Created by: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Produced by: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Other cast: Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr.
Release date: 7 July 2017
Premiere date: 28 June 2017
Genre: Comic book, Action-Adventure
Running time: 133 minutes
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.
Following the Battle of New York in The Avengers, Adrian Toomes and his salvage company are contracted to clean up the city, but their operation is taken over by the Department of Damage Control, a partnership between Tony Stark and the United States government. Enraged at being driven out of business, Toomes persuades his employees to keep the Chitauri technology they have already scavenged and use it to create and sell advanced weapons. Eight years later, Peter Parker is drafted into the Avengers by Stark to help with an internal dispute in Berlin,[N 2] but resumes his studies at the Midtown School of Science and Technology when Stark tells him he is not yet ready to become a full Avenger.
Parker quits his school’s academic decathlon team to spend more time focusing on his crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man. One night, after preventing criminals from robbing an ATM with their advanced weapons Toomes sold them, Parker returns to his Queens apartment, where his best friend Ned discovers his secret identity. On another night, Parker comes across Toomes’ associates Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz selling weapons to local criminal Aaron Davis. Parker saves Davis before being caught by Toomes and dropped in a lake, nearly drowning after becoming tangled in a parachute built into his suit. He is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring the Spider-Man suit he gave Parker and warns him against further involvement with the criminals. Toomes accidentally kills Brice with one of their weapons, and Schultz becomes the new Shocker.
Parker and Ned study a weapon Brice left behind, removing its power core. When a tracking device on Schultz leads to Maryland, Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C. for their national tournament. Ned and Parker disable the tracker Stark implanted in the Spider-Man suit, and unlock its advanced features. Parker tries to stop Toomes from stealing weapons from a D.O.D.C. truck, but is trapped inside, causing him to miss the decathlon tournament. When he discovers that the power core is an unstable Chitauri grenade, Parker races to the Washington Monument, where the core explodes and traps Ned and their friends in an elevator. Evading local authorities, Parker saves his friends, including his classmate and crush Liz. Returning to New York City, Parker persuades Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts. Aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures Toomes’ new buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes and a malfunctioning weapon tears the ferry in half. Stark helps Parker save the passengers and confiscates his suit as punishment for his recklessness.
Parker returns to his high school life, and eventually asks Liz to go to the homecoming dance with him. On the night of the dance, Parker discovers that Toomes is Liz’s dad. Deducing Parker’s secret identity from Liz’s account about him, Toomes threatens retaliation if he continues to interfere with his plans. During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a D.O.D.C. plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters, dons his old homemade Spider-Man suit, and races to Toomes’ lair. Though he is ambushed by Schultz, he defeats him with Ned’s help. At the lair, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves Parker to die. Parker escapes the rubble and intercepts the plane, steering it to crash on the beach near Coney Island. He and Toomes continue fighting, ending with Parker saving Toomes’ life after the damaged Vulture suit explodes, and leaving him for the police along with the plane’s cargo. After her father’s arrest, Liz moves away, Parker declines an invitation from Stark to join the Avengers full-time, and Stark proposes to Pepper Potts. He also returns the Spider-Man suit to Parker, who puts it on in his bedroom just as his Aunt May walks in.
In a mid-credits scene, an incarcerated Gargan approaches Toomes in prison, saying he has heard that the latter knows Spider-Man’s real identity, which Toomes denies.
During the November 2014 hacking of Sony’s computers, emails between Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and president Doug Belgrad were leaked, revealing that Sony wanted Marvel Studios to produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man films while Sony retained “creative control, marketing and distribution.” Marvel had been working to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since at least October 2014, when they announced their slate of Phase Three films.
After discussions between Sony and Marvel broke down, Sony planned to proceed with its own slate of new Spider-Man films. However, in February 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they would release a new Spider-Man film together, with Kevin Feige and Pascal producing. The character would first appear in an earlier Marvel Cinematic Universe film, which was later revealed to be Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios would explore opportunities to integrate Cinematic Universe characters into future Spider-Man films, which Sony Pictures would continue to finance, distribute, and have final creative control over.
Both studios have the ability to terminate the agreement at any point, and no money was exchanged with the deal. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, producers for The Amazing Spider-Man series, were set to serve as executive producers, though neither director Marc Webb nor actor Andrew Garfield were returning for the new film. Sony was reportedly looking for a younger actor to play Spider-Man, with Logan Lerman and Dylan O’Brien considered the front-runners. Later, while promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige said that the character of Peter Parker would be around fifteen or sixteen-years-old in the film, and the film wouldn’t be an origin story. Later in April, Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothée Chalamet, and Liam James were all under consideration by Sony and Marvel to play Spider-Man, with Tom Holland and Asa Butterfield being considered the front-runners.
In May 2015, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe screen-tested for the lead role against Robert Downey Jr. in front of Feige, Pascal, and the Russo brothers (the directors of Captain America: Civil War). Tom Holland also tested with Chris Evans after he emerged as the favourite. On 23 June 23 2015, Marvel and Sony officially announced that Tom Holland would star as Spider-Man in the upcoming films.
In January 2016, Sony shifted the film’s release date to July 7, 2017, and said the film would be digitally remastered for IMAX 3D in post-production. In early March, Zendaya was cast in the film as Michelle, and Marissa Tomei was confirmed as Aunt May Parker. The following month, Kevin Feige confirmed that characters from previous MCU films would appear, and clarified that the deal formed with Sony does not specify which characters can and cannot crossover. Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman further added that Sony has final greenlight authority, but were deferring creative decisions to Marvel for the time being. At CinemaCon 2016, Sony confirmed that the title of the film would be Spider-Man: Homecoming, a reference to both the common high school tradition of homecoming, as well as the character coming home to Marvel and the MCU.
Principal photography began on 20 June 2016, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, under the working title Summer of George. Salvatore Totino served as director of photography.Filming also took place in Atlanta, with locations including Grady High School, Downtown Atlanta, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Piedmont Park, the Georgia World Congress Center, and the West End neighbourhood. A replica of the Staten Island Ferry was built in Atlanta, with the ability to open and close in half in 10 to 12 seconds and be flooded with 40,000 gallons of water in 8 seconds. Additional filming also occurred at two magnet schools in the Van Nuys and Reseda neighbourhoods of Los Angeles.
Principal photography wrapped on 2 October 2016, in New York City. Some additional filming taking place later in the month in Berlin, Germany, near the Brandenburg Gate.
Spider-Man: Homecoming held its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on 28 June 2017, and was released in the United Kingdom on 5 July. It opened in additional international markets on 6 July, with 23,400 screens in 56 markets for its opening weekend. The film was released in the United States on 7 July in 4,348 theaters, including 3D screenings after being originally slated for release on 28 July.
Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed over $334.2 million in the United States and Canada, and $546 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $880.2 million. By 24 September 2017, the film had earned $874.4 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing superhero film of 2017, and the sixth-largest film based on a Marvel character. Deadline Hollywood later calculated the net profit of the film to be $200.1 million.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 92% approval rating based on 390 reviews, with an average score of 7.7/10.
While promoting How I Live Now in 2013, Tom joked, “Maybe Spider-Man, in ten years time. The reboot of the reboot, if they do that.”
Aaron Davis mentions he has a nephew. In the comics, Aaron Davis is the Ultimate Marvel universe version of the villain “The Prowler,” whose nephew is Miles Morales, the second Ultimate Spider-Man.
Tom spent a few days attending classes at the Bronx High School of Science in New York City to prepare for his role as Peter Parker. He used his acting coach’s name as an alias.
Pictures of Howard Stark, Abraham Erskine, and Bruce Banner can be seen in Peter Parker’s school.
While some fans complained about the hi-tech Spider-Man suit, many of the gadgets were ideas that appeared at one time or another in the Spider-Man comic books over the years.
This is the first Spider-Man movie where the Osborn family company Oscorp does not appear, or play any significant role.
The film was sent to theatres under the title “Scavenger.”
Michael Keaton said the only research he did for his role as The Vulture was talking with his friend’s two daughters who knew the character from the comics.