‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Director On Balancing Tony Stark’s Role

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While fans are still ecstatic over the fact that Spider-Man is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there have been worries that Iron Man would overshadow the title hero of Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially after Tony Stark’s prevalence in the marketing. Director Jon Watts explains why Homecoming is fundamentally a Peter Parker story, and talked about what he did to make sure the movie doesn’t feel like Iron Man took over that.

Speaking with io9, Watts emphasized that Spider-Man: Homecoming wouldn’t downplay Peter’s ingenuity just because there’s a bigger genius in the room who added a lot of gadgets to the Spider-Man costume. In fact, Watts himself went to great lengths to show that there was a lot more to Spider-Man than just the suit:

“That was definitely a concern, but I felt okay with it because we don’t show that he’s not good at stuff. The original Spider-Man [suit] in this movie is all made by Peter Parker.”

Throughout the movie, we see that Peter is creating all sort of gear on his own, is able to come up with creative solutions in battle, and is academically gifted when he’s off the battlefield. Watts also pointed out that the most important aspects of the Spider-Man costume (the web-shooters, the adjusting goggles, and the utility belt) were all on Peter – impressive, considering that this is a middle-class teenager we’re talking about here, and who’s not even close to having access to the kind of materials that a billionaire like Tony would regularly use.

But even though he wanted to emphasize that Spider-Man’s a smart kid, Tony’s role in the movie is important – just not important to the point where he’s in every scene. Watts stated that several ideas about Peter and Tony’s relationship that came up as a result of Captain America: Civil War were used as a springboard for where they’d be taking Spider-Man: Homecoming:

“The Russo Brothers set up this relationship just so elegantly in Civil War, so for me, it was about examining the fallout of that. Because when you look at what they did in that movie, Tony Stark plucks this 15-year-old kid out of obscurity, takes him on this insane adventure in Germany, doing something that’s potentially very questionable, and then we see him just dropped off in his bedroom in Queens. So the question is, ‘Now what?’ That lays the ground work for a lot of interesting questions like ‘How much did Tony really think this through? What did Peter think now about his relationship with Tony? Is Tony ready for this kind of responsibility?’ To me that movie raised so many fun and interesting questions that I used that as the spring board into this story.”

The trailers seem to emphasize that Spider-Man is clearly inspired by Iron Man, but he wants to branch out and be his own superhero. Having Iron Man have a crucial, but not overbearing, role in the film to highlight Peter’s own development seems to be the best course of action before we see the two again in Avengers: Infinity War.

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).

Source: io9

7 Greatest Legacy Superheroes In Comics

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Comic books are an old medium so quite a few characters have a strong legacy. Some heroes have such a strong legacy that other individuals have taken up their mantle and continued the fight in their honor.

Superheroes are much more than people just running around beating up the bad guys. Each hero embodies different values that represent some of the best facets of humanity. Kids look up to superheroes for their values, not their muscles. When a hero stands for something, certain people will adopt that value as their own and continue their fight. Most superheroes are mortal and as a result of that will have to end their heroic careers at some point in the future. But if they are able to develop a legacy someone else wants to preserve then they can rest easy knowing the good fight will continue.

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.