As filming continues on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first wall-crawler adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans are slowly getting a fuller picture of what’s in store for Peter Parker and his band. Recently, the cast and crew announced that the production had shifted from its Atlanta locale to New York City, which was great news for Spidey-fans. Since Peter Parker traditionally lives and fights crime in the Big Apple, no Spider-Man production would be complete without a few iconic scenes actually filmed in NYC.
Since the shoot has resumed, astute devotees and press outlets have caught some of fans’ first glimpses of the Web-Head in his native land.
Coming Soon brings amazing stills of Spider-Man/Peter Parker doing his thing in the City that Never Sleeps. The shots include the Web-Head in his classic pose perched atop the iconic architecture as he surveys his town. The young Mr. Parker also gets his due, as several images show him making his way through New York, grooving to his favorite tunes (perhaps The Ramones’ cover of the ’60s Spider-Man cartoon song?). The stills also reveal some high-flying action-packed moments of Spidey hanging from a railing, showcasing Tom Holland’s daring side.
Marvel has a long history in New York City – especially since the publisher was founded and still resides there. Unlike DC, who often chose fictional cities like Metropolis or Gotham (despite their obvious New York influence) as their heroes’ home bases, the House of Ideas often choses their real-world settings as a way to ground their characters in some sense of realism. As a result, it only makes sense that their archetypal hero, Spider-Man, is rooted in the Big Apple.
Clearly the Marvel Universe varies wildly at times from our own reality, though. At the same time, it’s been interesting to watch how current events affect the MCU, or at least how their comic and cinematic realms mirror our own. The tenuous tether between real life and MCU fantasy helps the company captivate audiences and also respond in kind to the important trends which affect daily life. Even mystically-oriented films Doctor Strange and Nine Realmer Thor: Ragnarok spend time in their versions of New York before they blow a few minds through visual trickery.
Of course, a lesser if still impressive form of movie magic involves blending the less-expensive footage shot in studios and around Atlanta with the pricey Big Apple shots into a composite NYC. Production on Spider-Man: Homecoming will probably wrap up in the city shortly, aside from possible reshoots and post-production in-studio and possible soundstage work. However, Holland recently suggested that Peter Parker may be heading back to Atlanta fairly soon. His tease could mean that a whole mess of MCU players are winging their way back to Georgia’s Peach for the first part of Avengers: Infinity War.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.