When it comes to superheroes, Marvel’s resident web-slinger is the one on everyone’s mind, thanks in large part to the brand new trailer that was released today for “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” However, while most people are currently focusing on Spidey, director Jon Watts says the film will also give us our first look at the all-new Tony Stark.
In an interview with Fandango, Watts was asked if the version of Tony Stark we see in the film will be one that we haven’t seen yet. “Absolutely,” Watts replied. “You have to think about the implications of what he did in Civil War, which is pluck this 15-year-old kid our of obscurity and bring him to Germany to embark on this insane adventure. And then he just drops him off at the end of it while he continues his part of the story. There’s a lot of repercussions to that. Is it a first step towards Tony as some sort of mentor figure? Is he comfortable with that? Has he ever seen himself as that? Or is he the one who’s needed the mentoring along the way? I think it’s a really interesting facet of Tony Stark’s personality that we get to explore in his relationship with Peter.”
So far, the trailers haven’t been shy when it comes to showing Tony’s role as a mentor to the young Peter Parker, so this news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. What’s interesting, though, is Watts’ comment about Tony possibly being the one who needs mentoring. Will we see the Armored Avenger pick up a thing or two from the wall-crawler? It isn’t something that’s been explored heavily in the comics, since the characters are similarly-aged peers, but thanks to the film’s different dynamic, could prove to be a new storytelling road to explore.
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”), and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.