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The wait between a movie being released in theaters and being available on home media is at an all-time low. For instance, it hasn't even been a full three months since Spider-Man: Homecoming swung into theaters, but starting tomorrow, you can buy a digital copy of the Web-Slinger's newest cinematic adventure, and the Blu-ray and DVD copies will be on shelves in a couple weeks. But whether you've already seen Spider-Man: Homecoming or didn't catch it during its theatrical run, you can now enjoy the first 10 minutes of the movie to your heart's content for free.
To celebrate Spider-Man: Homecoming soon becoming available for home viewing, Sony Pictures has posted the opening minutes of the studio's first collaboration with Marvel Studios. The first half of the video sets up the backstory for the main villain, Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture, who had originally been contracted by the New York City government to clean up the mess left behind by the Chitauri invasion (as seen in The Avengers). However, due to Tony Stark and the U.S. government creating the Department of Damage Control, Toomes' salvage crew quickly find themselves taken off the job. With their big payday gone, Toomes and the men decide to use the Chitauri technology they already collected to build advanced weaponry and kick off their life of crime.
Following an orchestral cover of the classic Spider-Man TV show theme song playing over the Marvel Studios logo animation, we then transition into the video that Peter Parker recorded during his trip to Germany, a.k.a. the events of Captain America: Civil War. The footage does a good job of capturing Peter Parker's excitement of being brought into the larger world of superheroes, and the "vacation" ends with the academically-gifted teen being able to keep the Spidey-suit Tony Stark designed for him. But Peter's soon goes back to his normal routine in Queens, and to find out/re-watch what happens from there, you'll need to buy your own copy of Spider-Man: Homecoming either tomorrow or next month.
Along with earning mostly positive reviews from critics and regular moviegoers alike. Spider-Man: Homecoming has grossed over $874 million worldwide in its theatrical run. This not only makes it the highest-grossing superhero movie of the year, but also 2017's fourth highest-grossing movie, following behind Despicable Me 3 at #3, The Fate of the Furious at #2 and Beauty and the Beast at #1. Of course, with movies like Justice League and Star Wars: The Last Jedi fast approaching, these rankings likely won't stay permanent, but nevertheless, Spider-Man: Homecoming has already proven itself to be a huge hit.
As a reminder, Spider-Man: Homecoming will be available on Digital HD starting tomorrow, and the Blu-ray/DVD release will follow on October 17. Tom Holland's Spidey will be among the many participating characters in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, and then he'll have the spotlight to himself again when Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is released on July 5, 2019.