The best possible way to see Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming is on the biggest screen possible, perhaps in IMAX 3D when it opens on July 6. But for those of you who can't wait, four minutes pulled from the movie's opening have made their way online. This appears to be official footage released as a way to get fans excited about Spider-Man's first full foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you don't mind looking at footage early, give this a spin. Naturally, there are spoilers.
Did you watch? Stop reading now if you didn't watch, yet somehow still stumbled down here. I'm going to discuss this footage, and its relevance to the story.
This really isn't the opening of the movie. Jon Watts opens Spider-Man: Homecoming with a sequence dedicated to Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), the blue-collar foreman who tries to clean up Manhattan following the Battle of New York -- shown in the original Avengers movie -- only to get blocked by Tony Stark and his new Damage Control. Toomes' gripe with Stark leads to the creation of his Vulture suit. Then, we get into this footage.
A lot of this has been shown in Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spots and trailers. We see Spider-Man's take on the airport battle from Captain America: Civil War, which is awesome. We see the moment that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) gets his upgraded suit from Tony Stark, suggesting that he was ready to swing into battle in his homemade "pajamas" suit until Happy Hogan interfered. And we get to see the conversation between Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and Peter that ends in that awkward not-a-hug. Comedy gold.
MovieAccessTrailers puts additional trailers after this four-minute chunk, but they don't lend context to what this footage shows. And truthfully, a lot of this is stuff that you could have pieced together, and it largely focuses on the success that Peter had in Berlin, helping Tony Stark stall Steve Rogers as the MCU Civil War raged on. Revisit a big chunk of that battle right here:
Spider-Man: Homecoming is both Spidey's first full, feature-length adventure in the MCU, as well as a continuation of the introduction he got in Civil War. As such, it allows Jon Watts to immediately pick up threads that have been part of previous Marvel movies, while expanding out the universe that was developed in 15 previous movies, many centered around Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and that corner of the MCU.
The movie opens in theaters on July 6.