Time Out meets Spider-Man

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This month marks the return of a certain Peter Parker to the big screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming. “Another Spider-Man movie?” we hear you ask. Well, the producers of this latest incarnation of the teenager-turned-superhero argue that this isn’t the sixth Spider-Man film, but “the first Peter Parker one”.

It picks up the narrative from Captain America: Civil War, in which Tom Holland’s rather brief turn was one of the highlights. We join our superhero as he arrives home to New York, trying to make sense of the world around him.
Mentored by the mega-rich Iron Man, aka Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the 15-year-old Parker’s natural curiosity immediately strikes you.

“The difference is, Peter Parker is a lot younger in this movie,” says Holland. “He really is a kid. He is existing in a world where superheroes already exist. In the previous Spider-Man movies, he was the only superhero, but now there are loads of them. So it’s interesting to see Spider-Man in that world but it’s also fantastic to see Spider-Man with a goal, and his goal is to become an Avenger.

“The beginning part of the movie is like, ‘Imagine if a kid just put a suit on and ran around helping people’. It’s all he does. And then he slowly starts to find crime in his neighbourhood that gets progressively more dangerous and so he steps up into this superhero light.”

Director Jon Watts feels the rising star was ideal for the role.

“He has really great comic timing and I just really enjoyed putting him in these awkward situations as Peter Parker or Spider-Man,” Watts tells Time Out. “He’s just so sincere about it and that’s what makes it funny, just how seriously he’s taking everything. So it was fun to watch and I think it was fun for him to get to do funny scenes.”

It’s a different, and clearly more fun, take on the role (see over). And that’s absolutely fine by us.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in cinemas across Abu Dhabi now.

By Luke Wilson
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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