It’s not what you think.
Tonight at the MTV & TV Awards we got our best look yet at Spider-Man: Homecoming, a short teaser preceded by an extended clip of two characters simply talking to each other (also there’s a Death Star). In a marketing campaign ruled by a single thesis – “Look kids, Spider-Man’s in the MCU now!” – it’s extremely heartening to discover that there’s going to be more to it than that.
Because let’s be honest here: we all know it’s possible to screw up a Spider-Man movie. The short-lived Amazing Spider-Man franchise was too focused on setting up sequels than making satisfying individual films, and after two of those disappointing flicks it’s easy to be a little gun-shy. Sure, Tom Holland made an encouraging debut in Captain America: Civil War, but he’s got his own film now and we want to see Spider-Man as the star of his own life’s story.
— MTV (@MTV) May 8, 2017
Another stray thought is that this particular clip, with Spider-Man’s identity discovered and the awkward conversation that immediately follows, is exceptionally reminiscent of Ultimate Spider-Man, the successful alternate reality version of the character that had a far more conversational style than Spidey fans were used to, and which had one of the most popular and successful runs of any Marvel comic book. If you’re going to borrow from any Spider-Man series, that’s a great one to pick.
Fans have been longing for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years now, and they’re just about to see what that looks like, beyond Civil War‘s single, showstopping cameo. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait. We’ll find out on July 7, 2017!
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.