Spider-Man: Homecoming was amazing, and the second best Spider-Man film yet. But by the time you are reading this, you should have seen it by now, because its a comic book movie, and you are reading a website called The Nerdd.
There are lots of parts in this movie that mean a lot for the MCU as a whole. We are going to go through a lot of them, along with each of their significance.
Early on in the movie, we are introduced to the government agency Damage Control, which is teamed up with Stark Industries. They have teased at making a TV show based on the comic about misfits who clean up after superheroes. However, given the recent super-failure of DC’s CW show Powerless, I doubt they will be following up with that in any capacity.
After the opening scene from the first Avengers film, a we get a title card reading “8 Years Later.” However, Avengers was released May 4, 2012, and Spiderman: Homecoming was released July 7, 2017. So that means that at least one, maybe both films are not supposed to be set when they were released, especially after they announced that this kid from Iron Man 2 is actually Peter Parker:
That means the timeline is all kinds of screwed up, but instead of us going into it, here is comicbook.com going into it for us.
Street Level Villains
We see in a scene from the trailers, a group of street-thugs breaking into an ATM using alien tech, and that the Vulture has been selling alien tech to thugs for a while now. However, we haven’t been seeing it in any of the Marvel Netflix shows, but maybe now we will, in the upcoming Defenders series? Or are they going to stick with the Madame Gao story line that they have been building up to this whole time. There is also the newly announced Sigourney Weaver to look at. OR are they going to attempt to mix them? If they aren’t then it hurts the interconnected universe feel that has been failing ever since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started.
Donald Glover, appears in this film, which is important to the African-American Spider-Man Miles Morales, as exemplified by these instances, sourced from Wikipedia.
- The character was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, with Bendis and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso drawing inspiration from both then-U.S. President Barack Obama and American actor Donald Glover.
- Bendis said thoughts about the character were further reinforced by African American actor Donald Glover‘s appearance wearing Spider-Man pajamas in “Anthropology 101”, the second season premiere of the television comedy series Community. This was a reference to an unsuccessful online campaign that attempted to secure Glover an audition for the lead role in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man. Bendis said of Glover, “I saw him in the costume and thought, ‘I would like to read that book.’
- Miles Morales appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series where he is initially voiced by Donald Glover
- Writer Brian Michael Bendis has stated that he favors incorporating Miles into the Spider-Man feature films in some way, as did actor Andrew Garfield, who played Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man feature film series. Producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach have indicated in 2014 that they did not intend to have Miles or any other character replace Peter Parker in the role. However, after Marvel brokered a deal with Sony, which holds the feature film rights to all Spider-Man characters, Kevin Feige stated that while Miles Morales will not be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, he is still interested in exploring opportunities to explore the character. Feige later confirmed that Miles Morales does exist in the MCU, and that Spider-Man: Homecoming alludes to him. In the film, Aaron Davis, the character’s uncle (portrayed by Donald Glover) references Miles stating that “I got a nephew living out here”.
Avengers Tower Sold
A large part of the climactic battle between Spider-Man and The Vulture takes place during the shipment of many of Tony Starks possessions out of Avengers Tower, because it has been sold. That leaves the question, sold to whom?
Since this is in a Spider-Man movie, some Spider-Related options include Oscorp and The Daily Bugle. However, my personal hope is they left it open because they are negotiating making it the Baxter Building for the Fantastic Four, seeing as how Fox cannot seem to understand how to make a good FF movie.
While Happy is loading the plane from the Avengers Tower, he mentions a couple of things to be aware of. One being the Hulkbuster, which we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor’s magic belt, which gives him super strength from the comics, but my favorite, Captain America’s new shield prototype.
This is particularly interesting for me, because not only did Cap leave his shield with Tony at the end of Civil War, which did not end on good terms, but also because of Caps shield in the current comics, you know, where he is Hydra.
I’m hoping that all three of these items will be put to use in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: The One After Infinity War
Editor: They don’t, and it’s called Endgame
Near the end of the movie, Tony Stark admits that Peter Parker is ready to join the Avengers, and is ready to gift him a brand new suit as a signing bonus. Peter turns it down so he can continue high school, but what was the suit?
The most likely theory is that it is the Iron Spider suit, that Iron Man makes for Parker in the comics, which again, I hope to see in action for the next two Avengers films.
After Peter Parker says no to becoming an Avenger, Pepper Potts comes out and asks what they are going to announce to the press conference, at which Happy pulls a ring out of his pocket that he’s been holding “…since 2008!” Not only does this mean that Pepper is back after it seemed like she was out for good, but that she will continue to be in the films, if she is going to marry Tony.
MJ Is(n’t) MJ
Near the end of the film, Michelle says “My friends call me MJ” which is confusing. For one, that means that a ball-busting classmate might later become the love interest, even though we just spent the entire film watching Peter pine over an entirely different girl. Also, traditionally, MJ is Mary Jane Watson, not Michelle Jones, so is this actually going to end up being Peters love interest, or is this gonna be a double-twist?
Marvel (Ignores) Women
Speaking of Michelle and Liz, even though they had plenty of time/chances to talk to each other, they never do, which means that Spider-Man: Homecoming does not pass the Bechdel Test. For those of you unfamiliar, here are the THREE rules to the Bechdel test:
- There has to be two named female characters
- Who talk to each other
- About something other than a man
Marvel knows that this is becoming a popular thing to look for in films, and they had the opportunity many times. Michelle and Liz together because they both do the Academic Decathalon, which would easily give them a non-man topic to discuss, and yet we never see it. The only other named female characters are Karen (his suit’s A.I.) and Aunt May, who we never see talk to anyone besides Peter and the chinese restaurant guy.
This is an ongoing problem with Marvel movies, never passing the Bechdel test.
- Iron Man: Pepper talks to reporter, about how she just slept with Tony
- Hulk: Only 1 named female character
- Iron Man 2: Just Pepper
- Thor: Jane and Darcy successfully talk about not men!
- Captain America: Just Peggy
- The Avengers: Black Widow and Hill don’t talk to each other
- Iron Man 3: Pepper talks to Maya Hansen…about Tony
- Thor Dark World: Jane and Darcy successfully talk about not men!
- Winter Soldier: Just Black Widow, or Just Peggy, never both
- Guardians: Gamora and Nebula successfully talk about not men!
- Age of Ultron: Black Widow and Scarlet Witch don’t talk to each other
- Ant-Man: Wife and daughter successfully talk about not men!
- Civil War: Black Widow and Scarlet Witch successfully talk about not men!
- Doctor Strange: Just The Ancient One, or just the nurse girlfriend, never both
- Guardians 2: Gamora and Nebula successfully talk about not men!
- Spider-Man Homecoming: Just Liz, or just Michelle, or just Aunt May.
That’s a total of 6/17.
Edit: Now 12/24, much better.
- Thor: Ragnarok: Hela and Valkyrie don’t talk
- Black Panther: Various women speaking roles talk to each other about not men.
- Infinity War: Various women speaking roles talk to each other about not men.
- Captain Marvel: Various women speaking roles talk to each other about not men.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Wasp and Mom successfully talk about not men.
- Endgame: Various women speaking roles talk to each other about not men.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home: MJ and Ned’s girlfriend successfully talk to each other about not men
Speaking of Aunt May
Aunt May knows Peter is Spider-Man! This has not happened in any of the Spider-Films yet. Knowing this very important bit of information leads to a plethora of options for what Aunt May will do with/for/against Peter being Spider-Man.
As silly as that image looks, speaking to The Huffington Post, Marisa Tomei revealed the deleted scene featuring her character Aunt May which she wished had made it into the film.
“There was something going on in the neighborhood, and there was a little girl in distress, and I saved her. And Peter saw me save her, so you kind of saw that he got part of his ethics from her.
Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me. So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”
Lastly, in the post credits scene we see the Vulture talking to another inmate, one with a scorpion tattoo on his neck, which is to be believed is the villain, the Scorpion. The Scorpion is a part of the Sinister Six, a group of Spider-Man’s villians. However, with a lot of Spider-Man characters being in the new Sony Movie Universe, that leaves a bit of figuring out to see exactly what is going to happen next!