If you’re tired of watching Uncle Ben die, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” might just be the movie for you. During a set visit, Nerdist learned that Marvel’s upcoming “Spider-Man” film won’t rehash the Web Slinger’s infamous origin story on screen — which means no radioactive spider bite, no Daily Bugle and no Uncle Ben, though he will be mentioned.
“We’re trying to tell is this sort of fun story of the kid who is doing all the wrong things for the right reasons,” explained Marvel producer Eric Caroll. “And once you do that, it stops becoming a fun movie about a kid trying to be a kid. He’s mourning the loss of a parent.”
Of course, it seems these elements will remain a part of Peter Parker’s story, though they won’t be shown through flashback. Rather than revolving around Uncle Ben’s death, the film will deal with Peter’s newfound taste for heroism after his brush with the Avengers back in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Following multiple animated cartoons and two blockbuster film series, Spider-Man’s origin story is very familiar to moviegoers: a nerdy kid gets bitten by a radioactive spider, he gains super spider powers, he misuses those powers and it results in the death of his beloved Uncle Ben, who once told him that with great power comes great responsibility. Subsequently, he takes to the streets as Spider-Man and uses his abilities to put a stop to crime throughout New York City. Seeing as the film will skip over this crucial part of Peter’s story, it seems that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will trust its audience to know this fundamental part of the character and move forward with a newer, fuller narrative that will fight right in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” follows the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” The film, described as “a coming-of-age story,” finds Peter attending his high school for gifted kids, trying to impress his new benefactor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and also dealing with a pesky arch enemy, the Vulture (Michael Keaton).
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.
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