Way back when Sony tried to reboot Spider-Man in 2012, they decided to distinguish the new series by calling it The Amazing Spider-Man after the long-running comic book featuring the Wall-Crawler. Many fans thought they would name the inevitable sequel after another Spidey comic like The Spectacular Spider-Man, or Web of Spider-Man, but Sony went with the much more prosaic The Amazing Spider-Man 2 instead. So then fans thought: maybe they could use those other Spider-Man titles for the upcoming rebooted reboot sponsored by Marvel Studios, but nope, apparently they had a better idea. As hinted at last week, the next movie will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming.
At the Sony Pictures presentation at CinemaCon, an annual gathering where studios show off upcoming flicks to theater owners, the new title was revealed with the help of Tom Holland, the new Spider-Man, who was flown in on private jet directly from the Captain America: Civil War premiere. So why Homecoming? “It really is a homecoming for the character, because throughout the story Peter [Parker] is trying to find his true identity, and where he really belongs in this world,” said chairman Tom Rothman.
Obviously the title is a kind of double entendre, evoking one of the standard occasions of high school while still being a jab about how Spider-Man is coming home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “where he belongs” and such. For fans, it’s that second reading of the title that’s going to stick out with Spider-Man being, arguably, Marvel Comics biggest character, and until recently only under the film jurisdiction of Sony and outside the MCU. I think we get that, but is there anyway we can take the title Spider-Man: Homecoming seriously between now and Summer 2017? I guess we’ll see.
In other news, the presentation also included a new clip where Peter Parker comes home to find Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in his living room talking to Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) about a special grant that Peter’s been accepted for. Presumably this is a scene from Civil War, which will be shown to CinemaCon goers in its totality later today.
You can check out the new Spider-Man when he appears in Captain America: Civil War on May 6; Spider-Man: Homecoming will then be in theaters on July 7, 2017.
Source: Geek Tyrant