With great power comes,,, some pretty sweet beats.
Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” might have ruled Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart for the better part of two months, but the singer better make way for a seasoned challenger: Spider-Man. A new music video parodies Bruno Mars’ chart-topping song by replacing the ballad’s central message—wooing one’s lady—with lyrics that get to the heart of how hard it is to be New York’s own web-slinging superhero.
The video, produced by Nerdist, largely draws inspiration from Tom Holland’s run as Spider-Man, as seen in “Captain America: Civil War” and the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It features references to Spider-Man’s working relationship with Tony Stark, his brief stint as an Avenger, the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the primary antagonist in “Homecoming,” the Vulture.
The Spider-Man in the video is not Holland, though. Ben Carter donned the red and blue suit for the video, and even choreographed the entire routine.
Vocals for the music video were provided by singer-songwriter Jay Long. The suit was created by Instagram and YouTube user bboyspiderman, a cosplayer who creates and sells superhero costumes, most notably a variety of Spider-Man suits. The video’s music was produced by Freddy Scott.
The video also features white line drawings that play off and react to Carter’s dance routine, much like in the Bruno Mars video of origin. This effect was illustrated by artist Leah Tiscione, who has served as a graphic designer at “The New York Post” and “Sky and Telescope Magazine.”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a production of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.