Spider-Man: Homecoming is the next upcoming Marvel movie to feature the newly rebooted and rejuvenated Marvel Cinematic Universe era Spider-Man. Not much is known about the story or what else Marvel has planned, but head of Marvel’s movie initiative, Kevin Feige, did reveal new information about the basic outline that Homecoming, and movies that follow, will have.
In this case, Marvel is going to slow things down a little bit and give fans the Spider-Man from his comic book prime. Those early Spider-Man stories took place when he was in high school, struggling to juggle and balance his ordinary routine while trying to stop criminals and super-powered bad guys.
The appeal of the Spider-Man from those days was his very relatable everyday life combined with his Spider-Man life, and how things got resolved between the two worlds. Later stories saw Spider-Man as a working professional journalist with the Daily Bugle.
Spider-Man actor Tom Holland told IGN why he thinks he and director Jon Watts will create a great experience in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“One of the nicest things about him in the comics is seeing a kid try and fit in his chemistry homework, but also try and save the city. And that’s something that Jon and I are really passionate about, and something we are really bringing to the set every day.”
Kevin Feige hinted that Marvel may keep Spider-Man in high school for quite a while, and advanced his story the way the Harry Potter films did, with each new film representing a new year of school.
Feige told Collider how he hopes to keep new Spider-Man movies rolling along, when asked if there would be sequels.
“Should we be able to make more after that? Sure.
“This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year?
“Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
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Feige also revealed plans for the film’s villain. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton will play Vulture.
Going along with the way Marvel has been transferring many of its characters from the page to the screen, Marvel will give Vulture a technology-based costume rather than the well-known organic look of the comics.
Michael Keaton, at this point in his life and career, is just about the right age and has just about the right look to play the vengeful, elderly Vulture.
Spider-Man has had a lot of villains to contend with over the years, so why choose Vulture for his first big screen solo comeback? Jon Watts told ComicBook.com that it fits in with the whole idea of taking Spider-Man back to an earlier time.
“The Vulture is really the first super villain that Spider-Man ever fights in Amazing Spider-Man, the second issue, after the Chameleon, so it just felt like the right thing to do, to go back to the roots in that way.”
The Vulture was always a presence in Spider-Man comics, if not an off-center, weird one. Marvel knows that Vulture’s power of flight will create some interesting visual effects when he fights Spidey.
It could be argued that other Spidey movie villains, like Green Goblin, also fly. But they don’t have the advanced ability of natural flight like Vulture.
Even though fans who attended last week’s Comic Con International in San Diego got to see footage of Vulture, the rest of the populace will have to wait.