids we know and love?’”
Previous Spider-Man films have become known for their impressive scenes featuring the web slinger swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper, something Carroll reveals will not be featured in the film.
“We will not see him 40 stories off the ground, acting like that is not the most terrifying thing he will do that day. It’s something we’re going to show him working up to. He’s going to work up to being the Spider-Man we know he’ll become someday.”
Carroll explained that this version of Spider-Man will be much more tech-based.
“When we looked to re-envision the movie we asked, ‘What’s a different tact we could take?’ So we felt like if a kid is running around in a skin-tight suit with all these cool features, it’s probably got to be pretty high-tech.”
Watts addressed the rumor that Zendaya’s character will later be revealed as Mary Jane.
“Any rumor could mean a million things because so many different things have happened in the comics.”
Carroll explained that the plan is to continue Peter Parker’s high school experience in two more films.
“We want to keep in him high school as long as possible. When Sony and [Marvel] sat down we said ‘Why do this version?’ It’s because we can really lean into the high school of it. This is a fun different take.”
You can read the full interview with comments from Tom Holland, Michael Keaton and Amy Pascal here.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 6, 2017.