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As we all await tonight’s unveiling of the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have sent an exclusive image to USA Today to hold us over. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) had better keep his back turned to the elevated train passing by to hide his secret identity as Peter Parker. In addition to the image, the filmmakers shared some new details about the film.

Holland, for starters, doesn’t see Spider-Man: Homecoming as an action movie.

“[It’s] more a character piece about this kid who’s struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city.

“This is really a movie where Spider-Man’s not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes.”

Co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll spoke of Peter’s transition to his everyday life after participating in a massive superhero brawl across the ocean in Captain America: Civil War.

“He literally just went to Europe with the coolest clique of them all. And now he’s back with the academic decathlon and the mathletes and going, ‘What am I doing here?’


Things will never be completely normal for Peter, of course, as Holland shares one of the first accounts of the film’s villain, the Vulture (Michael Keaton).

“The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking.”

Scary as the Vulture may be, there may not be all that much (besides age) that sets this new villain and Peter Parker apart, according to director Jon Watts.

“It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains, too.”

The Vulture’s real name is Adrian Toomes and while he may not truly pass for a “regular guy,” his background in the comics isn’t all that extraordinary. He’s not the wealthy CEO of some billion-dollar corporation, but an electronics engineer who turns to crime. I love Watts’ approach to this, possibly making the Vulture the opposite side of the same coin on which we find Peter Parker, exploring the differences in what humans do when they suddenly find themselves with more power than they’ve ever had before and why they make certain choices.

To help combat the Vulture, Spider-Man will learn that the new suit he got from Tony Stark has a lot more to it than he initially thought. Spider-Man: Homecoming producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains:

“[The suit] can do a lot more than he even realizes right now; you begin to see just how much Tony Stark loves bells and whistles.”

Feige shared perhaps the best news of the entire article in that there will be not one, but two Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers released tonight. There will be the domestic trailer, which will debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and an international trailer. Both trailers will be online this evening and while there will be plenty of overlap, they will feature some different shots and lines of dialogue.

Paul Hermann and I will be on standby this evening, ready to record our reactions to both Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers as soon as they’re released for the next Marvel News podcast!

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be in theaters July 7, 2017.