With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 landing in theaters this Friday, the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film to get pumped about is Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is the third reboot of Marvel's traditionally most mainstream character and his first solo movie in the MCU, following the introduction of Tom Holland as the current Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War last summer.
Usually when you see a trailer, the visual effects you are looking at are what you're going to get come release day. Studios generally don't use unfinished shots to sell their hundred-million dollar investments, so even in a teaser trailer that precedes a film by nearly a year, the shots they've chosen are the ones that are as good as they're going to look.
The same can not be said about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Check out this comparison of a Yahoo! Movies exclusive image and a very similar shot from an earlier trailer for the movie. Kieran Jones aka @Crazyac3Gamer on Twitter made the find:
That's damn impressive. The original shot is perfectly serviceable and didn't stand out to me as incomplete in any way, both when I initially screened the trailer at home and at the cinema. I never thought anything of it, but now, to see the shot from the trailer vs the new image is like night and day. The amount of detail they have added really shows Marvel's commitment to quality. Sure, they could have released it as originally advertised, but the difference is stunning. No other example comes to mind of VFX improving so much between a trailer and release.
Let's just hope Cyborg gets a face-lift from the Justice League trailer as well. He really, really needs it.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.