After employing some of the top names in the business to helm their early productions, Marvel Studios' game plan has shifted to handing newer directors the reins to their films.
Now that they've experienced hits from the Russo Brothers and Scott Derrickson, Marvel is allowing relative newcomer Jon Watts to handle Spider-Man: Homecoming. But the Cop Car director wasn't always locked in to make the movie. Watts had to campaign to get it.
"I didn't think I was gonna get the job, at all. I had a really great meeting with them – an initial meeting after they had seen Cop Car – and I really didn't ever think I was going to get it," Watts said to Den of Geek. "I had been wanting to make a coming of age movie, though, so when it was sort of floated that they were gonna make Spider-Man younger than we've ever really seen him before... that was really exciting. I had already been trying to make that sort of a movie, so I took all of those ideas I had been working on and kind of projected them onto this film."
Watts said he had to persist to people at Marvel and Sony, and decided to give them a version of the film he wanted to make.
"I made like a mood reel, just editing together a bunch of clips into almost like a fake trailer," Watts said. "To show people the tone I was imagining. And I storyboarded a bunch of sequences that I sent to them, and just... I thought it was going to be really good practice for pitching to big studios. I really didn't think I was gonna get it, until the very very end."
Everyone will get to see Watts' version of the a superheroic coming-of-age film when Spider-Man: Homecoming premieres on July 7.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with theAvengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, JacobBatalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with MarisaTomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, KennethChoi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
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