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Homecoming Trailer Riffs on Spidey’s History with the Avengers

As the recent posters showing Spidey perched on the big A of Avengers Tower made clear, Homecoming will revolve largely around a young wall-crawler’s new MCU status as an Avenger-in-training. Now, the second trailer stresses Tony Stark’s at-times ill-advised mentorship of Peter Parker, and longtime fans may actually be surprised by which comics volumes this forthcoming flick seems to be specifically inspired by. So, get ready for speculation and some (potential) spoilers…

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What’s striking is that Tom Holland’s Spidey will be drawing specifically from both Ultimate Spider-Men. For those who haven’t kept up with the comics, the Ultimate imprint featured a separate continuity that allowed creators to not only tell contemporary updates of the Marvel heroes’ origins, but also put those characters through storylines too extreme for even the “regular” universe’s continuity.

For instance, Spidey was traditionally a one-off member of the Avengers who only ever came back for reunion specials. He worked better alone, and that just didn’t fit with the team’s M.O. The younger Spidey of the Ultimate revamp, however, was re-conceived as a potential recruit for big league heroics, being eyed by S.H.I.E.L.D. since the very start.

The series fully embraced the more-realistic detail that a teenage vigilante would have a hard time keeping his identity secret from anybody–let alone professionals who actually know what they’re doing. So, all of his team-ups with Captain America and Black Widow, et al, were framed as a young kid learning lessons on heroics from grown-up experts.

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In the comics, it’s Nick Fury who specifically takes an interest in showing Pete the way. Here, that role obviously goes to Iron Man. Though, he has the same second thoughts about training a teenager to throw himself into combat, and that has some ominous associations when grouped with Homecoming‘s take on the Vulture.

By the end, the story of Ultimate Peter Paker is about the Avengers’ failure to train him for superheroics, as the kid dies in a battle around his neighborhood with the Green Goblin. And interestingly, while Michael Keaton’s Vulture has the high-tech flying rig of the villain’s Ultimate incarnation, he seems like something of a Take Two for Norman Osborn (knowing Pete’s secret identity, threatening his family directly, and such). Him filling this role suggests the fight at Coney Island–with Spidey defying Stark’s warnings and putting on gym clothes after his super suit is taken away–may take some cues from Ultimate Peter’s final bout with the Goblin.

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Given that Ned Leeds has been re-conceived to better resemble Miles’ best friend, Ganke, it’s clear that the crew has been looking at the Ultimate imprint while putting these films together. Even if the connection this Spidey film has to the next one doesn’t work out exactly like the comics, looking back into those specific issues may show more of what’s being riffed on in this series.

What specific comics do you hope these movies will adapt? Share thoughts in the talkback.

Image Credits: Marvel

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