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Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Breakdown: THIS Is How You Integrate Peter Parker Into The MCU

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Breakdown: THIS Is How You Integrate Peter Parker Into The MCU

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When Marvel got the rights to bring Spider-Man home, many wondered what ANOTHER reboot would look like.  What would make this Spider-Man different than Sony’s adaptations?  The answer is the MCU.

Spider-Man was used sparingly in Civil War but his scenes were the perfect way to set up his solo film.  However, this is PHASE 3.  You can’t just set a Spider-Man film in New York and act like The Avengers don’t exist.

Thankfully, the answer came very naturally by setting up Peter Parker as a boy who grew up idolizing heroes like Tony Stark.  It immediately sets up a character arc about growing up and learning HOW to be a hero.

Establishing Parker’s relationship with Stark in Civil War was a brilliant move as the bond takes center stage in this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.  It brings Spider-Man into a world with a rich history.  It’s the ONLY way to reboot Spider-Man in the golden age of superhero movies.

Let the connections and references begin!

First up, the suit.  An amazing piece of technology provided by Tony Stark.  It’s unlike any suit we’ve seen before.  Having a character like Stark around gives the filmmakers the ability to imagine logos that turn into Spider-Drones. They even explained how Spider-Man gets into such a tight suit.  All in the first 3 seconds.

The trailer sets up Peter’s ambitions and Stark’s hesitations right away.  Parker wants nothing more than to be a full fledged Avenger.  Stark immediately tries to keep his pupil grounded.  It’s an amazing way to illustrate Stark’s evolution since his first appearance in 2008.

“Can’t you just be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?”

We get a reference to Civil War when Spider-Man happily admits he stole Captain America’s shield.  This version of Spider-Man has about 9 minutes of total screen time in the MCU thus far.  Yet because of the history the MCU has developed, Spider-Man has been around since the beginning.  It’s easy to imagine him as a young boy watching footage of the Chitauri attack in New York on the news.

When we first get a glimpse of Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture, he immediately calls out Stark. USA today recently shed some light on how Toomes connects to Stark in the film in their interview with co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll:

“Toomes “has a bone to pick” with Iron Man’s high-profile alter ego, says co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, and “sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark”: He and his crew — including the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) — use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together amazing weaponry to sell to other criminals. “He thinks once he has this money and power, he’ll have more control of his life,” Carroll adds. However, it doesn’t take too long before they get on the radar of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland).” (USA TODAY)

The Dark Tony Stark!

We obviously know where all the alien technology is coming from.  It’s another way to connect this film to the fallout of The Avengers and why the Sokovia Accords were created in the first place.

Tony is quick to remind his ambitious student that there are people around to handle men like The Vulture.  This is a perfect example Marvel learning from films like Iron Man 3.  It was tough to see a film like The Avengers and then return to solo adventures.  Tony Stark’s third solo film suffered from ‘where are Iron Man’s super-powered friends?’.  Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Ant-Man also suffered the same problems.  They were all solid films but movie fans are spoiled by team ups and cameos now.  A solo film isn’t enough these days.

Thankfully, we now have films like Spider-Man: Homecoming which teams up Peter Parker with Tony Stark perfectly.  Thor: Ragnarok is a Hulk/Thor buddy movie. (With Doctor Strange factoring into the plot as well.)  Let’s not forget about Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

Since we’re here, there are exceptions to the rule.  You can pull off a movie like Doctor Strange without requisite cameos because it takes place in alternate dimensions.  Worlds that The Avengers on Earth (and across the galaxy) don’t quite understand yet.  The upcoming Black Panther film will no doubt feature cameos but they aren’t necessary because it takes place primarily in the secluded country of Wakanda.  Guardians of the Galaxy exist in another side of the universe.  You get the idea.  You can’t get away with that in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  He lives in New York!  It has to connect and this trailer proves that it most certainly does.

“If you’re nothing without the suit then you shouldn’t have it.”

Oh how Tony Stark has grown.  For years we’ve watched him struggle to come to terms with who he is with and without his armor.  Placing him in Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fantastic way for him to pass the lessons he learned to the next generation of heroes.

Parker mentions late in the trailer that he has to do it on his own.  I’m curious if Iron Man will join Spider-Man in the film’s climactic battle or if Parker will indeed be on his own.  There are a lot of character moments associated with either option.  If anything, Stark has learned that having a team at his side is more important than ‘making the big play’ solo.  Is this a lesson Spider-Man will learn in Homecoming?

Marvel’s ‘villain problem’ is a very real problem but, personally, I love how threatening Michael Keaton comes across here as The Vulture.

“I will kill you and everyone you love.”

It’s a threat we’ve heard time and time again but saying it to a high school kid really ramps up the tension.

In the end, the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming does a great job setting up Peter Parker’s place in the MCU.  As he grows, we’ll see him mature and take center stage as all new heroes emerge.

The question lingering in my mind is the amount of time that passes between this film and Infinity War.  It’s already been confirmed that Spider-Man will appear in the culmination of the MCU as we know it.  But is he ready to jump from Vulture to The Mad Titan Thanos?

I can’t wait to see how it all fits together.

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