The second trailer from our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man webs us up with joy.

We’ll swing out of the way of this one and just let you enjoy it. Thoughts after the embed below!

Things that we hate: 0

Things that we love: All of the things.

Apparently the internet is saying this second trailer is showing too much, perhaps robbing us of moments we’re craving to see for the first time on screen this July. You know, because the internet.

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    But we tend to think that this trailer and all of the funny, exciting, touching moments brings the goods for a couple of reasons.

    1 | Spider-Man is “home” now with Marvel proper, and despite his great reception in Captain America: Civil War, the overall typical moviegoer and even true believers think there’s been A LOT of Spider-Man movies with different Spider-Men in them.  Well, releasing trailers showing the goods is what you do when marketing your franchise film, especially if it’s a new Spider-Man movie. Also…

    2 | We’re betting what we’ve seen in these trailers is just the tip of the iceberg. This doesn’t feel like a movie with only a few tiny moments they’re going to blow to sell tickets. There are probably a few dozen other moments in this thing we’ve yet to discover. Also, just because we’ve watched Spidey doing a cannonball into a swimming pool in this thing over and over doesn’t mean we won’t laugh with a packed movie theater when it happens there. If a moment is good in a movie it works no matter how many times you watch it.

    Here are a few screens of some of our favorite moments in the trailer above:

    The aforementioned Spidey doing a swing-by cannonball! This feels how Spider-Man should. The tone is pitch perfect.


    I love that his suit sucks up, for lack of a better term, like Marty McFly’s jacket. It also answers how the heck can he squeeze into something like this. Nice touch.


    This may be my favorite; Captain America in easily his worst cinematic costume from the first Avengers talking to high school gym students about a Fitness Challenge. It’s so corny old-man Captain America and using that cheesy costume isn’t a coincidence. Thought went into this, and I love that. Peter whispering to his friend that he stole his shield is the cherry on top.


    Peter’s best friend in Homecoming is Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), and we love this image of him wearing his bud’s superhero mask. This is totally something you’d do as a teenager.


    And of course we have the patriarchal Tony Stark to young Peter Parker. It’s nice to have an actor who loves playing a character like Robert Downey Jr. does Iron Man“If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.” A nice callback to Iron Man Three (possibly the most underrated Marvel movie).

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is out July 7, 2017. What do you think about the trailer?


    It’s good to have our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man back.

    Emphasis on “friendly” here. Tom Holland and his portrayal of Spider-Man is pitch perfect. In Captain America: Civil War he proved that with minimal screen time. His presence and embodiment of both Spider-Man and Peter Parker was the purest form of the character we’ve seen yet.

    Spidey coming back to Marvel, or rather Sony bartering a wise deal with the house of ideas after botching their rebooted Spider-Man franchise, is a humble and wise move. After two dark and sloppy Amazing Spider-Man movies, it’s nice to see a studio not only give fans what they want, but also have the foresight to know this is going to be a win. I mean, we have Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man flying through the New York skyline with the webslinger. Ticket sold (as if it wasn’t already).

    The trailer gives us a tone that’s perfect for a high school superhero. Spider-Man wants to do more and be more after getting a taste of the action in Civil War. His mentor, Tony Stark, advises him against this, but lets him keep the suit upgrade and gives him yet another upgrade you can view below.

    Steve Ditko web-wings! I love that detail for the costume.

    And Fav’s, Foggy Nelson. Yes. All good things to report from these glimpses. If this was another franchise outside of Marvel I would be concerned that Tony Stark would overpower Peter Parker and hog all of the good moments, but Civil War proved otherwise. This studio has earned that faith time and time again. The dynamic these two characters have in the cinematic universe is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

    Spider-Man is the perfect superhero for our modern age of millennial minds. Peter Parker is an underpaid freelance photographer making money out of taking selfies as his superhero persona. I love that a character that is over half a century old is still relevant in the present. Newspapers are downsizing and typically understaffed, but surprisingly, freelance photography is becoming a much larger piece of the budget as regular staff photographers aren’t as affordable and everyone has an iPhone. I’m interested to see how the Daily Bugle is handled in the new series if it makes it into Spider-Man: Homecoming at all.

    Can’t wait to see more from the wall crawler, Micheal Keaton as Vulture, whomever Zendaya is, and the whole thing.

    Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives July 7th, 2017.


    The rumors are true! Former Batman star Michael Keaton will be Spider-Man’s main villain in Homecoming.

    In an interview with the TorontoSun, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed the casting when asked what other foes can fans look forward to seeing in the coming films.

    “We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos (in Avengers: Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.”

    image-credit-marvelThis is something we’ve expected for months, but happy to confirm. With Feige’s confirmation we also caught a glimpse of what Vulture will look like via Reddit user Mackey_00 who posted what looks like an internal model for Vulture.

    His costume is in line with what we’ve expected from Marvel. It pays homage to the original without being hokey. We like the leather bomber jacket that invokes the feathered collar of the original costume in an organic way. The tech also looks very similar to what The Falcon uses to fly around in.

    Another Look at the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

    The styling of the look is also similar to other confirmed Spider-Man: Homecoming villain The Shocker.

    Spider-Man: Homecoming thwips into theaters on July 7, 2017.


    New Spider-Man: Homecoming set photos reveal what character Bokeem Woodbine is playing.

    Take a look at the photos via this tweet below.

    That’s Spidey villain Shocker! Pretty straight forward and I like it. This is taking the Crossbones route in terms of appearance which also makes sense as Shocker is a street level villain. They even have similar looking arm gauntlets, but of course Shocker’s will, uh, shock things.

    Our guess is that Shocker is only a distraction that gets taken out early on in the film much like the aforementioned Crossbones, Batroc (the Leaper), or Strucker were in previous Marvel films. Sounds like fun to me.

    Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into– I can’t… I can’t make that joke. Forgive me.

    Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7, 2017.


    | Shocker artwork by Steve Ditko

    Happy Birthday, Zendaya! SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Hits the Casting Jackpot.

    It’s true. The role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming will be filled by Zendaya Coleman, a non-white, non-ginger woman.

    This news is, pardon the pun, Amazing.

    To explain why, we need to step back a few years. Way back to the halcyon days of 2010 when news broke that Mark Webb’s cinematic reboot of Spider-Man was being given the greenlight.

    As a casting call went out for young, nerdy dudes to audition for the dual role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a small but vocal corner of the internet raised its banner for a specific actor: Donald Glover. A young black man.

    Glover, at the time, was a 27-year-old actor-comedian famous for his role as Troy Barnes on the TV show Community, which to this day has a small but rabidly devoted fanbase. Troy was portrayed as a wide-eyed and good-natured naïf yet immature about certain aspects of adulthood and growing up. He’s also a really good rapper/lyricist/musician under the moniker of Childish Gambino.

    For anyone who was a Spider-Man fan before jumping into the absurd, yet very empathetic, universe of Community it wasn’t difficult to see the similarities between the character of Peter Parker and Troy Barnes. So much so that on Twitter the hashtag #donald4spiderman appeared shortly after news of the rebooted franchise hit the internet. Thus, the fan campaign began.

    However, as could be expected by anyone who follows these things, Sony Pictures (who owns the distribution rights to Spider-Man and is co-producing Homecoming with Marvel Studios, thankfully) didn’t contact Glover or even acknowledge that there was a serious campaign in the first place. That’s politics.

    The reason #donald4spiderman became a legitimate fan movement and not another ignored hashtag was due to the fundamental nature of Peter Parker as a character. Unlike other superheroes such as Superman, Batman and Wolverine, there is nothing inherently special about Peter Parker as a person before he gains superpowers.

    Superman is the last of his species. Bruce Wayne is the heir to a vast fortune. Logan is a seemingly immortal mutant.

    On top of these inherent qualities is that the context of their origin stories necessitates the race of the characters as white and privileged. Otherwise the circumstances of their origins could not exist the same way. If any one of them were black instead of white they would be completely different characters.

    Peter Parker isn’t restricted to this issue. He’s a nerdy kid from Queens whose uncle dies as a consequence of his actions. He’s the underdog. These are the fundamental aspects of the character and are devoid of all racial context. Even Spidey’s costume, which Peter designed himself, shows no skin at all and reinforces this “everyman” aspect of his origin.

    Which brings us back to the present. While Donald Glover isn’t playing Spider-Man (currently filled by British-born Tom Holland) the producers of Homecoming have made a solid choice in choosing a talented woman of color to portray Mary Jane Watson who has the distinction of being both the object of Peter’s affection and an independent complex character in her own right (when written correctly). Such a choice opens up the Marvel Cinematic Universe casting pool and, most importantly, reflects our evolving modern society.

    It’s worth noting that even though Donald Glover won’t be Spider-Man, he does have a role (currently unknown) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even more importantly, there is a new Spider-Man in the character of Miles Morales. A teenager of black-hispanic descent, who first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Fallout #4 in 2011, Morales was conceptualized by Brian Michael Bendis after seeing Donald Glover wearing a pair of Spider-Man pajamas as a reference to his campaign in Community’s Second Season premiere. In an interview with USA Today Bendis said, “He looked fantastic! I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’ So I was glad I was writing that book.”

    The rest is now history, and the future looks bright.