SPOILER WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens Friday nationwide.
Though some fans have criticized the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers for revealing too much of the plot, it seems that some of the shots featured in the promotional material didn’t make into the final cut of the film, nor were they intended to.
Homecoming director Jon Watts revealed two scenes were cut: one where Vulture (Michael Keaton) descends towards the camera in the atrium of a hotel, and another where Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) swoop through Queens. Although he did adapt elements of the atrium shot for the final release, both of the clips were initially created for marketing purposes.
“The hotel atrium shot was originally created for Comic-Con, for like a sizzle reel before we had really shot anything; we had shot like two weeks of footage or something,” Watts told ScreenCrush. “That was never meant to be in the movie. But I did use that angle for Vulture’s reveal at the beginning of the movie; Vulture’s hovering, swooping towards the camera like that. I used that shot, it’s just no longer in an Atlanta hotel atrium. And then shot of [Spider-Man and Iron Man] together in Queens, that was never in the movie.”
Going more in depth about the clip of Spider-Man and Iron Man together, Watts said, “I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together. And they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great — the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like ‘Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.’ Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there. I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot. It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”
Those scenes from the trailer weren’t the only ones to hit the cutting room floor. Scenes featuring Laura Harrier (Liz Allen) and Holland kissing were also removed from the film. “We did a lot of different kissing scenes and none of them are in the movie now,” Harrier told ComicBook.com.
Opening Friday nationwide, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
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