Spider-Man: Homecoming writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley had only three days to pitch something to Marvel for the film. As we all know, it turned out pretty well for them.
Goldstein and Daley recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and talked about Spider-Man’s abilities and more.
The writers were asked how they were able not to have go overboard in terms of the villains. Daley and Goldstein responded, saying they want to keep the film very “grounded” and “low-stakes” so that even the villain didn’t become something Spider-Man couldn’t handle on his own.
Daley: I think if you treat it all as an origin story, not just of our hero, but also of our villains and you see where they come from, it just gives them more humanity and relatability. Otherwise, you’re just dealing with a mustache-twirling evil genius who has millions and millions of dollars to create his evil technology. All of a sudden, you don’t care about that person or relate to them in any way.
Goldstein: It’s all for the intention to make this movie exist in a much more grounded, and in some ways, a low-stakes world, where it’s not about world domination, or these abstract things. It’s just a guy with a beef who’s trying to provide for his family. We also felt this is a starter version of Spider-Man. If you put him up against Doc Octopus or someone like that, he’s going to get his ass kicked.
The writers really wanted to highlight the fact that this was a movie about Spider-Man and the exploration of his abilities and not of someone who already knew what he was doing.
Goldstein: We wanted the movie to focus on him coming to terms with his new abilities and not yet being good with them, and carrying with him some real human fears and weaknesses, like a fear of heights, because nobody ever dealt with that before. You just sort of assumed, “He gets bitten by a spider, he’s totally comfortable on top of tall buildings,” but why did that have to be the case?
As for Peter coming to terms with his own capabilities, Daley discusses a scene in the movie that was adapted from the comics and something Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige “wanted to put into this script.”
Daley: That allusion was something Kevin Feige really wanted to put into this script, because it sort of embodies the internal struggle that Peter Parker is facing throughout, where he is his own greatest enemy in some ways, to have to accept himself before he can do anything helpful for the world.
You read the rest of the interview with the writers here. Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently playing in theaters.