It’s been just over 7 months since we got our first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by now we know that it was more or less the movie that first trailer promised: a superhero high school comedy about a kid who wants to be an Avenger.
Of course, all films change between their trailers and release, and that means there are hints in them about the film as it might have been. Having seen the film twice, we went back and took a look at all of the domestic and international trailers for the movie to see what material there was in them that didn’t make it into the film…
Aunt May At School
This shot is from a short scene which appears in the first couple of trailers. It shows Aunt May arriving at Peter’s school, dressed smartly and looking concerned. There’s not a lot to go on, but it’s likely that she’s here for a meeting with Peter’s teachers and/or principal over his deteriorating behaviour.
If I had to guess, I’d place it at some point after he cut detention and before he returns from the fight on the Staten Island ferry. It’d have the useful effect of showing us May’s concern for Peter while the ferry disaster is happening – something we only learn about later – as well as illustrating the strain his covert superheroics put on her, something that the film could probably use a little more of, all things considered. Especially in light of the ending.
Spidey + Iron Man
This shot of Spidey swinging into action alongside Iron Man is particularly notable because not only is it not in the film, there’s nowhere it’d even fit. The fact that Iron Man’s wearing the wrong armour – in Homecoming he wears a silver, red and gold version that’s coloured like the original Ultimate Iron Man armour – suggests that it was created specifically as a piece of promotional material.
And hey, that’s more or less what director Jon Watts said while speaking to ScreenCrush:
“I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together. And they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great — the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like ‘Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.’ Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there. I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot. It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”
In the same interview, Watts also describes this visual of the Vulture as being mocked-up specifically for the trailer in the atrium of a hotel in Atlanta. It too was never intended to be in the actual film.
Angry Peter & Maskless Peter
A couple of shots here that don’t seem to be in the film, though I could be mistaken. The first shows Peter looking a little pensive/angry – perhaps after his suit is taken away – while the second seems to be set in the aftermath of a fight or otherwise harrowing experience. Not much to say about them other than they exist, though if you’ve got a theory feel free to throw it our way.
Peter and Liz Kiss
This is quite a big one – it’s in several trailers, including the last (which was released at a point when the contents of the movie are typically a lot more locked in). Clearly, there’s material cut which shows Peter and Liz’s relationship getting a bit more advanced than it was.
It’s not hard to see why that was cut – Peter’s enough of a dick to Liz in this movie as it is and if he ran off to fight the Vulture after kissing her at the dance we’d probably be a lot less sympathetic. Despite this, their relationship does feel a little undercooked – in the films they’re both oddly burned by it, even though they don’t spend a lot of time together. This scene could’ve helped that.
Aaand finally, the Vulture’s wings collect him from the ground in what appears to be some kind of waste ground / an industrial yard. It’s not especially indicative of anything, but hey, it’s a piece of Vulture action that didn’t get into the film. It’s from the second trailer, so perhaps it was covered up by reshoots…
As you can see, there’s not a huge amount of material that got left unused, but a few bits point to some interesting scenes that could’ve had a major impact on the movie. Fingers crossed we get to see more of them on the home release!