We knew it was coming. Marvel Studios and Sony, managed to strike a deal to allow Spider-Man to appear in a Marvel Studio movie. That in of itself is cool, because, let’s be honest, that is where he belongs. The world of comics benefits (whether we are talking about DC or Marvel or any independent) from having a portfolio of characters that can all interact with each other. It should be the same in the movies (although, maybe not quite to the same extent).
I’ve said before that there can be no Spider-Man movie that shows me something that I haven’t already seen. I’m sorry but it’s true. We’ve had 5 different Spider-Man movies with two different Spider-men. They all had good elements (and awful ones) and covered a lot of ground. To have another ‘new’ Spider-Man movie is (I think) unnecessary. It could well be the point where Marvel begins to get boring (although I obviously hope not).
So far they have benefited from introducing a set of characters that most people didn’t know (unless they read or have read the comics). Everyone knows about Spider-Man already. So to make him younger, put him back in School and try and make him relevant in a world where Marvel heroes are going to fight aliens – I’m not sure it will work.
Spider-Man gets a small bit of screen time in Civil War and it is a decent introduction. I didn’t like the suit. It looked far too CGI’ed. Seeing Spider-Man webbing around like a spider was exactly like it always looks. There were plenty of quips and jokes (which I liked), which is true to the comics, but they can only go so far.
I understand that the movie will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming. I think having Iron Man on site will help but they probably need to bring others into the fold or else this will be a property that will struggle. Spider-Man will benefit from being part of someone else’s movie, even if his name is in the title.