What we learned from the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ trailer and what we still want to know

Tom Holland is on top of the world (or at least the subway track) as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung by in a new trailer today, so it’s time for us to do what neighbors do and get a little nosy.

While the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer reveals a whole lot more about the superhero vs. supervillain conflict at the heart of the story, it raised as many questions for us as it answered. Let’s dive in now and talk about what we’ve learned and what we’re still dying to know.

First, if you haven’t seen the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer yet, here it is:

While the last Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer emphasized the film’s high school setting, this one plays up the conflict between our superhero and his supervillain, the Vulture (played by Michael Keaton). It also featured a lot more of Tony Stark and even a brief cameo from a certain other Avenger. So here’s what we still want to know:

1. When will Spider-Man become an Avenger?

It’s probably a bad idea for a teenager to ask Tony Stark for advice, but here we are.

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Early in the new trailer, Peter just comes straight out and asks Tony: “So, to become an Avenger, are there like trials? Or an interview?”

Tony deflects by suggesting Peter just stick to being “a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” But honestly, we have the same question. We already know Spidey’s due to return next year for Avengers: Infinity War so are they saving his induction for that film or could he join the Avengers by the end of Homecoming?

Also, this is neither here nor there, but I would be remiss if I did not point out just how perfectly on-point their outfits are in this scene. Tony’s sporting an ironic kitten t-shirt under a (probably extremely expensive) blazer, while Peter’s wearing a “the physics is theoretical but the fun is real” shirt like the dork that he is.

2. What MCU cameos and Easter eggs are in this movie?

Even dumb boring educational videos are cooler in the MCU.

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Speaking of Tony, he’s not the only Avenger to show up in the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer. Captain America briefly appears in an educational video shown in Peter’s gym class, and Peter gets a nice moment where he gets to brag to Ned about the events of Captain America: Civil War.

Sony’s clearly leaning in hard to the fact that this Spider-Man, unlike the two previous iterations of the franchise, is very much a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’d expect many more Easter eggs, references and maybe even cameos to come in the movie.

3. What other cool gadgets does Spidey have?

Better than an army of spiders: flying drone bugs!

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Switching gears, Peter sure does get some nifty tech in this trailer. For starters, his vacuum-sealed suit is a fun detail. He also has a little drone bug and an exploding web shooter disc. Oh, and that hologram watch from the Civil War end credits makes a return.

He may not be able to summon an army of spiders, as he patiently explains to Ned, but it sounds like he’s got plenty of other tools at his disposal.

4. Where does Tony Stark get off lecturing other people about their super-suits?

Here is Tony Stark, who has the most reasonable and healthy relationship with all of his super-armor.

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After Peter’s disastrous attempt at superhero-ing, Tony tells him he wants the Spidey suit back. Peter pleads, “But I’m nothing without this suit.”

Tony responds, “If you’re nothing without this suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”

At first blush, this seems like good advice. Peter needs to learn who he really is, not get cocky behind some high-tech suit. But then we considered the source. Really? Tony Stark, the guy who once built like a million Iron Man suits for the toy sales because he felt scared, is going to lecture other people about developing healthy relationships to their high-powered suits?

5. How do all the villains fit together?

Michael Keaton’s Vulture makes a dramatic entrance.

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The villains finally get fleshed out in the new trailer. Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes is the leader of the gang, which also includes characters played by Donald Glover and Logan Marshall-Green. They’re bitter that “the rich and powerful, like Stark they don’t care about us” and have started scavenging parts left over from the MCU’s many, many, many third-act city-destroying climaxes for their own use.

Interestingly, Vulture tells Peter at one point, “I’ll do anything to protect my family.” Is he referring to, like, an actual family (spouse, kids, parents)? Or is he using “family” in the Fast and the Furious sense, meaning “band of lovable outlaws”?

6. What other weapons do the bad guys have access to?

Hey, remember all that alien tech left behind from the Chitauri battle in the first Avengers movie?

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Chitauri tech (left over from the events of 2012’s The Avengers) seems to be popular with the bad guys, especially in the form of guns. Vulture’s own suit seems cobbled together using pieces from abandoned superhero / supervillain machinery. Could these scavengers also find material left over from the Avengers’ battles with Ultron? Or the events of the Hulk?

7. How do Peters other classmates fit in?

Hi, Zendaya! We still think you’re Mary Jane Watson!

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The focus on the villains in this latest trailer means that Spidey’s human classmates get the short shrift. Peter’s BFF Ned still gets a decent amount of screentime, but Liz Allan and Michelle appear only for the briefest of moments, and Flash Thompson doesn’t show up at all. Nor do we see much of the Midtown High faculty.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige has repeatedly promised a “John Hughes” vibe from Spider-Man: Homecoming, so here’s hoping we’ll see Peter’s non-superhero friends get more to do in the next trailer.

8. How does Spidey get his suit back?

Spidey’s charmingly low-tech suit.

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After Tony takes away Peter’s high-tech suit, he’s seen sporting a low-tech outfit that looks homemade. But eventually, it looks like he’ll be getting that high-tech suit back again. Does he convince Tony to return it to him? Or does he steal it from Stark Industries?

9. How does New York feel about Spider-Man?

Even Staten Island isn’t safe from supervillain destruction that’s the ferry right there.

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The relationship between the teenage superhero and his beloved hometown is a key element of any Spider-Man story. But how does this Spider-Man fit into this New York? On the one hand, Spidey looks happy swinging around Manhattan and Queens and Ned’s awed “You’re the Spider-Man! From YouTube!” suggests Spidey’s got an internet following.

On the other, this is a city that’s familiar with superpowered vigilantes already, not to mention the destruction they leave in their wake. Is Vulture the only one who’s fed up with these super-battles? Or will Queens start to turn on its resident webslinger?

10. Will Spider-Man: Homecoming help set up Infinity War?

This gif has nothing to do with Avengers: Infinity War but look how cute!

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We’ve got an Avenger and a presumed future Avenger up in here battling a bad guy with access to Chitauri tech, in a city that’s positively littered with debris from previous superhero battles. It seems unlikely an Infinity Stone will randomly pop up in Homecoming. But it’s not so farfetched to think there’ll be some other setup for Infinity War, right?

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