Despite being the focus of two different series of films, there's a lot of pressure riding on the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
The character has existed within his own bubble for over a decade, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield portraying the Wallcrawler in their own franchises. But now things are different. Now, Spider-Man exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When Tom Holland's stars in a major feature film in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he'll be mentored by none other than Robert Downey Jr. in his portrayal of Tony Stark, a year after the character debuted in Captain America: Civil War.
But the responsibility of helming Spider-Man's latest feature film is even more daunting now that he's being introduced into the well-established Marvel Studios universe. And those duties fall on director Jon Watts. And yet he feels like it's where the Webslinger belongs.
"That's where he was always meant to be, he was introduced to give a kid's perspective on this crazy world of superheroes, and up until now Spider-Man has been alone," Watts said to the Hollywood Reporter during the CineEurope event.
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Spider-Man has typically embodied the Marvel notion of "the world outside your window," especially given that he's the kid next door who happened to inherit super powers. Now we get to see him interact with established Marvel characters like Iron Man and Captain America—though it's taken years for these events to actually transpire, it almost seems like it was always written in the stars.
Spider-Man: Homecoming debuts in theaters on July 7.
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Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine -- distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
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.