Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tony Stark is reluctant mentor in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer 2

Judging from the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Homecoming," Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark has been pulled into the role of being the reluctant mentor to Tom Holland's Peter Parker.

Stark/Iron Man will have more than an extended cameo in the first solo Spider-Man film for Marvel Studios, but when it comes down to it, Parker's Spidey knows he has to handle and take down the Vulture (Michael Keaton — how great is that casting?) on his own.

This footage emphasizes several things: Parker's relationship with Stark, Parker being a high school student whose closest friend is likely as much of an outsider as he is and of course, Parker finding what it takes in being a superhero.

The "Homecoming" subtitle is brilliant. It has a triple meaning.

On the surface, it could refer to the homecoming festivities at Parker's school. (There's a banner on the wall of the hallway in one scene, most likely the first trailer, which starts with Spider-Man stopping the burglars wearing the Avengers Halloween masks.)

The second meaning is what Parker is going through as he comes home to Queens. He's likely, uh, antsy to do more Spider-Man heroics, having been a part of Team Iron Man taking on Team Cap's portion of the Avengers in "Captain America: Civil War."

"Hey! You guys aren't the Avengers.. …"
The first "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer starts with this hysterical
scene of Spidey casually chatting up these guys who are in the middle
of breaking into an ATM.
But it's the third meaning that's the most clever: Spider-Man has come home to Marvel Studios so he can be a part of Marvel's cinematic universe. (It's only a matter a time — and a whole lot of money and lawyer-ing — for Marvel to strike a similar business deal with 20th Century Fox to bring the Fantastic Four home also.)

Without further ado, here are the highlights of the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in yet another nearly second-by-second, live-blogging style breakdown brought to you by your neighborhood-friendly fanboy blogger …!

• 0:00-0:03 — Spider-tracers, baby!

• 0:08-0:09 — The old changing-into-his-Spider-Man-costume-in-the-alley trick…

• 0:10-0:12 — High-flying Spidey acrobatics between buildings!

• 0:13-0:14 — "What's up, guys?" I love how this version of Spider-Man is chatty and jovial, taking time to greet Manhattan residents during a swing-by!

• 0:16-0:22 — Peter Parker: "So to become an Avenger, are there, like, any trials or an interview?"
Tony Stark: "Do me a favor and can't you become a friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man?"

• 0:23-0:24 — Sure, Tony, one who can't help but yell "Cannonball!" on a swing-by at a pool party!

• 0:25-0:26 — "Just stay close to the ground" — as Parker is seen crawling on the ceiling unmasked in his Spider-Man costume.

• 0:28-0:29 — "You're the Spider-Man … from YouTube." Parker, your secret identity is busted! And why wouldn't you let your buddy know?

• 0:30-0:32 — Spidey and Iron Man swinging/flying into action. MARVEL TEAM-UP, anyone?! Loooove it.

• 0:36-0:39 — "Do you know him too?" (referring to Captain America challenging students on the fitness test via prerecorded message)
"Stole his shield." (The highlight of the "Civil War" trailer, natch!)

• 0:39-0:42 — "Can I try the suit on? … Badaaass!"

• 0:44-0:47 — "The rich and the powerful, like Stark, they don't care about us." Cue the Vulture and his contempt for the billionaire. Let's hope his motive for causing havoc is more substantial than that.

If not, I'm starting to have bad Electro flashbacks from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"! (That unrelated film is reviewed in this post in my one-time "Cape and Cowl Crowd" blog for my nearest comic book shop; the post also includes reviews of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "Captain America; Winter Soldier." As seen by clicking on those same links, full reviews are here on Cary's Comics Craze.)

• 0:51-0:53 — Vulture flying gizmos! His costume is a bit armor-heavy for my tastes, but I appreciate the homage to the classic villain as Keaton often is seen wearing a fur collar. And doesn't the shot of the back-lit Vulture swooping down at the 0:52-0:53 mark pay more than a passing homage to "Batman Begins"?

• 0:54-0:56 — "His weapons are crazy dangerous."

• 0:58-1:01 — It's time for Tony to play the wise role model/mentor/veteran superhero role; you know, the one who knows better than the young kid.
"Listen Peter, forget the flying monster guy. There are people who handle this."
Meaning the Avengers — perfect time to show Avengers Tower!

• 1:00 — Great shot of Spidey with the American flag in the background. Iconic! Buuuut definitely been done before — in the first "Spider-Man" film, in fact.

• 1:01-1:08 — Spider-Man as he should be, mouthing off at baddies. While kicking their butts and making them look silly!

• 1:08-1:18 — Uh oh — of course the Vulture shows up. And why would it not surprise me if he caused the boat to split in half? Not good, Spidey, not good at all.

• 1:18-1:19 — Spidey strength, don't fail me now! And torpedoes?! Anything to make it even tougher on a fledgling teen superhero…

• 1:21-1:24 — Luckily, Iron Man is there to give the wall-crawler an assist.

• 1:25 — Stark: "What if somebody had died out there?" Parker: "I was just trying to be like you."

• 1:30 — Stark: "I want you to be better. I'm gonna need the suit back."
Parker: "But I'm nothing without the suit."
Stark: "If you're nothing without this suit, then you shouldn't have it." Sounds like wisdom from a guy who has experienced that himself. And had to learn it the hard way!

• 1:38-1:40 — "You need to stop carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders." But hottie Aunt May, that's what superheroes do. You know, "with great power comes great responsibility" and all? I wonder if that line will be in this film? It damn well should be: it's Peter Parker's mantra!

• 1:40-1:46 — "I need you to understand; I will do anything to protect my family." Yeah, like the Vulture smashing Spidey through an empty school bus — and into another one. Ouuuuch!!

• 1:52 — What's up with the homemade Spider-Man/Ben Reilly-esque suit? Did Stark really take back the one he made Parker? Or does this happen before?

• 1:59 — Are Parker and his classmates must be on a trip to Washington, D.C 'Cuz that's the Washington Monument.

• 2:00-2:04 — This is footage from the first trailer, which also included the shot of Keaton's Vulture looking over his shoulder saying "don't mess with me." (At least I assume it's Parker or Spider-Man he's addressing.)

• 2:07-2:08 — "That guy's still out there. I just gotta do this on my own." "Spider-Man: Homecoming" looks awesome!

As usual, it appears Marvel Studios has another massive hit on its hands. Grade: A-

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