I’m very fond of the idea of Spider-Man being “in” the Marvel Cinematic Universe, officially. His brief scene in CIVIL WAR handily demonstrated the innate benefit of this kind of character brings to the proceedings, and I’m excited by the prospect of maybe potentially seeing Spidey and The Hulk interact, even if only for a single scene.
More solo Spider-Man movies, on the other hand? I’ve pretty much resigned myself to keeping my expectations low. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING will all but certainly improve on the disastrous “AMAZING” movies (it’s still astonishing just how awful those were); but it’s equally a given that this will be the first MCU project to not be the “best” version of its own material – no one making modern superhero movies has managed to outgun Sam Raimi yet, and I don’t expect this to break the streak:
Don’t get me wrong: This looks just fine. If I’m being honest, I liked the previous trailer (the one that focused on the high school stuff over the action beats – that’s what’s going to set this apart and make it work) better; and I’m not nuts about how Iron Man-heavy this is. Yeah, I get it, the AMAZING duology has tainted the brand worse than anything since the Clone Saga and people need to be won back over, but “Marvel SPIDER-MAN movie” should be enough of a sell without needing to plaster Downey all over it. It’s a solid trailer, though, and still looks like a fun movie.
That said, I really like the implication that he won’t be keeping the Stark-designed suit for the whole movie, or maybe not going forward. I’m not nuts about the design (ironically, AMAZING 2 had the best-looking Spidey suit ever) but more substantively a Spider-Man who’s relying on outside backup for his gear just doesn’t work without totally overhauling the character: A Peter Parker with a billionaire surrogate dad on speed-dial doesn’t have the financial and personal hangups that constitute the entire novelty of a superhero whose also a hard-luck youngster, and one has to imagine Marvel (if not Sony, who are apparently about to piss away millions on a Silver Sable movie) knows this.