Spidey Faces The Vulture In New Spider-Man

The Peter Parker of the comic books always embodied everything I love about the Marvel franchise - a celebration of nerdery and the triumph of the little guy - and Tom Holland's version of the blue and red web weaver appears to be true to that original character where past movie-verse iterations fell somewhat short.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens this week in North America, and Sony is celebrating it with the release of a virtual reality experience for free in all advanced platforms, that is, PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. After all, who wouldn't want to play a character as endearing as Peter Parker? Ever. Like, I wish my movie could be just, only, a series of complete surprises.

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As if reveling in the Marvel tie-in, the film goes out of its way to keep weaving in small references to that wider universe, albeit in low-key but clever ways.

Not everything works, like Peter's interaction with the Siri-like voice in his Stark-issued Spider-Man suit, as he learns to employ its various gizmos.

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However, most interestingly, he says that the Homecoming sequel will "usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there" when talking about the transition from the last Avengers movie to the second Spider-Man. The next two films featuring Spider-Man would be Marvel Studios next two big Avengers movies.

Fifteen years, it turns out, has been enough time for a half-dozen Spider-Man movies in three different guises.

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Watts was probably planning on talking with Stan Lee anyway, but it seems as though Webb's advice suggested that he was already fairly confident in his successor's ability to deliver a good Spider-Man movie that could stand out on its own.

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