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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Looks Like a Burst of Fun But... Is That It?

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | December 8, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Trailers | December 8, 2016 |

The trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming aired tonight during Jimmy Kimmel Live. It was, to a lot of fans, highly anticipated. Like, REALLY highly.

And for those superfans, the trailer probably didn’t disappoint. It features a babyfaced Tom Holland (the youngest film Spidey so far at only 20), a dash of Zendaya, and a lot of jokes. Spidey loves jokes.

Now here’s where I go full Debbie Downer. Because the talk around this movie has made it very clear, time and again, that this is not an origin story. It’s not the same Uncle-Ben-dying-Peter-claiming-great-responsibility story we’ve seen too many times.

Except… isn’t it?

Here, he’s learning to become an Avenger, not how to become Spider-Man. But Peter is still in high school. Zendaya is (hopefully more than) a love interest/Mary-Jane proxy (her character’s name is Michelle on IMDB), and Peter Parker still needs a strong male authority figure projecting inspiration and disappointment. So we don’t have Ben, good, I don’t need those tears again. But in his place, we have Tony Stark. How much of this is meant to actually look any different than the story we’ve seen before?

Don’t listen to me, though. I’m just a Negative Nancy. How much can you even tell from a trailer? (I mean besides that being the only actual point of a trailer, to tell us things. Shh. I’m doing it again.) Focus of the impressive funny flying squirrel joke boy. I don’t want to undercut that this really does look fun as hell. The high school bits, especially, are where Tom Holland shines.

If nothing else, this really does look like a good, fun summer (July 7th, to be exact) blockbustery time.

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