It’s not uncommon for marketing to dictate a bit of footage in blockbuster movies (see: Rogue One), and it seems not even Marvel Studios is immune to the needs of the trailer-baking machine.
Minor spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming!
You know that sweet scene of Spider-Man and Iron Man zipping through the city? It’s been a cornerstone of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s marketing campaign for months, but it turns out it’s not actually in the movie. Le sigh. In an interview with Screen Crush, director Jon Watts explained why the scene wound up in a whole lot of the marketing campaign and not in the final cut. Turns out it never was in the final cut. Instead, they took a cool bit of footage from Spidey and Iron Man, then superimposed it over a shot of the cityscape to make it look cooler.
Check out Watts’ choice excerpt below and let us know what you think:
“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.”
So yeah, stick around for the after-credit scenes, but just don’t expect to see this shot waiting for you before the lights come up.
(Via Screen Crush)