Over the last few installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the stakes have been pretty grand with the focus on the end of the world and the end of the Avengers as we know it. When you look at the universe that way, it is easy to get lost in just how big the stakes are becoming, but there are plenty of other things happening that do not involve an evil A.I. hoping to destroy humanity or the registering of every Avenger. In fact, over the same period of time as these events unfolding both Netflix and ABC shows have been building out the smaller corners of the MCU.
These shows provide us with a different and personal look at the bigger events in play, while the movies focus on themselves. This idea seems to be getting adapted for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it should not be that big of a surprise. All the talk of a high school movie with a John Hughes feel does not add up to an end of the world level event. Instead, they are focusing on the life of a teenage superhero who can’t tell anyone about his other life. While speaking to Comicbook.com, director Jon Watts said this type of story and this hero in particular lends itself to providing a “ground floor” perspective on the MCU.
I think of it as the ground floor. If the Avengers Tower is the penthouse and we know what it’s like to be a millionaire, billionaire playboy to be Tony or we know what it’s like to be a God on another planet, that’s the penthouse level of the MCU. Spider-Man is the ground floor. What does a high school in the MCU look like? What does riding the subway in the MCU feel like? Spider-Man seems like the most perfect opportunity because he’s the most regular person in the canon that I thought he was a great chance to show what that angle of the MCU feels like.
Getting to see a big budget superhero movie explore such a small and personal story is exciting, and Marvel has had success with that in the past with Ant-Man. Spider-Man allows them to go younger and explore that idea in a different direction, but I’m not sure he is the “most regular person in the canon.” After all, I would say Spidey’s nearby fellow hero Daredevil is much more regular than a guy that can sling webs and crawl on walls. In terms of the movie side, Peter is absolutely the most regular guy outside of the costume, but when he is wearing the red and blue suit, he is something very unique. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit theaters July 7th, 2017.