WARNING! If you want to read JUST about the takeaways from this trailer, scroll down till you see jacked Tom Holland. This is probably going to be longer than a reaction to a trailer should be.
The trailer for the newest Spider-Man iteration dropped last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Tom Holland stars as the teenage web slinger; picking up right where he left off in Captain America: Civil War after overwhelmingly positive reviews. By most accounts, Holland stole the show with only about 20 minutes of shared screen time. Holland is the third actor to play Peter Parker on the big screen since 2002 and thus far the fan favorite. Most negatives in the previous two Spider-Man installments where not the fault of the actors, but it ends up being their burden to shoulder. In honor of this trailer, lets take a quick look back at the previous two web heads.
Tobey McGuire was predominately good, especially in the first and second Spider-Man movies. Spider-Man 2 is one of the most critically acclaimed comic movies and McGuire turned in some solid performances throughout the franchise as the nerdy and neurotic Peter Parker. However, he was just 'good' in the role. Often uneven with very little character consistency. Plus, the third Toby McGuire Spider-Man movie gave us the vilified "emo spidey" dance number. Although, not totally on the shoulders of McGuire, that scene was more cringe worthy than a Michael Scott roast session. Again, Tobey McGuire wasn't awful, but he couldn't overcome the fact that he was basically a 30 year old man playing a 16 year old high school student. On a positive note, Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst (my Mary Jane 4eva) gave us the best movie kiss of all-time. Runner-Up: Noah and Ali (obvs).
Andrew Garfield was also good but certainly not the Peter Parker most fans wanted. Andrew Garfield suffers from being a little too cool for Parker. Peter Parker, like most iconic heroes, is extremely intelligent. But, unlike Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne, he's a huge nerd. Again, not totally the fault of Andrew Garfield himself, but Peter Parker wasn't a cool kid skateboarding around the city dishing out sick third degree burns to the cool jocks. Also, I have a tough time getting past Peter Parker using the Spider-Man theme song as his ring tone. Positives from the Garfield version of Spider-Man: almost nails the smart aleck banter but still too cool, awesome Spidey suit, one of my favorite Stan Lee cameos. But, the overblown Parker parents back story, movies with three super villains, and the outrageously coincidental crane operator where too much for me.
Let's breakdown the trailer and see what we can see.
- Tom Holland is the youngest Spider-Man yet at only 20 years old and he certainly pulls off high school age Peter Parker. However, it looks like the kid hit the gym a little bit for his title superhero debut. This is great since he has o squeeze into red and blue "underoos" for all of the filming, but also because Spider_man has always been drawn with some lean muscle. Don't get me wrong, Peter Parker was never jacked like Thor but he definitely worked out.
- SPIDEY HAS COME BACK!!!! TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! Obviously we knew Spidey was back in the hands of Marvel (50%) and out from under the control of Sony (still has 50%). It's not as though Sony ruined Spider-Man, like some other studios have done for some other childhood heroes. (The Last Son of Krypton would NEVER EVER kill General Zod. Not like that) But, without the Spider-Man property in the Hands of Marvel we could never seen him and other heroes on the same screen. We got a glimpse of the awesome chemistry and charisma between Holland and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and according to this tailer we get a lot more crossover in his stand alone flick. Marvel and Disney are paying RDJ like a zillion bucks for the contractual rights to his facial hair and witty repartee, so it's great to see they're shoe horning him into everything. But seriously, RDJ is great and I think he'll help the movie.
- Looks like Donald Glover plays a bad guy and so does this Tom Hardy look-a-like. Is that Tom Hardy? Doubt it. Either way, it would be pretty surprising to see Donald Glover wasted as a lowly henchman to the Vulture.
- Speaking of the Vulture.....Looks like they're taking the techy route with his ability of flight and his overall suit. I like that approach as a means of bringing the villain to the movies. Additionally, Michael Keaton is great and I'm sure he's going to be menacing and evil the way we need him to be in this movie.
- Do you see that?! A long line of genius physicists capped off by Dr. Bruce Banner AKA the Incredible Hulk. This is the type of attention to detail that Marvel supplies and I couldn't love it anymore if I tried.
- Final Thoughts.......What's with all these new characters? Some girl named Liz? The loser best friend? Get them out of my Spider-Man movie. I want Mary Jane Watson and I want her now. Just re-dub the entire movie so that Liz girl is named MJ. You're welcome marvel.
- Need more Marisa Tomei. Listen, I'm not happy that Aunt May is hot. Aunt May needs to look like an old Aunt! Not a young, my older sister had a kid while I was still in High School, Aunt. BUT, if hot Aunt May is going to be Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, I need more of her.
Movie comes out July 7th, 2017, they have my money already.