Set-visit season truly is like Christmas for nerds who love comic book movies. During their visit to the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Coming Soon was able to get the scoop on the first few scenes of the film, and discovered that the movie opens all the way back in 2012, right after the Battle of New York.
Just a fair warning, if you do not wnat to be spoiled on the upcoming film than be wary that heavy SPOILERS will follow. You have been warned!
The film literally begins in the shadow of Stark Tower, now with its trademark “A” still hanging on. Michael Keaton’s Toomes has arrived with his boys to begin the clean-up process, a nice little contract he’s picked up for his salvage business, only to be stopped by the Department of Damage Control (a nod to the classic Marvel comic series) who are taking over the clean up and send Toomes away.
This is a rather interesting approach for the film, as it not only confirms that Damage Control has been around ever since the events of the first Avengers film, but also that the grudge Toomes holds against Stark may have been building for quite some time. It will be interesting to see if there are multiple conflicts between Toomes’ business and the Department of Damage Control.
Following that, and the Sony and Marvel logos, things will jump into the middle of Civil War, just after Tony Stark has recruited Peter to his side of the fight. A montage will show Peter’s exploits in leaving New York, riding on a private jet to Germany, and taking place in the big airport fight. We’ll also see what he did right after that, hanging around in Europe… literally, as he explores the world in his brand-new Spider-Man suit.
This is quite an interesting approach for the film, as it not only further solidifies that Spider-Man is in fact part of the MCU now, but also gives us a new look at the character. So far, we have mainly seen him be in New York City, so seeing him in various places in Europe could be an interesting visual, as his webs get tangled in the Eiffel Tower, or maybe we see him swing by the Imperial Palace in Vienna. Producer Eric Carroll gave some more insight into how this short montage plays into the story.
“It’s kind of the first time you get to see this tone. We’re really excited about, and we think is fun. After seeing all this amazing, glamourous stuff. Boom… hard cut to him back in his cold weather gear. Riding the subway to school. Crammed next to all the other students, riding public transportation to school and we’ll realize that he’s still waiting for his call from Tony.”
If we go by the first scenes in the film, it sets up quite an interesting parallel arc between the characters. Peter and Toomes were given new opportunities through Stark, but also had them taken away. The latter’s company profited from the increase in heroes, but was pushed away by a Stark-introduced governmental organisation. Peter was able to be more than just a kid in Brooklyn, but when he returned home, he was simply waiting for Stark to give him a call once again. They both look up to the same man in different ways, and potentially those viewpoints will lead to their inevitable clash.
What do you think? Do you think this is a great way to open the movie?