‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Director On How Previous Films Challenged Him

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' director Jon Watts discusses how previous films featuring the wall crawler both challenged and inspired his take on the character.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the titular hero’s first standalone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but while audiences are looking forward to finally seeing the wall crawler in a world occupied by other superheroes, many fans will find the previous Spider-Man films difficult to best. In an interview with Screen Rant, director Jon Watts discussed how previous Spider-Man films both inspired and challenged him as he attempted to bring a fresh take to the classic Marvel Comics hero.

Watts explained how the first Spider-Man film influenced him and how the original films challenged him to avoid retreading familiar territory:

“Yeah, of course. I mean, they’re great. I was in film school when they were shooting the very first one, so like it was such a big – like I could see it being filmed from my dorm, actually, and it was such a big influence on how to make a big, fun movie. But, as inspiring as those movies are, the bigger motivation was to just try to figure out a way to show people things that they’ve never seen before. So, even though they were inspiring, they were also kind of a challenge to not retread any of that same world.”

Watts also discussed how Spider-Man: Homecoming will have a tone of it’s own that is different than previous Marvel films:

“Well it has its own tone built in, I feel, because y’know Spider-Man was created to give a regular guy’s perspective on this crazy world and he was introduced in 1962 and I feel like I’m in sort of a similar position where they’ve built this big, crazy Marvel universe and now I get to introduce Spider-Man to it and give just the regular kid’s perspective on this world of [15] films that they’ve already made. So one of the best bits of homework I gave myself was just to watch all the other movies.”

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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Directed by Jon Watts, the film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice, Abraham Attah, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant

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