There was a time in the 2000s when Spider-Man was the gold standard of superhero movies, and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 soared to both critical and commercial success and were widely loved by Spider-Man fans and general audiences.
Then it all came apart. Struggles between Raimi and the Sony Pictures resulted in a significantly flawed and less beloved Spider-Man 3. In fact, there's a least one scene in Spider-Man 3 that is still openly mocked by fans. It is a scene that, for most, encapsulates everything wrong with Spider-Man 3. It is the exact moment when most fans say the film completely falls apart, and it is a scene that still keeps the most die-hard Spider-Man fans up at night.
It is the scene in which Spider-Man dances.
Peter Parker, infused with a sense of cool and confidence supplied by the alien symbiote Venom, swoops his hair in the opposite direction then struts his stuff all over New York Club. He buys some new clothes and heads to a jazz club so that he can put on a dance number that will make both Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy jealous.
In retrospect, it is clear what Raimi was trying to do with this sequence – use irony to show all the fans and studio executives who demanded the inclusion of Venom in Spider-Man 3 that the "cool, bad ass" Spider-Man associated with the black Spider-Man suit of the 1980s looks silly when it is forced onto Tobey Maguire in the world Raimi had built around the put-upon, just can't win Peter Parker of the early Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/John Romita Amazing Spider-Man comics of the 1960s – but that doesn't stop the entire bit from being a little cringeworthy, intentionally or otherwise, which is why it remains a sticking point Spider-Man fans.
Thus, Spider-Man fans hopeful about the first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man movie may be a little nervous to hear star Tom Holland say that Spider-Man will be putting on his dancing shoes again in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
"Yes. There is a moment where he dances, and it's so funny," Holland tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's not good dancing. The internet has perceived me as this fantastic dancer. I can still do a couple pirouettes, but I am by no means a proper dancer."
Fans shouldn't panic too much. Only those involved with the film know the context of Spider-Man: Homecoming's dance moment, but it seems unlikely that it will be as extended and hammy as the sequence from Spider-Man 3. Also, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has already shown that superhero dance scenes can be used as a force for good.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will follow a high school-aged Peter Parker who is still learning to balance his personal life with the power and responsibility that comes with being Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.