I'm in a weird spot with this new generation of Spider-Man films. One of the first franchises that had a large impact on my cinematic life was Sam Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy, which was led by Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and James Franco. That trilogy holds a special place in my heart, and it has always been hard for me to imagine another rendition of Spider-Man topping the one that Maguire and Raimi created. There were things I liked in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, particularly the romantic comedy aspects between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, but Sony ultimately botched that one with the misguided sequel. As excited as I am to see Spidey back in Marvel's hands, and as cool as it was to see him fight alongside the Avengers, I'm still quite skeptical about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sure, this is a really great trailer, and I geeked out a bit when I saw the web-slinger and Iron Man fly into action. The high school setting is fun, and the idea of a comic book movie in the vein of John Hughes is novel. But I still don't know how I feel about another reboot and another standalone solo adventure for this character. Because while Kevin Feige and Watts have been adamant that this isn't an origin story, I'm sure that some elements are going to seep into this film.
I'm also not quite keen on the idea of Spider-Man being just another cog in the Marvel machine. Peter Parker almost has a universe all to himself, with a great cast of supporting characters and a group of villains that are nothing short of iconic. With that in mind, it's tough for me to accept that Spidey is simply part of a greater whole now. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but things are beginning to pop up that I'm uneasy about. Don't get me wrong, this is a great trailer for what looks like an exceptionally fun movie. But in all honesty, I won't be sold on this one until the credits roll. As a big fan of the character, I'm enthused by what I'm seeing here, but that healthy dose of skepticism still remains.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 8, 2017.
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