On Tuesday Marvel Studios dropped the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The reaction has been mixed but there is one clear consensus: this trailer gives away too much. It’s become the norm in recent years for movies to release a short and beautifully crafted teaser trailer that does just enough to get the viewer pumped up for the release, followed by a 2-3 minute Spark Notes version that gives away so many plot points that they might as well have mailed you the script. This issue is especially prevalent in the superhero genre, with the most egregious incident coming from DC Comics’ Batman v Superman trailer releases. Spider-Man: Homecoming, unfortunately, is just another casualty of this trend.
The first trailer, released back in December, did a great job of setting the movie’s tone while introducing us to the key players of the story: Spider-Man is the good guy, The Vulture is the bad guy, and Tony Stark is the snarky father figure. Oh, and of course the obligatory love-interest and overweight-but-lovable friend. It was a perfectly fine trailer that made you want to know more, which is kind of the point of movie trailers. The new trailer however, packed too much of a punch.
Trailer #2 starts out much like its predecessor with a lighter tone and some sweet flips but quickly shifts into depicting the more dramatic, and plot-revealing, side of things. At about 1:20 we see Tom Holland doing his best Tobey Maguire impression as he tries to hold an entire cruise ship together before Iron Man comes to save the day. This is when we get a major plot point reveal: Tony Stark scolds Peter and confiscates his supersuit. It’s a moment that’s not entirely surprising, it’s become a common trope in these flicks for the hero to in some way lose their powers/confidence/gear and have to overcome. Despite this, it’s still a bit annoying that such a seemingly major plot point was included in the trailer.
What follows is a montage of pajama-suit spidey getting beaten up (including a glimpse of Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker) while Michael Keaton as
Birdman The Vulture delivers the classic (read: generic) supervillain monologue about how Spider-Man should back off or he’ll kill his family; you know, the usual. The trailer continues with more quick-cuts of Spider-Man fighting baddies and saving civilians, including a shot of an exploding Washington Monument. Finally, we get the obligatory “I just gotta do this on my own” line from our hero followed by some pretty cool shots of pajama-suit spidey fighting on top of a plane that’s plummeting toward the city.
Aesthetically, the movie looks very good. If nothing else Spider-Man: Homecoming will be visually interesting and fun to watch, and at the end of the day that’s what superhero movie should be: fun. It’s unfortunate that the trailer seemingly gave away so much of the movie, but that is a problem that goes beyond just this film to the industry as a whole. I do genuinely hope that Spider-Man: Homecoming is a good movie, especially considering that it feels like I’ve already seen it.
Watch the new trailer below, and let us know what you think.