Sony’s Spider-Man reboot may finally have it’s working title – Spider-Man: Homecoming. The title of this new Spider-Man reboot was speculated on last week, with Homecoming appearing to be a strong possibility, though Birth Movies Death claims that this is the film’s working title. On top of that, the site also suggests that in terms of the movie’s villain, we may see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man against the Vulture/Adrian Toomes.
The Vulture is a classic Spider-Man villain, first introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 in 1963, which makes him one of Spidey’s first and oldest villains. In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man continuity, plans were put into place to bring Vulture into a fourth movie as the villain, but that never happened, and Sony ended up rebooting the series in 2012 with director Marc Webb. However, even in that iteration, the Vulture didn’t completely vanish, because there was a hint at the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The character’s wings were in OsCorp next to Doctor Octopus’ arms, but if you blinked you may have missed it. Some thought actor Colm Feore, who appeared in the movie as Donald Menken, was actually Adrian Toomes/Vulture, but that was never confirmed. So, in Spider-Man’s cinematic history, there has been more than one attempt to bring this villain to the screen, and we’ll have to wait for Sony/Marvel Studios to debunk this rumor, or wait for some kind of official confirmation.
Spider-Man himself is going to appear in Captain America: Civil War, being played by Tom Holland, before he stars in his solo reboot. Fans have been overjoyed ever since Sony and Marvel Studio’s deal was announced, and many wondered just how much input Marvel has with the character. Well, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke with Collider about the Spider-Man reboot and how he will participate in the production. Feige ultimately revealed that Marvel actually has a little more input than some may have originally guessed.
“We’re working very much [together]. It is a— I don’t know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film. The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film, and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.”
Also, Captain America: Civil War was screened early for critics, and they’ve all largely applauded the film, especially Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Since Spidey was announced to appear in the MCU during Civil War‘s script phase, fans were curious as to how large of a role the Web Slinger would play. Some guessed he would only appear in a cameo, but according to one individual who saw the film early, you can expect to see nearly 30 minutes of the character.
This Spider-Man reboot, thankfully, isn’t going to be another origin story, Feige himself has confirmed so. At this point, audiences are certainly familiar with how Peter Parker came to be Spider-Man. But Feige did go on to say that certain elements from his past will be touched on in the film. It’s a safe bet this means Uncle Ben will be mentioned.
“There are events that made Peter who he was, and we’ll certainly allude to those events, but we’re much more focused on his future and how he continues to grow and have a steep learning curve after, certainly, the adventure he had in Civil War on how to be his own hero.”
So whatever the character goes through in Civil War will carry over into his solo film, which makes perfect sense. It is also an element that separates this version of Spider-Man from the ones that came before it — not to mention the fact that certain already-established MCU characters will appear in the film. If the title of this reboot is indeed Spider-Man: Homecoming, then it’s possible that the story may take elements from a particular story in the comics, one where Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America appeared.
In that story, Peter returned home from a far away planet where the Secret Wars event took place — an event that featured a plethora of Marvel characters fighting each other. Funny enough, Spider-Man will be returning from a civil “war” in his standalone movie, which is an interesting tidbit.
UPDATE: April 13, 2016 1:03 a.m. PST
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has confirmed the title — Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6, 2016. Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man reboot, directed by Jon Watts, is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.
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