The Opening to Spider-Man: Homecoming Gets the Anime Treatment

Most shounen manga are exceptionally predictable. A typical example follows the story of a teenage male outcast with special abilities looking to make a difference in the world, whether as a superhero, a ninja, or an uber-talented chef. This hapless underdog is meant to be an inspiration, and he navigates friends, family, and relationships hoping to achieve his dreams and grow as a person. Romance is optional (although conventionally used as a subplot), and the hero typically has a mentor.

If that sounds familiar, it's because Spider-Man: Homecoming had essentially the same plot: A flawed hero, simply aching to do the right thing. Indie filmmaker No Name Animation picked up on this and crafted an anime opening taken from several scenes in the film.

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Like most textbook shounen openings, Spider-Man's began with a school scene — as Peter Parker rather than Spidey — before finally cutting to his secret identity. The first verse breaks in and each of the supporting characters are introduced one-by-one in a series of paced slides, beginning with the film's teens (Peter, Ned, and Liz) and concluding with its adults (Aunt May and Happy), villains (Adrian Toomes), and well-meaning mentors (Tony Stark).

As the beat continues to pick up, the opening takes us through scenes lifted straight from the climax of the movie, when Spider-Man is working out his double life, clumsily plowing through streets, and desperately trying to one-up the Vulture. The 1 minute and 20 second video collage ends with Peter, Ned, and Liz, three characters from Homecoming that would easily have become the protagonists — a la Team 7 from Naruto — if Spider-Man had been a shounen anime.

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No Name Animation cleverly made use of KANA-BOON's "Silhouette" to deliver the emotional impact necessary for a Spider-Man opening. The song was notably used in Naruto Shippuden to denote Naruto Uzumaki's journey from underdog to hero, and the numerous sacrifices he'd had to make to get from point A to point B. No Name Animation had previously given Thor: Ragnarok the anime treatment, similarly juxtaposing scenes from the film with a popular anime theme song, this time "Rising Hope" from Japanese idol LiSA.

Due for release on July 5, 2019, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is directed by Jon Watts.

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