Spider-Man: Homecoming producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal recently discussed information on the movie as part of a press tour. Feige took a moment to explain the ins and outs of Spider-Man’s Stark Tech costume, while Pascal suggested that the film is a story of self-discovery and learning to stand out on your own.
When Feige spoke to io9, he noted that Stark building the suit was a convenient explanation:
“Certainly fans of the comics know there have been many incarnations of Spider-Man’s outfit… We had a built in way of suggesting how does a high school kid have this amazing costume? And yes, of course, always saying he doesn’t need all those bells and whistles which is why, a lot of those bells and whistles, as you see in the film, get in the way as much as they help.”
That’s not to forget that Spider-Man made the core elements of his costume – the web-shooters, the adjusting goggles, and the general design – all on his own, but it does explain why it looks as good as it does when Peter’s just a kid. He isn’t paying a tailor for the suit with his allowance, after all.
Pascal also noted that Peter’s really trying to find himself, and this is that this is where his desire to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger comes from:
“Basically [Peter figuring out his relationship with Tony] is what the whole entire movie is about. Like all of us, it’s about wanting to be someone that you’re not and then getting stuck with yourself.”
It’s been noted that while Peter enjoys being Spider-Man in this continuity, he doesn’t think nearly as highly of himself. So perhaps a narrative about Peter Parker recognizing that he’s already great is just what this second reboot needed to stand out on its own.
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).