A major factor going into this summer’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming‘ was Disney, Marvel and Sony’s desire to make sure that the latest incarnation of Spider-Man (portrayed by Tom Holland) was different from the Spider-Men who came before him. They have achieved this in a number of ways already, by casting a younger actor, making sure to keep Peter Parker in High School for as long as possible, casting a very young Aunt May with Marisa Tomei, having Robert Downey Jr. co-star as Iron Man, etc, but recently star Tom Holland discussed another way that his version of the web-slinger is different from those that came before.
During a recent chat with Yahoo News, Holland spoke on Peter’s motivation in the MCU at this point:
“I think the difference now is that Peter Parker finally has an all-time goal, and his goal is to become an Avenger. Everything he does, even though he’s doing it for the right reasons, is done so that one day he can become an Avenger and prove himself to Tony Stark. And I think we’ve never really seen Spider-Man with that kind of motivation before.”
Personally, while I like the idea that Peter wants to become an Avenger, I am not onboard with this being one of his primary motivations. Spider-Man, to me, is a hero because he was gifted with these abilities and knows he has a responsibility to help people in any way he can. It is his burden, and his primary motivation has always been to find a way to balance that burden with his normal life, which is what he desperately wants to have. The Avenger stuff is cool, especially since he is younger and has these heroes in the MCU that he can look up to, but making him desperately want to join their ranks somehow diminishes the character for me, making it feel like his burden is lessened somehow, but then again, I have yet to see the movie, so I could clearly be barking up the wrong tree here. I just hope that in trying to make this Spider-Man different they are not changing the essence of the character, because that is the superhero many of us grew up loving to read and watch, and I would hate for that to change just so Disney and Sony can make sure people know Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is different from the one played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.
Either way, I’m still excited to see my favorite hero back on the big-screen, I will still be there on opening night, but I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that he will still be a Spider-Man I recognize when the dust settles.
What are your thoughts? Am I jumping to conclusions? Do you think it even matters? Share your opinions in the comments below!
Source: Yahoo Movies