We got a lot of Spider-Man in Hall H for a movie that's been shooting for less than a month.
Marvel stunned the Hall H crowd on Saturday by rolling out a decent presentation for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the joint venture between Sony Studios and Marvel that will be Spidey's first standalone film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel head Kevin Feige brought out director Jon Watts and some of the cast, while we got a glimpse of several minutes of footage and confirmation that young Peter Parker will face off against the Vulture in the new movie.
Feige has said in the past that the new Spider-Man movie will resemble a film by John Hughes in many ways, and Watts echoed those words onstage, calling it a "straight-up high school movie" about a 15-year-old kid who just happens to live on the "ground level of the Marvel Universe."
"Every story, every hero, has a beginning," said an opening card as the screen flipped through the pages of a high school yearbook containing photos of all the Marvel heroes seemingly taken in their high school days (and yes, some of them had hair they probably regret now). The last photo of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) dissolves into the actual footage in Midtown High School, where preparations for the homecoming dance are underway and Peter is going about his daily business.
That business, however, includes sneaking a peek at video of himself in action during the big airport battle from Captain America: Civil War while in his 9:30 science class, where he still manages to answer a question correctly despite not paying attention. Next is "women's studies," which consists of Peter and a pal watching some pretty girls walk by and acknowledging, "We should probably stop staring."
Web Design class has a double meaning for sure, as Peter secretly mixes up some web formula in the drawer of his desk, but then in Physical Education he overhears several of the girls expressing their crush on Spider-Man during a game of F, Marry, Kill that's centered around the Avengers. Finally, in Study Hall, Peter's pager goes off and he says he has to leave, while the girl across from him (Zendaya) asks, "What are you hiding, Peter?" Cue a series of shots of Peter in his Spider-Man costume, on top of a moving vehicle, climbing a wall and looking like a superhero and not a teenage boy. "Just kidding," says the girl, "I don't care."
The logo flashes across the screen, and then we have a final shot -- of the Vulture, in a high-tech suit, swooping down toward the camera. See the newly released production art:
The crowd goes wild. With Marvel now steering the ship, could this be the best Spider-Man movie yet? We'll find out in just under a year. Starring Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover, Tony Revolori, Michael Keaton as the Vulture and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7, 2017.