'Spider-Man: Homecoming': 5 Things We Just Learned About Hugely Anticipated Marvel Movie
Iron Man and Spider-Man soar into action in Spider-Man: Homecoming (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Spider-Man: Homecoming represents your friendly neighborhood webhead’s inaugural feature length adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the MCU gang was front and center for the Homecoming press conference held in Spidey’s hometown of New York City on Saturday. Franchise architect Kevin Feige and Marvel’s main (Iron) man, Robert Downey Jr., flanked newly anointed wall-crawler Tom Holland for a 30-minute “meet the press” Q&A. Here are the five choicest highlights from this close encounter with Iron Man and Spider-Man, as well as fellow cast members Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon.
Holland’s real-life wall-crawling skills are limited Tom Holland’s Rihanna moment from Lip Sync Battle highlighted the unique set of skills he brought to Spider-Man as a trained dancer and gymnast. “We were able to do things as Peter Parker that they probably hadn’t been able to do in the past,” he pointed out. At the same time, director Jon Watts occasionally overestimated what his star was capable of stunt-wise. “Jon would be like, ‘Can you just backflip off that wall and land on that beam?’ And I’d go, ‘No Jon, I can’t do that. I’m not that good, dude!‘” Still, Holland has high hopes that his version of Spider-Man will serve as an inspiration to young audiences. “I had to keep reminding myself when taking on this character is that Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man had such a huge impact on me as a kid,” said the 21-year-old actor, who was only 6 when Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man film swung into theaters in 2002. “He was my role model. I had to keep reminding myself that I’m going to hopefully have that same impact on kids of a younger generation. I wanted to do them proud.”
Downey will be Iron Man as long as Marvel lets him After joking that he’s been in “semi-retirement” since the original Iron Man kicked off the MCU as we know it nine summers ago, Downey got serious when expressing his appreciation at being kept around. “The great thing about life is good things happen and you get inflated,” he said. “You think, ‘Oh my god, I’ve created everything that’s going my way. And then things happen where you realize, ‘Oh, there’s a little evidence to the contrary.’ At this point, you go back to, ‘It’s just nice to be on this call sheet.'” The actor was particularly happy to be on the call sheet for Spider-Man’s big introduction to the MCU. “They should really do a breakdown of all the miracles that had to happen for us to be sitting here today. This turned out so well; I saw it, and honestly loved it.”
Keaton enjoyed being bad Having already done the hero thing as the Dark Knight in Tim Burton’s two Batman adventures, the Oscar-nominated Birdman star enjoyed taking flight as Homecoming‘s heavy, Adrian Toomes, a.k.a the Vulture. “I think actors tend to be drawn towards villainous characters. It’s clichéd, but tends to be true that if you delve into the dark side, it gets interesting.” Keaton particularly appreciated the fact that Toomes was written as a grounded bad guy, despite his winged alter ego. “I thought that was a really interesting way to go,” mused Keaton. “Making this person approachable is timely; he has a legitimate gripe and legitimate arguments.”
Here’s one to grow on With all due respect to Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, this is the first time that Spider-Man actually looks and acts like a high school teenager. So how does the cast hope that regular teenagers respond to seeing a super-teen onscreen? “Our message is that you don’t have to be the jock or the cool person in high school to be yourself,” said scene-stealer Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s best friend and fellow science nerd, Ned. “The coolest version of yourself is yourself.” Added Laura Harrier, who stars as Peter’s love interest, Lize: “You don’t have to apologize for who you are. Everyone in this movie is different, but genuinely themselves.” Perhaps the character who keeps it the real-ist in the film is Zendaya’s Michelle, a dryly hilarious wallflower that the singer said is modeled in part after Ally Sheedy’s proto-Goth girl from The Breakfast Club. “It’s OK to be weird,” Zendaya emphasized. “If you make things awkward and uncomfortable, that’s cool. I love that Michelle’s outspoken and says what everyone’s thinking, but she just doesn’t care.”
Diversity doesn’t have to be hard Without making a big deal of it, Homecoming is arguably the most diverse superhero film made to date, with the population of Peter’s Queens-based high school reflecting the complexion of real-world New York. “I would say the inspiration was reality,” producer Amy Pascal said of the movie’s richly diverse cast of young actors, ranging from the Filipino-American Batalon to the new Flash Thompson, Tony Revolori, whose family hails from Guatemala. “It’s wonderful,” remarked Revolori, who earned accolades for his breakout performance in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. “The fact that there’s not a single line of exposition to explain why I look the way I look. I’m just in the movie. It’s not about being a certain race, and I thin that’s the kind of diversity we need in Hollywood right now.”
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Clichés happen everywhere; but no more so than in fiction. Here are ten of my favourites…
1. Different From the Others Girl (who turns out to be hideously commonplace.)
2. The protagonist who describes herself whilst standing in front of the mirror.
3. Hair as a substitute for personality. (Wild hair; mad hair; unruly hair - whichever way you look at it, it’s still only hair.)
4. The Gay Best Friend, whose gayness is the only thing we ever learn about him.
5. The Love Interest, tacked on at the last minute, who isn’t the least bit interesting.
6. Exposition Man, who says things like: “As you know, we’ve been brothers for twenty years…"
7. The Hero With the Dark Secret. It’s never halitosis, though.
8. The Hero Who Falls For the Only Woman In the World Who Doesn’t Fancy Him. Yawn.
9. Women Who Play With their Hair. Tossing; tucking; flicking; smoothing - almost as annoying as Women Who Bite Their Lip.
10. Middle-aged White Male Creative Writing Lecturers who sleep with their gorgeous young female students. And yes, this sometimes happens in life. But mostly it happens in books written by middle-aged white male creative writing lecturers.
Not convinced? Try this test. Gold stars if you spot all the clichés.
The bedside alarm rang loudly, wresting Lake from her fitful dreams of the devastatingly handsome and charming stranger she had met just the night before at a college party. For a moment she wondered why she had been dreaming of him. With his tumbling locks of chestnut hair, his disconcertingly direct blue gaze and his annoying habit of looking at her quizzically, while brushing a stray speck of dust from the cuff of his expensive Armani suit, he most emphatically wasn’t her type.
She yawned, stretched and with an endearing clumsiness, made her way across the untidy bedroom to the mirror, where she studied her reflection. A heart-shaped face stared back at her, framed with unruly auburn curls tumbling across her vivid green eyes.
“How I hate this ritual,” she complained, tucking a stray curl of hair behind one elf-like ear. “I wake up every morning, yawn, stretch, scrutinize my reflection, and for what? No-one will ever notice me, for I am Not Like Other Girls. Other Girls are feminine and popular with the Boys. I have only my Gay Best Friend, who of course, can never be mine.”
She sighed wearily, and searched among the clutter for something to wear. “Thank goodness I don’t care a jot about clothes,” she exclaimed, selecting a pair of jeans and a man’s shirt, which mysteriously fitted her better than anything else she owned. “Although I’m sure Karl, my Gay Best Friend, would have plenty to say about that.”
Karl was Lake’s Gay Best Friend. Devastatingly handsome and yet, mysteriously unattached, he was the one who took Lake shopping, listened to her and stopped her falling over things (did I say she was endearingly clumsy?).
Suddenly, the phone rang.
“What are you wearing?” came Karl’s deep voice.
“Oh, you know. Just jeans again,” replied Lake casually.
“That won’t do at all,” sniffed Karl. “Call yourself a heroine? I’ll send an outfit round straightaway. We have a new lecturer today, and you’ll have to be fabulous.”
(Karl was convinced that his straight girlfriend was destined to fall for a lecturer. It happened in all their English set texts, and their creative writing class.)
Lake bit nervously at her full lower lip. “Oh, Karl, I don’t know,” she said. “I am not like Other Girls. I don’t do glamour, or romance. Besides, I’m so terribly clumsy that if I wore something frivolous, I’d probably trip over it and fall at his feet like an utter klutz, thereby making him realize that I am, not only endearing, but also painfully sincere and refreshingly unsophisticated, unlike the brittle and scheming women of academia with which he usually surrounds himself.”
“Nonsense,” exclaimed Karl scornfully. “I’ll be around in two minutes.”
Two minutes later, Lake was again scrutinizing her reflection in the mirror. She was transformed; a vision in cerise taffeta, with curves in all the right places.
“It’s from my collection,” Karl explained. “But it looks even better on you, Lake. Now, if you’ll just tuck this stray auburn curl behind your ear -” He stood back to observe her. “Darling, you look fabulous!”
“But isn’t it a bit dressy for a creative writing lecture?” whispered Lake doubtfully.
“Nonsense!” repeated Karl, glancing in the mirror, where his reflection showed a young man of devastating good looks, with a boyish smile half-hidden beneath a tumbling lock of unruly hair. “Besides, I’ve heard that this new lecturer is particularly hard to please, and looks upon his students as no more than mere modelling clay, to be forced into whatever shapes his twisted imagination can conceive. He also has a Dark Secret, but no-one knows what it is yet -”
Lake’s emerald eyes opened wide. “Does he also have an annoying habit of looking quizzically at you?” she said. “Tumbling chestnut hair, cold eyes and a slightly crooked smile?”
“Yes. I think he does,” said Karl.
Lake fell over her feet at that, landing sprawled across the floor.
“Oh, Karl,” she breathed unevenly. “I feel like I’m in a story.”
It was an embarrassment of comedic riches on September 16 when superstars Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey took the 92Y stage to discuss Mindy’s new book, Why Not Me? The comedians chatted about running their own TV shows, casting handsome actors as scene partners, and… well, a lot about guys. Here are five things we learned.
1. Mindy hires hot actors to make out with her. Discussing her sitcom The Mindy Project, which she created, writes, produces, and stars in, Mindy says she has kissed more guys on screen than she has in real life. “It’s the greatest scam I’ve ever pulled,” she said. “She’s had eight handsome boyfriends in one calendar year. She’s every girl!”
2. She’s “theoretically” writing a book with B. J. Novak. The two exes describe themselves as best friends and, despite being open about their complicated relationship, are also frequent collaborators. Mindy said they are in the beginning stages of writing a book together, but the process is slow. “We fight a lot. Someone always storms out of our writing sessions.”
3. Tina challenged Mindy to a round of “Shag, Marry, Kill.” (Well, we’re calling it “Shag.”) Here are her answers: Shag B. J. Novak, marry Stephen Colbert, kill Michael Fassbender. (Though it should be noted that Mindy swooned when Tina mentioned Fassbender’s name.)
4. Mindy once pitched a romantic comedy starring Tina and George Clooney. She described the movie as taking place in an “Indiana Jones-style” university with Tina playing a sexy librarian to Clooney’s rugged professor. All we can say is—where is this movie?!
5. The spirit of Mindy’s mother is still with her. When Tina asked her the question, “What is the one thing you know?” Mindy responded with this thought about her late mother, who passed away in 2011: “I know that I will never forget the sound of my mother’s voice.”
min suga is actually a god at games and somehow looks painfully adorable while doing them. actually he’s just always adorable. and causing me pain :’)
i swear he’s the cutest baby turtle in the universe and anything and everything he does is sooo lovable (except for when he spits fire cuz that shit just BURNS MY SANITY TO THE GROUND)
anywho, just look at how well the hyung line acted these out. obviously for this one, they’re acting out when you got a 7% on an exam, which made you laugh hysterically in excruciating pain, and eventually led to you giving up on life.
i like to call this “The 3 Stages of Failing an Exam” by The Hyung
Line. poetic, isn’t it?
and in this one, obviously the beautiful jin is graciously approving
of namjoon’s stunning “contemplating about life” face. but yoongles is just
laughing at the stupidity of it all like “pshh bishes we all know i’m the most
attractive of us all.”
3. They’re not so great at guessing charades.
when tae suddenly bolted up from his seat to answer, the members got so excited like “WHOA, TAE’S ACTUALLY GOT THIS WHOAAA–”
“just kidding. he don’t got this.”
jimin finds their inability to play this charades game absolutely hilarious while hobi on the other hand looks like he just wants to give up and eat a taco.
HE’S SO DONE. someone please get him that taco STAT. BEFORE HE BECOMES PERMANENTLY HOPELESS.
love is a beautiful, violent, speshul kind of love.
the abuse is so real.
jin and namjoon seemed way too happy to finally have the opportunity to exert their hyung dominance over their dongsengs. but hey, that’s one thing us fangirls have in common with them – they seem to like pain too :’)
5. They teach us how to achieve the perfect beach body.
you can start off ambitiously hardcore like hobi and bench a pillow or two if you’re really up for the challenge
but be sure to take a breather in between sets and go easy on yourself by lifting a yoongi to cool down.
or you can just practice your kungfu skills cuz that’s always a great work out
(side note: i can’t stop laughing at this screenshot cuz IT LOOKS LIKE KOOKIE’S KICKING HOBI IN THE FREAKIN HEAD IM CRYING)
AND BAM. VOILA. PRESTO.
GIRL LOOK AT THAT BODY
BTS BIKINI BOD HERE I COME.
6. They love punishments.
“teamwork makes the dream work”? yeah okay why don’t you tell that to hobi
hobi: DID I WIN DID I WIN??
everyone else: NAW MAN YOU LOST OH DARN LOOKS LIKE IT’S PUNISHMENT TIME FOR YOU
but at least we got some adorable hobi cuteness out of this (which the bts members approved of immensely)
i mean just look at this baby chipmunk
STORING UP FOR THE WINTER ALREADY DAW WHAT A GOOD LITTLE HOBMUNK
7. BTS stands for Biggest Trolls (ever) - Seriously.
hobmunk says the closing ment and even goes as far as sharing his wonderfully slobbery candies with us while the rest of the members get a kick out of his oblivion
and of course that little shit park jimin can’t hold it in anymore and eventually reveals the secret to hobmunk
son, you just got TROLLED.
summary - they have negative chill. charades are hit or miss for them. it’s either tough love or no love, bruh. as real men, they always exercise plenty to stay fit . hobmunk is a master at dealing with consequences of life.
and last but not least, they are the biggest bunch of trolls that we can’t help but love and adore. please love these trolls lots and lots ♥
Hollywood icon Diane Keaton took to our stage last night to read from her latest book, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty. The always pretty and stylish actress also took questions from the audience, and wasn’t afraid to get saucy with the crowd. Here are 5 things we learned from the Academy Award winner.
Keaton claims Pharrell stole her hat. The actress asserted that his now famous cap that showed up at the Oscars and Grammys was no doubt inspired by her own taste in chapeaus.
She loved getting slapped around by Al Pacino in The Godfather. Remember that scene in Part II? “He really slapped me! It was amazing and it really worked. I loved it.”
The no. 1 thing Keaton looks for in a man is a penis. Hey, that’s what she said.
She has photos of attractive men pinned to a wall in her home. Not surprisingly, she’s also a huge fan of Pinterest.
Of all her characters, the one Keaton likes the most is Erica Barry from Something’s Gotta Give.
He’ll wear a helmet “when it’s a law.” Cunningham is known for traveling exclusively by bicycle and doesn’t wear head protection.
Growing up, Cunningham’s family didn’t have fashion magazines in the house. “I never knew they existed!” Cunningham said.
Cunningham dyed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ red Dior suit black for JFK’s funeral. When Mallis commented about how incredible the story was, Cunningham replied, “It wasn’t amazing, it was practical!”
Cunningham’s first editor at Women’s Wear Daily called him “a hopelessly functioning illiterate.” This one elicited big laughs from the crowd.
The photographer, famous for his snapshots of street fashion, resents when people call his shooting tactics sneaky. “I’m trying to be discreet. I don’t want to frighten women on the street,” Cunningham said.
(OK, here’s one more!) He refuses to give his photo files to museums or historical societies because he’s “terrorized” by the notion of unflattering shots of someone being published. “You take lots of bad pictures. You don’t publish them, for heavens sake!”
NEW YORK — Festival audiences can’t stop swooning over Carol.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as the married, poised title character and Rooney Mara as her young, diffident lesbian lover, Therese. Set in ‘50s New York and directed by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven), the understated, lushly-shot drama debuted at the Cannes film festival in May, where Mara picked up a best actress award. Carol has since been rapturously received at the Telluride film fest last month and at the New York Film Festival on Friday night.
The Supergirl panel held at CBS’s Television Critics Association presentation on Monday yielded a number of new details about the highly anticipated new series. Here are five of them — plus a new promo.
1.No crossovers planned with CW shows like The Flash and Arrow… yet. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said “We have not had conversations about [storyline] crossovers but we are doing crossover promotions” — i.e., ads for Supergirl airing on CBS’s sister network The CW and vice versa.
2.More comics characters are coming! Red Tornado, Gen. Sam Lane, and the Kryptonian villain Non (from the Superman II movie) are just some of the comics and movies characters who will arrive during the first nine episodes, say producers.
3. She may be super, but she’s still human. Producer Greg Berlanti, asked for the secret of how he’s been so successful in translating Arrow and The Flash to the small screen, said the key for him is “to remove the superpowers from it and see what the human stakes are in the drama,” adding that “the superpowers are there to demonstrate things about the hero’s character.”
4. She may be super, but she’s not invincible. Producer Geoff Johns reminded the critics that Supergirl is not indestructible: “There are a lot of things besides Kryptonite that can take her down.”
5. The original Superman movies had a huge influence on Supergirl. “The movies had a charm and believability and also an epic quality. [These qualities are] imprinted on our brains that that’s how you capture superheroes on a screen,” said Berlanti of the Richard Donner films. He added that he finds “a relatability” to star Melissa Benoist when she’s in her civilian Kara identity: “When she hesitates and phumphers like Clark Kent did, it’s the most evocative [of that kind of secret-identity character] since Christopher Reeve.”