The first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is here, and it is very John Hughes-y
From the start, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have claimed that their collaborative Spider-Man movie is going to be slightly in the vein of a John Hughes film, which would basically make it a superhero high school drama. And pretty much every single longtime Spider-Man comics fan did a little whoop of joy in response.
Marvel and Sony have released the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, and it seems to live up to that promise.
If you don’t know who John Hughes is, we can’t be friends anymore. Hughes is one of the most influential filmmakers of the 80s, with a list of classics that includes National Lampoons Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and many others. His career was long and varied, but he is best known for his coming-of-age comedies that frequently focused on high school students. That would make sense for a Spider-Man movie, but it would also be a huge departure from the other Spidey films and a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Both would be welcome additions.
To be clear, the trailer still looks like something of an origin story. Marvel already introduced Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, of course, but it looks like the film is all about Spidey coming into his own and becoming the hero we know he will become. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it looks like more is at play.
In this iteration, Peter Parker is a kid, a kid that wants to be an adult. He has a crush on a girl, and he’s trying to prove himself. It’s all very Hughes-y.
If you’re curious, here’s the official description below:
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. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
The trailer debuted on The Jimmy Fallon Show a day after Sony teased it with a 17-second teaser trailer. You can – and should – watch them both. Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.