Look! It’s a New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer!

Spider-Man is back, but is he really more Spider-Man than ever?

That’s the question we’re asking ourselves after watching the new preview for Spider-Man: Homecoming. The new preview gives us our best look yet at the movie’s characters, plot and action, but none of those elements seem terribly focused on Spider-Man himself. Instead, the film seems more interested in how this new version of Spider-Man – played by Tom Holland and introduced in last year’s Captain America: Civil War – fits into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The trailer highlights Peter Parker’s eagerness to grow up, but that aspiration takes the form of joining the Avengers and, specifically, impressing Iron Man. And while it looks like an important part of Spider-Man’s journey is getting over his starry-eyed naïveté and becoming a hero on his own personal merits, one can’t help but marvel (pun intended) that his character arc might consist entirely of undoing the nature of his introduction in Captain America: Civil War.

Tom Holland Spider-Man Homecoming

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In that film, Spider-Man was rocketed to the front lines of the MCU by Tony Stark, given a top notch costume and going toe-to-toe with some of the most formidable superheroes in the world. But it seems as though Spider-Man: Homecoming is arguing that that was too much, too soon, and that Spider-Man needs to go back to basics in order to work properly as a character.

And if that’s true, maybe the best solution would have been to introduce him properly in the first place, instead of spending all this time and money to undo what you only just recently did. Especially considering the whole point of this version of Spider-Man is to undo the damage done to the franchise by the underwhelming Amazing Spider-Man movies.

In any case, Tom Holland still seems spot-on as Peter Parker, the action looks cool, and we’re still very much interested. But if the human drama exists entirely to negate the way Marvel first introduced the character, and if we really are going to spend an entire film getting him back to basics, we can’t help but wonder if maybe they should have thought of that while they were making Captain America: Civil War.

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters on July 7, 2017.

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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and Canceled Too Soon, and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.