“Tony, I’m glad you’re back at the compound, I don’t like the idea of you rattling around a mansion by yourself. (Captain America Civil War, 2016) …we accept that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal… Does that answer your question? (Breakfast Club, 1985) Who am I? I’m Spider-man.” (Spider-Man, 2002).
The idea of Spider-Man: Homecoming being a John Hughes type film is beautiful for me. A teen flick in this generation that is not based around sex, drug, and parties but goes back to the basics of teen sensation which is: identity. It’s the perfect medium, where we see Tony Stark literally suffer from PTSD (Iron Man 3) or have Jessica Jones choose to do what’s right despite knowing she’s the furthest thing from heroic (Jessica Jones, Netflix); a teenager in all his awkwardness and “pubescent mood swings” struggles to find his place in society as well as his “responsibility” to be a hero should be the movie of this generation. Marvel will be Marvel with the quit-wit, visual effects, fun-filled action, and personalized Stan Lee cameo to boot when it comes to the Spider-Man of the film. But what they’re promising and what I’m most looking forward to is the day in the life of the Tom Holland “I can’t go to Germany!” Peter Parker.
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986) …I want John Cusack holding a boombox outside my window. I wanna ride off on a lawnmower with Patrick Dempsey.” (Easy A, 2010). I honestly want this movie to be as much if not more about Homecoming or Peter Parker’s daily life as I want it to be about Spider-man or any of his colorful band of animal themed villains. I want him to crush on girls: be good or bad at flirting or not even know when he is or when they are. I want him to make dumb jokes and pranks with his friends and make decisions he may come to regret later. I want him to struggle with money and timing and procrastinating on homework. I want to make memories with him through film, to learn about him along the way, and to not forget that he’s just a Sophomore; and where he doesn’t know what college he wants to go to or what career he wants to pursue that one thing is clear and that is that he is Spider-man. He might not be a respectable Captain America or a polished Iron Man but he’s got heart and compassion and the will to simple do and these are the aspects we already know and love about the character, but we now just want it brought to life in a way that we really feel connected to and that kids nowadays can relate to.
Keys to success (outside of the comic book elemental aspects):
1. Do not focus on a defined love interest as this is high school and in high school… “That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call em something else.” (Sixteen Candles, 1984)
2. Tend to the generation and give us moments of nostalgia years from now that this Peter Parker was a Millenial and when he was it was ‘swag’ and ‘lit’ and ‘oh what a time to be alive’ but please not those specific examples.
3. Soundtracks are crucial to films, “preferably one with a really awesome musical number for no apparent reason” (Easy A), especially in the teen flick genre where the song really sums up the film and resonates to the generation: “Don’t You (Forget About me)” -Simple Minds (Breakfast Club), “Kiss Me” -Sixpence None the Richer (She’s All That, 1999), “Scotty Doesn’t Know” -Lustra (Eurotrip, 2004), “Pursuit Of Happiness” -Kid Cudi (Project X, 2012). Honorable Mention: “I Want You To Want Me” -Letters to Cleo (10 Things I Hate About You, 1999) RIP Heath Ledger.
4. We know it’s a Spider-Man film and it’s Peter’s life but each person has something to add to the mix and we want to know that. Build the story that surrounds his everyday with the characters he encounters everyday. They’ve casted a lot of well known personalities to make for a lot of potential in each scene.
5. Let’s face it, he gets the girl. Let’s take into consideration that they want the Spider-Man franchise to follow a Harry Potter timeline spanning hopefully over 8+ movies in 10 years. “Wicked!” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001) I know right? For Peter we know that he’s had many girls along the way but MJ was always his boo. As much as I would not like to have him end up in relationship by the end of Homecoming, there does still need to be some form of strong relational pull that shows that the feelings are there and are mutual whether it’s by a kiss, a glance across the room, or a smile walking away. Leave us wanting more and most importantly “…you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!” (Fight Club, 1999. I got carried away there with the quotes. 90′s baby. Movie buff.