So… Given the nature of this blog, I would be remiss if I did not write a bit about the new Captain America: Civil War trailer that dropped today, because it features our first look at Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, including, our first look at the suit. Most of the rest of the trailer is stuff we have seen before with a few additional spoilery bits. I covered most of what I want to say with regards to that stuff here. So let’s talk about the webslinger, then!
First, the suit. Let’s get that right out of the way. I love the suit. It keeps with everything the MCU has stuck to so far. It looks like a comic book come to life. It’s bright, it’s sleek, it doesn’t feel the need to look gritty or real. It still has its own unique look to it with the black accents (which maybe is a slight nod to the black and red Miles Morales costume?). It’s better than I expected, and, as soon as I saw it, I breathed a sigh of relief.
The second most important point to talk about is his allegiance. At least at the point where he shows up in the trailer, he is on Tony’s side. Why is this important? Well, it further solidifies the point that Marvel does not want everyone to walk away from this movie hating Tony Stark. We now have both Black Panther and Spider-Man on his side, and these are two heroes who have their own solo films coming up. We need to walk out of the theater thinking of these guys as heroes, and so we need to walk out not vilifying Tony’s side of the war. All good things, as far as I am concerned. This doesn’t mean that one or both of them couldn’t change sides. This happened in the comics a few times (one of those times with Spidey, as a matter of fact), and the fact that he does not appear to be showing up right at the end of the film allows for a change of allegiance. Even so, I think the point here is people we like are on both sides of this, and Disney and Marvel are trying really hard to make sure that both sides are sympathetic. Let’s not forget whose name is in the title, though. I would imagine Steve will still have some advantage with regards to audience sympathies.
And finally, Tom Holland. We get two words from our new Spider-Man actor: “Hey Everyone.” Which, yes, is almost 4th wall breaking in the trailer, as Spidey is essentially saying “hi” to the audience. That’s cute, but the first thing that struck me is how young he sounds. I mean, I knew going into this that Tom Holland is young, and I am pretty on board with that. There is a large portion of Spider-Man history when he is in high-school that is largely ignored on film. It would be nice to see some of that early superheroing explored. Even so, I’m not sure I was prepared for Spider-Man to sound that young, and I would bet good money that Cap is going to have something to say to Tony about recruiting kids to fight in his war.
So we only saw him for a few seconds, but so far, I am on board with what we have seen of our new Spider-Man. In fact, the more I see about this film in general, the better I feel about it, and the more excited I get. May 6th can’t come soon enough!