‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer: It’s complicated being a high school hero

There are very few givens in life – though death, taxes and superhero movies come to mind. 

To be honest, I’d rather feel the cold, dark embrace of the Grim Reaper himself or be audited by the IRS than subject myself to director Zack Snyder’s upcoming Justice League movie.

However, I take comfort in the fact Marvel Studios and Disney are, as per tradition, gearing up to dominate domestic and international box offices when when they release three – count ‘em, three – films this year. While never Oscar worthy, Marvel Studios’ movies are consistently high quality and always provide a good time at the theater.

First up, and right around the corner, will be the highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which opens in the U.S. on May 5. And on Nov. 3, the God of Thunder himself will be returning to the big screen in Thor: Ragnarok.

Sandwiched in between both films, and landing smack dab in the middle of the summer blockbuster season, is everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood wall-crawler who will star in his first feature-length Marvel Studios’ film – Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Check out the trailer and find out what Spidey, Iron Man and Michael Keaton’s sinister Vulture are up to after the break.

After debuting in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) looks to be at home in the Marvel cinematic universe with Homecoming. The trailer shows Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man still under the tutelage of Tony Stark / Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) following the events of Civil War. I’m all for seeing more interaction between the two heroes as the budding father/son dynamic shared between them in the trailer provides new dimensions to both characters – Stark feels responsible for the safety of his young apprentice and Parker is given a hero to emulate.

We see Stark demand Parker forfeit the high-tech red and blue suit he made him until Spider-Man can understand what responsibility truly means. Seconds later the stubborn, know-it-all teenage superhero is seen donning a low-rent, homemade costume while battling the villainous Vulture.

Keaton’s portrayal of the Vulture has my interest piqued – he seems violently unhinged yet cold and calculating – but it remains to be seen whether Homecoming will be able to buck Marvel Studios’ unfortunate trend of delivering subpar antagonists to square off against its heroes. At the very least the Vulture will provide Spider-Man with some interesting cinematic battles as the two are seen duking it out aboard a cruise liner and, later on in the trailer, flying and swinging around an airplane mid flight.

Michael Keaton plans to make Spider-Man’s life miserable as Adrian Toomes / The Vulture.

It’s not all drama and action as the trailer also provides a nice glimpse into Peter Parker’s life as a high schooler. His friendship with Ned Leeds (played by Jacob Batalon) will undoubtedly be a source of much of the film’s humor and I welcome that. Little is seen of actress Zendaya’s character though a brief kiss with our hero is shown. This younger version of Spider-Man should provide a fresh take on the character and should be well-cared for in the hands of director Jon Watts who has previously worked with a young cast in his film Cop Car.

For a trailer that runs just slightly over two minutes, I can’t help but feel like a good chunk of Homecoming’s plot has been revealed. However, I have no reason to question if Marvel Studios knows what they are doing. They haven’t fumbled yet and I can’t imagine they would start now.

Not with Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into U.S. theaters on July 7.

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