Spider-Man Will Absolutely Not Dance In The Reboot

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man reboot has slowly been coming together over the last several weeks. Tom Holland is starring as the next cinematic Peter Parker, Jon Watts has been hired as the director, and it has been confirmed that comedy writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein will pen the script. Since it’s still early in the creative process, the writers aren’t sharing specifics of what they have planned, but they did reveal one important thing fans won’t have to suffer through: Spider-Man doing any kind of dancing.

At the premiere of their new movie Vacation on Monday, Daley and Goldstein told USA Today’s Entertain This! that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will not show off moves similar to Tobey Maguire’s in 2007’s Spider-Man 3. As Daley put it:

I think we’re going to avoid the emo dance [from Spider-Man 3].

Since Spider-Man 3 is typically considered one the webslinger’s worst big screen outings, it’s probably for the best that the reboot isn’t influenced by it. To remind those who wiped most of that film from their memory, after Peter began using the alien symbiote, not only did his powers increase and his personality become more aggressive, but he also became a talented dancer… though that didn’t make it any less horrifying to watch him cut a rug. Peter’s most memorable dance scene was at a jazz club in front of his date Gwen Stacy to show off in front of ex-girlfriend Mary Jane Watson. Presumably this also means we won’t see Holland’s Peter Parker dancing outside of a clothing store after buying a new outfit and freaking out people passing by.

While the writers were hesitant to mention specifically what will be seen in the next Spidey film (aside from it not being an origin story again), Goldstein did describe the tone as more grounded, and audiences would see Peter struggling with his powers while dealing being an outcast in high school. Daley added,

We have time to sort of develop the powers with him, and experience the wish fulfillment and also just the fact that it’s really alienating [to have Spidey skills]

Judging by these tidbits of information, it sounds like moviegoers can look forward to a story of a Spider-Man who already has his powers, but is still learning how to use them in his everyday life. Of course, taking into account Daley and Goldstein’s resume as a duo (which also includes Horrible Bosses and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2), there will also be plenty of humorous moments. Just don’t expect any laughs from shudder-worthy dancing.

The MCU’s Spider-Man will debut in Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, and his solo movie will follow on July 28, 2017.

Adam Holmes
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