Low-resolution stills evidently taken from the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming were posted on the image-sharing site Imgur; one of which features Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his crew, including Michelle Gonzales (Zendaya), Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), and Liz Allan (Laura Harrier) posing for what could only be contextualized as a yearbook photo, unless it’s simply a picture of the cast members.
Given Ned’s toothy smile, however, it’s safe to assume that this was taken in character. This image is pretty straight forward- not much up for interpretation, save for the nondescript black box covering a portion of the photo, which is presumably just a capture error.
The second still, on the other hand, could possibly give insight to a secondary conflict for Parker in this film. The image displays an apparently jealous Michelle observing Peter hitting it off with Liz during a high school dance (presumably homecoming). Perhaps becoming a crime-fighting, web-slinging superhero inspired a sense of courage in our pubescent protagonist, but while pursuing an obvious object of desire he began to neglect those that were there for him before the powers.
This love-triangle plot device could add an interesting layer of diversity beyond the classic Superhero vs. Super-villain action-oriented plot. If these suspicions come to fruition, this film will prove to be a coming-of-age story the likes of which the MCU has yet to see:
“A teenage boy has to juggle two cute girls, Michael Keaton dressed up as a bird (but evil and mechanical this time), and school all at once?! Oh jeez, and midterms are tomorrow!”
While this subplot is merely speculation at this point, it could definitely add an interesting dynamic that the audience would be sure to eat up completely.
Be sure to check out all of Peter Parker’s crazy happenings when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits the big screen on July 7th, 2017.