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CNN Geek Out Correspondent Katie Goldman reports from New York on the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, which dropped online Tuesday night.
Director Jon Watts and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal gathered on stage at this year’s CinemaCon to reveal details about the fifth installment of the popular franchise — one that some fans have campaigned for franchise to end.
The star and filmmaker spoke from the start about the first teaser trailer, which will be attached to “Captain Marvel.” Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is on the run when a bomb explodes on a commercial flight in Venice, California, crashing the plane and sending a portion of the passengers toward a chain of video screens where they are watching a documentary about terrorism.
All of them immediately and conspicuously take on the “soft target.”
The whole thing is done with a simple gimmick: When a character walks right into a video camera, it happens. If they take it off, it doesn’t. If you blink, it’s over.
It’s essentially a Donut Conquering Fax Competition. Who wins, who loses?
However, after the passengers get through the series of incidents and come upon Spider-Man in a crosswalk, all of their videotaped responses come back as he wonders, “What the hell was I thinking?”
This makes him wonder whether he was ever Spider-Man or not. Who is Spider-Man, and who is not? It’s not enough for him to just be alive.
One thing is for sure: Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) won’t be delighted. The poster for the movie has her with Spider-Man’s head in her lap. Who would want to share a chair with this person?
The trailer gives some insight into Peter Parker’s life and the web he spins, but it mostly shows off the wide variety of villains that can be incorporated into this case study of a young man trying to win over the scorn of society, including one who says that “in a city of thousands, everyone is more than slightly defined by something.”
Many of the scenes in the trailer feature the return of the greats from the films of the previous five movies. There’s some of the classic hatred and vitriol shared between Norman Osborn and Peter Parker, who later becomes the Green Goblin.
There’s also a character who doesn’t make an appearance in the teaser but some might remember him from the first movie, Flash Thompson. Another classic villain the teaser brings back is Venom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters July 5, 2019.