It was in 2002 when Toby Maguire was crawling up up walls, swinging around New York and after three films Sony moved on to another Spider-Man. Not so long ago Andrew Garfield took over the mantel of Peter Parker and that only lasted two films before yet another re-boot was deemed necessary. Last year one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War was the introduction of Tom Holland as Spider-Man in the MCU for that great fight scene in the airport as Steve Rodgers and Bucky try and make their get away. Next week Sony Pictures will be releasing Spider-Man: Homecoming featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, as his reluctant mentor.
One of Peter Parker's strongest traits is his ingenuity. Many times we have seen him in the past coming up with new technology for his suit, and making improvements on his existing suit. With that said, adding Tony Stark to mix may give audiences the wrong idea that Stark did most of the work for him. IO9/Gizmodo had the opportunity to talk with some of the creative team and stars of the new film Spider-Man: Homecoming about the choice of Tony Stark, and how that could affect the core of Spider-Man's character.
Tom Holland had these comments to make about Parker's role in making the Spider-Man Suit:
“The original Spider-Man [suit] in this movie is all made by Peter Parker. The original web-shooters, goggles, that’s all Peter Parker tech, it’s just been upgraded by Tony Stark. I often find that in previous movies, him making his Spider-Man suit is a little far fetched. Our Spider-Man suit has the justification because it was made by Tony Stark.”
It looks like by the time Stark discovers Spider-Man, Peter Parker has already developed some tech to help him fight crime. When Tony comes into Parker's life it's to help him bring down Steve Rodgers and Bucky, and thus gets the the fancy tech for his suit. Co-writer and Director for Spider-Man: Homecoming Jon Watts made some interesting comments about Stark's decision to involve Parker in his mission to bring down Steve Rodgers and Buckey:
“So, for me, it was about examining the fallout of that. Because when you look at what they did in that movie, Tony Stark plucks this 15-year-old kid out of obscurity, takes him on this insane adventure in Germany, doing something that’s potentially very questionable, and then we see him just dropped off in his bedroom in Queens. So the question is, ‘Now what?’ That lays the ground work for a lot of interesting questions like ‘How much did Tony really think this through? What did Peter think now about his relationship with Tony? Is Tony ready for this kind of responsibility? To me that movie raised so many fun and interesting questions that I used that as the spring board into this story.”
Does Tony Stark seem like the type of person who you would want as a father figure? Probably not, but because of his actions to involve Parker, now we get to see Parker and Stark figure out their relationship in this film. The thought of Stark as Spider-Man's mentor wasn't even Watt's first choice, even though it will prove to be the right one in the long run. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Watts created images of Nick Fury as Parker's mentor in early mood reels before he was hired:
“I don’t know what the situation would be,” he said. “But that would be a person he’d want to get in trouble with.”
Nick Fury would probably be a better mentor for Peter Parker, and without a doubt he could also probably give him some tech for his suit, but the obvious choice for that job would be for Tony Stark as he has tons of experience creating all types of gadgets. If they would have gone with Fury it would make for a less interesting story. Some reviews are in and it looks like we are in for a "fun" time in the theater. What do you think of the idea of Nick Fury mentoring Parker in the MCU? Would it have worked for you? Chime in below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017.
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