Spider-Man: Homecoming was a big success at the box office, and a bigger success with critics and fans. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17th, and presumably digital September 26th. You can pre-order it on Amazon.
Check out the list of special features…
Digital & Blu-ray Bonus Materials Include:
- The Spidey Study Guide
- 10 Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Seven Featurettes
- “A Tangled Web”
- “Searching For Spider-Man”
- “Spidey Stunts”
- “The Vulture Takes Flight”
- “Jon Watts: Head of the Class”
- “Pros And Cons of Spider-Man”
- Rappin’ with Cap: Captain America PSAs
- Photo Gallery
4K Ultra HD Bonus Materials Include:
- Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
- The Spidey Study Guide
- Photo Gallery
Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer
Watch all the trailer right here…
Spider-Man Homecoming Posters
While every Spider-Man movie to date has had at least one pretty snazzy one-sheet, you can tell in the below spread that Sony is making the most out of their deal with Disney and Marvel Studios. After all, Spidey listening to music on his downtime is nothing new… but he’s never done it with the Avengers Building, aka Stark Tower, in the background! Subtle.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Cast
The cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming is basically just ridiculous at this point.
Right now your key (non-villain) cast consists of Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marissa Tomei as Aunt May Parker. Robert Downey Jr. has joined up as Tony Stark/Iron Man. He’ll probably have more of a mentor’s role in this, and I doubt we’ll see him spend too much time in the armor, but it’s still pretty cool that he’s coming to the party. We’ll get to the villains in a minute.
And where would Tony Stark be without Happy Hogan? Jon Favreau is coming to the dance as Happy Hogan. Mr. Favreau’s Happy Hogan was noticeably absent from Captain America: Civil War, so it’s nice to see that he’ll be back for this one. He probably won’t have a ton of screentime, though.
Marvel went for a far more diverse cast this time around, the better to reflect Peter Parker’s NYC upbringing.
Donald Glover has a role in the movie. No, he’s probably not Miles Morales. But it would be pretty cool if he was, right? Based on what we see in the trailer, he’s probably a villain of some kind.
Laura Harrier (One Life to Live) is Liz Allan.
Tony Revolori is apparently Flash Thompson, but we’re not sure about that.
Deadline reports that Michael Barbiere (Little Men) is here in an unspecified role. Mr. Barbiere is only 14 years old, keeping with the overall vibe of mostly casting actual teenagers to play these roles. He’s currently at work on the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower as Timmy.
Kenneth Choi (Judge Ito from The People vs. OJ Simpson) is Peter Parker’s high school principal. You might recognize him as Jim Morita from Captain America: The First Avenger. “I’m from Fresno, chief.” (via Deadline)
Silicon Valley‘s Martin Starr also has an undisclosed role.
Tyne Daly (of Cagney and Lacey fame) joined the cast in yet another unnamed role.
Angourie Rice, who was really great in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, is also in the movie.
Variety broke the news that Hannibal Buress is in the film. Like most of these roles, nobody is saying who he’s playing.
The Hollywood Reporter also has word that Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and J.J. Totah are in the movie. There’s no word on who they’re playing.
You can also expect some other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters to appear, though. We don’t know who else is scheduled to appear, but it would sure be pretty cool if Nick Fury has been monitoring Spidey’s development.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Mary Jane
In a bit of news that rocked the internet a bit, Zendaya was apparently revealed as Mary Jane Watson. She was initially one of those “undisclosed” roles, but this seems to be the case, even though Marvel hasn’t officially commented on the matter yet.
From the little we saw of her in the trailer, she doesn’t appear to be a traditional depiction of the character, but that’s ok. We’ll update this when we have confirmation.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Villains
It’s confirmed that Michael Keaton will play one of the villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming, namely the Vulture.
The Vulture is Adrian Toomes, an older gentleman who develops a winged flying harness, and takes to the skies. There’s considerable appeal in the inclusion of the Vulture. The older and more experienced the bad guy, the more contrast we get with Tom Holland’s youthful and inexperienced Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Using a seasoned actor like Keaton would only emphasize that further, in all the best possible ways. We wrote more about that here.
Vulture also doesn’t come with any of the baggage that other members of Spidey’s rogues’ gallery who have already been seen on screen, and the relative age of Adrian Toomes will help play up Tom Holland’s youth and inexperience.
There’s an interview with Michael Keaton where he touches briefly on why he decided to return to superhero movies, albeit this time, as a villain. “He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go,’You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really.” Mr. Keaton told Variety. “It makes it interesting to play.”
The Vulture won’t be the only villain in the movie.
Michael Chernus will play a recognizable, if fairly minor, Spider-Man villain. According to Deadline, Mr. Chernus will play Phineas Mason, better known to Marvel fans as The Tinkerer.
So, here’s something cool about the Tinkerer as he relates to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the character was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (like most of Spidey’s world), and first appeared in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #2, which happens to be the same issue where the film’s main villain, The Vulture, first appeared. So, let’s hope Steve Ditko gets a nice prominent credit in this one, okay?
The film is currently shooting in Atlanta and has been for a couple of months, so this likely isn’t a major role. It’s also unlikely that he’s ever referred to as “the Tinkerer” on screen. We’ll see if he’s an OsCorp employee or someone who helps Adrian Toomes with his Vulture gear or something similar…
It has been known for some time that Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) was part of the Spider-Man: Homecoming cast, but like most of the supporting players, his role has been a mystery. Well, now that’s out the window, and it confirms another rumor that has been floating around for a few weeks. He’s apparently playing Shocker.
Logan Marshall-Green is apparently another one of the film’s secondary villains. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, but they don’t have any additional details.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Story
And here’s the official synopsis. Don’t get too excited, because it’s frustratingly vague.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ Captain: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I’ll say this much, though…
…there is virtually zero chance that the first Marvel Spidey movie goes over too much of the same ground we’ve already seen. The Sam Raimi trilogy thoroughly explored Peter’s relationship with Mary Jane Watson and the rise, fall, and rise of the Osborne family and the Goblin legacy, with an excellent exploration of Doctor Octopus in between and a less excellent Venom diversion. The Amazing Spider-Man movies focused instead on Gwen Stacy and her untimely end (which they rushed to), and an overcooked second movie with as many villains as allowed by law. Between them, those five movies exhausted a significant chunk of Spidey’s core rogues’ gallery, and while there’s plenty of room for improvement (dispatching the Green Goblin wasn’t a great idea, Venom was underwhelming, and the less said about all of the villains in The Amazing Spider-Man flicks the better).
We’ve also been promised that there won’t be any more Spidey origin stories. At this point, audiences want to see Uncle Ben die again even less than Peter does. Instead, Kevin Feige says that Spider-Man: Homecoming will “allude to those events,” so don’t expect too much clutter.
So you want real story stuff? You aren’t gonna find it here. BUT…you can usually tell how Marvel is getting ready to treat a property on the big screen based on how they start treating them in the comics and in other media. Guardians of the Galaxy bore little resemblance to the team we got in the movie until Marvel took a few years to seed that now familiar roster in the comics and in animation. The Inhumans have spent the last few years in the comics being groomed as Marvel’s big screen mutant stand-ins, and we’re already seeing that start to play out on Agents of SHIELD. So with that in mind, there are a few tiny things we can kind of infer about where they’re gonna go with this, just based on how Marvel has been treating Spidey both in comics and in other media right now.
But before I go down that road, let’s just look at how he’s being introduced in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel is starting us off with a Spidey who already has some “official” connections. Since Tony Stark enlisted Spidey in Civil War, he’s at least already on the radar of various official forces. This ties into two very different things, both of which have the same title.
The Ultimate Spider-Man comic, first launched in 2000 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, has long been considered the first attempt by Marvel to streamline and modernize Spidey’s origins and supporting cast with one eye on making him not only more appropriate for movies, but offering new readers an easy jumping on point. There are two hallmarks of Ultimate Spider-Man that are pretty clear influences on how this movie is being approached.
The most obvious is Peter’s age. Peter is about 15 in Ultimate Spider-Man, and that’s the age we keep hearing getting thrown around in relation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By contrast, Peter was probably at least 16 in the first Raimi film, and that movie gave us a jump in time to place him in college before the end of it. Peter was a high school graduate by the opening moments of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Tom Holland is a youthful looking 19 at the time of this writing, and Marvel will probably do everything they can to keep the high school drama element of the character in place for as many movies as they can.
While we’re on the subject of age, Marisa Tomei is only 50 years old, making her the youngest actress to play Aunt May. Ultimate Spider-Man was also the first comic to make May Parker something other than an impossibly frail old lady. The May of Ultimate Spider-Man is much younger, grounds the hell out of Peter when he’s irresponsible, figures out his secret identity, and gives J. Jonah Jameson hell for, well, doing the things that J. Jonah Jameson does. I think Marisa Tomei can handle all of that pretty well.
Also in Ultimate Spider-Man, Peter and his extracurricular activities are already on the radar of SHIELD and other assorted “official” channels. Nick Fury himself even tells Peter in no uncertain terms that when he turns 18, Spider-Man belongs to SHIELD…whether he likes it or not. It’s a little ominous, but it makes sense in context. Peter isn’t thrilled about it, mind you.
The extraordinarily irritating Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon takes the idea of Spidey as a SHIELD trainee to the extreme, sticking Agent Coulson in disguise as Peter’s high school principal and making Spidey part of a team that includes Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nova, and White Tiger. I know there’s some speculation that Zendaya could fit in as White Tiger, but that character’s name was mentioned on Jessica Jones, and like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, she seems better suited to that world. But what the hell do I know, right?
Perhaps most importantly, this one should have a different tone than previous outings. Tom Holland mentioned quintessential ’80s teen movie director John Hughes when talking about the film as a “perfect example” of what they’re aiming for. “One of the special things about what we’re going to try and create is that you’re going to see the biggest independent film ever,” Holland said. “It’s not going to be an epic thing; it’s going to be a film surrounded by these incredible things, but that follows this boy and his life.”
“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high school movie,” director Jon Watts once commented. “We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now.”
Hopefully what all this adds up to is not just a Spider-Man movie where he’s only saving the neighborhood rather than the whole city, but one with a sense of humor. Andrew Garfield got Spidey’s banter down, particularly in his second outing, but nobody has quite nailed Spidey’s nervous energy perfectly yet.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Costume
OK, so, I can go on and on and on about how much I love this costume, and since it’s the only concrete thing we really have at the moment about this movie, I’m gonna have to. As far as I’m concerned, there are two essential components to a Spider-Man costume: it has to look like an agile character like Spidey can move like he’s supposed to, and it has to give me the impression that it could be homemade. This one fulfills the former, and there’s a neat excuse for the latter.
Sure, we’ve had “accurate” Spider-Man costumes before, in four of the five previous Spidey movies. But the suit in the Raimi movies always looked a little rubbery and stiff, and I was never fully convinced that Spidey had the range of motion that he’s supposed to have. The first Amazing Spider-Man movie tried to reinvent the wheel a little, which was a mistake in itself, but it also looked like it was made out of spare basketballs.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, you all should know that my favorite live action Spidey costume is the one from the 1970s TV series. “But Mike,” I can hear you say, “that costume looks like crap. How can you like it?” I like it so much precisely because it looks like crap, to tell you the truth.
This looks like something a poor college student would cobble together and it’s lightweight enough to give Spidey plenty of freedom of movement. There was also a practical element to it, boasting external web shooters, a clunky belt for spare web fluid cartridges, and “sunglasses style” eyes in the mask, which is kind of the most logical way to represent them (and it’s the one bit of redesigning the first Amazing Spider-Man costume got right).
Well, those external webshooters and cartridge belt are back for this one, although they’re definitely more streamlined and subtle. They gave us a fairly cool in-story explanation for the new Spider-Man costume in Civil War. It’s a Stark design, and he may have perfected the webshooters Peter already designed. There were also brief glimpses of a homemade Spidey costume that Peter was using before Tony gave him the new one, and I really hope we get to see more of that in flashbacks in the solo movie. Remember the amazingly perfect hoodie-costume we got in Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie? I just love the idea of something that probably reflects a goofy kid’s idea of what a superhero should look like, but on a Peter Parker budget.
You can even hear a mechanical whirr when the “eyes” on the mask narrow, and if you look closely you can see the segments that make it happen. This is totally a Stark touch. Hell, they even gave us an explanation for why that’s necessary, as Peter’s senses are “dialed up to 11” now, so this stuff helps him focus.
In a roundabout way, all of this feels kind of a callback to the Civil War comics. When (the older, already established as Spidey) Peter went to work for Stark, he ended up with the kinda-maligned “Iron Spider” costume, which is a little bit cooler than it sounds…but only a little. I doubt we’ll see the red and gold Iron Spider design in this movie, but having Tony design an appropriately slick and functional Spidey costume is more than just convenient cinematic shorthand to get Peter into a recognizable and movie appropriate costume.
Also, you have to love how Tony refers to Spidey as “Underoos” which is a reference to the superhero themed underwear that every ’80s kid wore to shreds.
See? I told you I could go on forever about the costume.
Check out this cool little video Tom Holland posted on Instagram focusing on the details of the new Spider-Man costume!
Hasbro unveiled their line of Spider-Man: Homecoming action figures earlier this year, and while we don’t usually do much in the way of toy coverage on Den of Geek, one piece from the line stood out a little. Hasbro went ahead and made an action figure showcasing Peter’s original, homemade Spider-Man costume, the one that we only barely glimpsed in fuzzy, YouTube-esque quality in Captain America: Civil War.
Of course, this isn’t the first homemade Spidey costume we’ve seen on screen. Tobey Maguire sported one in a couple of pivotal scenes of Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man movie, but it’s rare that we get to see these, and this looks like a pretty cool figure.
Check it out:
So, I love this. It’s exactly the kind of thing a 15-year-old who lives in a world of superheroes would design on a shoestring budget. There appeared to be a couple of brief glimpses of the suit in the trailer (which you can watch below), but here is a screengrab, and you can decide for yourself how they line up.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Set Photos
I have a thing about not loving the idea of running unofficial set photos on Den of Geek. Most of ’em don’t look very good, for starters. But if you really want to see the movie, set photos taken from a distance aren’t always going to give you the best impression of the finished product.
So in this case, I’m making one small exception. Looper has a huge stack of photos from the Spider-Man: Homecoming set in Atlanta, where Tom Holland is filming an action sequence in full Spidey gear. Why am I linking to it? Because the new Spider-Man costume is just so awesome looking, and this is by far the best look at it we’ve gotten. Even in Captain America: Civil War, with all the action going on, it was easy to forget that this is supposed to be a kid in a suit.
Well, these photos? He’s definitely a kid in a suit. In fact, I really hope they don’t smoothe out the imperfections and wrinkles and things like that for the sake of blockbuster sheen. This is how Spidey should look. See the full gallery here!