Spider-Man: Homecoming Director Talks High School Setting; Tom Holland Dishes On His Peter Parker


In hindsight, Marvel Studios’ presence at San Diego Comic-Con may not have heralded as much new footage as that of Warner Bros. – Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, King Arthur and even Justice League each enjoyed their time in the limelight – but after confirming Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and unveiling a fresh look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s good doctor, there’s still plenty for fans to chew over.

Speaking of which, many of the key players involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming were in attendance at the annual event, and IGN spoke to both Tom Holland and director Jon Watts about the finer details of Marvel’s 2017 reboot.


Nipping at the heels of a report that seemingly outs two new villains, Watts began by outlining the core appeal of Peter Parker who, despite the global calamities that often follow The Avengers, still has his nose in the books as an ordinary high school student.

“That was always the idea. To me, one of the things that makes Peter Parker so interesting is that in this crazy world, where the Avengers exist and where all of these incredible things are happening, there is still high school. Plus, he has a secret identity and no one can know. It just allows you to tell a very unique story in this already amazing world.”

Following up on an eye-catching debut in Civil War, IGN then turned to Tom Holland to ask the up-and-comer about how his approach to the character has developed since Joe and Anthony Russo’s threequel.

“I think the one thing I have to keep reminding myself is that he’s a kid. Like he is a normal kid, but the thing that makes him not normal is that he’s a superhero. And I think one of the nicest things in the comics is seeing him a kid trying to fit in his chemistry homework but also save the city. That’s something Jon [Watts] and I are really passionate about.”

Embracing his newfound identity as Spidey, Tom Holland is joined in Spider-Man: Homecoming by Oscar-winner Michael Keaton (The Vulture), Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Michael Mando, Bokeem Woodbine, Abraham Attah, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Garcelle Beauvais, Tiffany Espensen, Zendaya and The Nice Guys breakout Angourie Rice.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is earmarked for theatrical release on July 7, 2017.

Source: IGN