Few upcoming Marvel movies have fans more excited than Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Web Head's first solo foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the most highly-anticipated and most promising superhero adventures in recent memory, and much of that is due to Tom Holland's strong introduction during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Now Jon Watts has posted a new video to Instagram that promises another great performance from the young actor. Check it out below for yourself!
Spider-Man: Homecoming director, Jon Watts, posted the above video to Instagram to showcase some of the awesome technical work that has occurred behind the scenes on the set of the film. Although it's incredibly brief, the video shows Tom Holland goofing off briefly, before settling down and absolutely nailing a take. We don't know the exact context of the scene, but it's clearly a sequence in which Peter Parker dodges a set of attacks from an unseen enemy, and then fires off a blast of his own webbing.
At first it may seem a bit odd to do facial capture for a character that is primarily covered by a mask, but given what we saw in Civil War, it actually makes plenty of sense. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Spider-Man has the ability to emote far better than his predecessors, and getting Tom Holland's movements right will go a long way towards making the Web Head more expressive, even under the mask.
This Instagram post has also caused many to theorize that the facial capture will actually factor into the involvement of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the film. While it's entirely plausible that this facial capture may simply be a way to animate movement in Spider-Man's mask, others have started to think that this process will be used to place Tom Holland's face inside the helmet of the Iron Spider armor -- which the character famously wore during the Civil War comic book arc.
An upgrade of this nature would definitely make plenty of sense. Spider-Man's standard suit doesn't offer much with regards to protection, and Vulture (Michael Keaton) is rumored to be armed to the teeth with reverse-engineered Chitauri technology. It seems fairly logical that Tony Stark may take it upon himself to outfit Peter Parker in the iconic red and gold Spidey suit, at least for a few scenes.
It's safe to say that we're all on pins and needles waiting to see how this scene will pan out in the final cut of the movie. We will have to wait and see when Spider-Man: Homecoming finally hits theaters on July 7, 2017.