Spider-Man, an adolescent superhero named Peter Parker with the speed, strength and power of a spider, may have stuck to the walls of pop culture for decades. With an origin story published in 1962, Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the young hero’s story seems to have endured the test of time. What may have provided the alliterative Peter Parker with such longevity seems to be the character’s relatability.
As a high school student, who had to balance the both sides of his life, Peter Parker soon learned “with great power comes great responsibility”. This phase may go on to define Peter Parker as a relatable character and one whose story is retold again and again. From his own animated series to live action adaptations, Peter Parker’s numerous appearances may have resulted in several actors wearing the iconic red and blue suit.
In 2002 director Sam Raimi (Oz the Great and Powerful) accepted the challenge of bringing the Spider-Man to the big screen. To introduce a live action version of the character Sam Raimi cast Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker. Upon release, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man was hailed a commercial success, grossing over $800 million worldwide. The success of Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man resulted a trilogy of films, concluding with Spider-Man 3 in 2007. However, this was far from the last time audiences would see Spider-Man swing across the big screen.
In 2012 Spider-Man returned, this time as “The Amazing Spider-Man” and with a fresh face in the lead role. For this reboot actor Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) was cast as Peter Parker. Additionally, it was Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) who stepped into the directorial seat to offer audiences another helping of their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man eventually released a sequel in 2014 which concluded Andrew Garfield’s run as Spidey.It may seem Hollywood is still fond of the teenage superhero as shortly after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marvel announced the series aims to be rebooted once again. This time a new actor may step into the role of Spider-Man and continue the legacy of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
This new Spider-Man aims to distinguish himself from his predecessors as Marvel seems to integrate the character into their cinematic universe. Marvel’s shared cinematic universe aims to encompass several recognisable heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man and, most recently, Doctor Strange.This collective of super powered individuals continues to grow and it was during the events of the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War audiences got their first look at the new Spider-Man. Tom Holland (The Impossible, In the Heart of the Sea) was cast as Peter Parker as he journeyed alongside the Avengers and Marvels Cinematic Universe.
After Tom Holland’s debut as Spider-Man, Marvel announced the actor aims to return in his first solo film. Named Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland’s solo feature seems to be directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car, The Onion News Network) who aims to provide a fresh take on a character audiences may have already seen several times before.This brings audiences up-to-date and the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is available to watch now. Featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, the trailer showcases a light-hearted tone and gives audiences a brief glimpse at the relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr, as he takes the young Spider-Man under his tutelage.
The trailer seems to showcase an entertaining film full of one-liners and high octane action sequences as Spider-Man: Homecoming aims to reintroduce Tom Holland as this generation’s Spider-Man. Currently sitting at 18 million views, this premier trailer may serve to prepare audiences for the return of the web slinging hero in this upcoming blockbuster from Marvel Studios.
How does Spider-Man Homecoming aim to offer a new perspective on a classic character?