Like many blockbusters these days, Spider-Man: Homecoming has a pair of scenes in the trailer that don’t appear in the theatrical cut of the movie. Director Jon Watts explains how one scene was never intended to be a part of the movie and how one was repurposed to be set in a different environment.
The only shot that was never intended to be in the movie itself was ironically one of the most important to the first teaser – the scene of Spider-Man swinging alongside Iron Man on patrol. Watts noted to ScreenCrush that filming a scene for something that wasn’t going to be in the movie itself was a surreal experience for him as a director:
“I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together, and they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great, the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like ‘Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.’ Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there… I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot. It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”
The other scene was made for the Marvel panel at 2016’s San Diego Comic Con – the shot of Vulture breaking into a hotel atrium before landing on the camera. But unlike the Iron Man/Spider-Man shot, a key part of this scene was refitted into the movie:
“The hotel atrium shot was originally created for Comic-Con, for like a sizzle reel before we had really shot anything; we had shot like two weeks of footage or something. That was never meant to be in the movie. But I did use that angle for Vulture’s reveal at the beginning of the movie; Vulture’s hovering, swooping towards the camera like that. I used that shot, it’s just no longer in an Atlanta hotel atrium.”
A similar effect was utilized in Ant-Man‘s marketing – a scene with Scott Lang telling the Falcon that he’s a superhero called Ant-Man was tweaked a bit so that it looked like he was talking with Yellowjacket outside, although the actual shot of Yellowjacket turning around was really used in one of the last scenes of the movie. But in any case, it doesn’t seem like Spider-Man: Homecoming will have nearly the same amount of unused trailer shots as The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
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).