Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Name: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Abbreviation(s): Homecoming
Creator: John Watts (director), Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley (story)
Date(s): 2017
Medium: film
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Wikipedia, IMDB
Spider-Man: Homecoming official movie poster
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man (also known as Peter Parker). It is the 16th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the second cinematic Spider-Man reboot, following on the heels of the Sam Raimi movies (2002-2007) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012-2014).

Canon

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second film to feature this universe's version of Spider-Man, after Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) first appeared in the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, as an honorary Avenger. Homecoming builds on this background, featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and focusing on Peter's attempts to deal with a return to ordinary life after having fought alongside the Avengers.

Main Characters

Fandom

Spiderman and the wider MCU pre-2015

The idea of Spider-Man joining the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe has existed in fandom since the Avengers film came out in 2012. Fans imagined an alternate series of events where Peter joins The Avengers or was around for the Battle for New York. It is fairly common within fanfiction or even fanart for Spider-Man or other Marvel Characters to join The Avengers due to the strong comics canon in which they are a member.

Another common trope appearing in fanworks is Superfamily, in which Peter goes to live with or is adopted by Steve/Tony.

Depending on which Spider-Man is chosen to feature in a particular fanwork - if comic-based, or a film-verse Sam Raimi Spider-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man - various other Spider-Man characters will often appear, such as Mary-Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, May Parker, and Harry Osborn.

2015 and the announcement of Spider-Man: Homecoming

In February 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced a licensing deal that would allow Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, to a largely positive reception from fans.

Tom Holland made his first appearance as Spider-Man in the MCU with a minor role in Captain America: Civil War, before making his solo film debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Fan reception of Spider-Man's minor role in Captain America: Civil War was mainly positive, although some criticized the character of Iron Man for involving Peter in the Avengers at such a young age - at 15, Spider-Man: Homecoming is the youngest cinematic incarnation of Peter Parker to date.

This article or section needs expansion.

What was the feedback as using Liz Allan for love interest? Tony Stark, Michelle Jones, Ned Leeds, May Parker, Flash Thompson, or the other characters? The film has been released, what are the fans mostly saying? what kind of tropes are appearing now? who are the most common characters?

Shipping

Prior to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Spider-Man-related pairings in Marvel Cinematic Universe were mostly dominated by slash, with the most common pairings being Peter Parker/Wade Wilson and Peter Parker/Harry Osborn. The most common het pairing was Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy, the canon pairing from the second Spider-Man cinematic reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.

Since the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the following relationships have begun to appear in the fandom:

Peter/Reader and Peter/OFC are also relatively popular pairings.

The principal canon ship throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming is Peter Parker/Liz Allan. Liz Allan, portrayed by Laura Harrier, is a minor character from the Spider-Man universe who appears in the film as Peter (and his best friend Ned)'s crush, and leader of the decathlon team of which Peter is a member. However, following the events of the film she moves out of state, and thus it is generally accepted that Liz's character and her relationship with Peter will likely not return.

Another female friend of Peter's, Michelle Jones, has attracted significantly more fan attention. Played by Zendaya, Michelle Jones has a fairly minor role in the film, but shows evidence of a possible crush on Peter, remarking in one scene that he has dropped out of several of his extracurricular activities, before immediately insisting: "I'm not obsessed with him, I'm just super observant." At the end of the film, Michelle offhandedly reveals that "my friends call me MJ" - in an obvious reference to Spider-Man's canon love interest, Mary-Jane Watson.

In the months leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, rumours had flown that Zendaya was due to portray Mary-Jane Watson in the upcoming film, sparking outrage from some fans that Mary-Jane would be played by a black woman.[1] However, producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal later clarified that Zendaya's character was intended as "more of a fun homage" to Mary-Jane than as a reimagining of the character.[2] Nevertheless, there remains the possibility that MJ could become Peter's love interest, and the producers' statement hasn't kept fans from shipping the two, with Michelle Jones/Peter Parker or "Spideychelle" becoming the most popular romantic pairing in Spider-Man: Homecoming on AO3, with 79 works to date (as of July 22, 2017).

Fanworks & Tropes

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

Trope: Superfamily/Parent!Tony

The Superfamily trope refers to a specific scenario in which Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are in a romantic relationship and adopt Peter Parker as their son. The trope originated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming, featuring the Peter Parker from the Amazing Spider-Man films.

Related to this is the parent!Tony trope, which revolves around Tony Stark either being Peter Parker's biological father (usually unknown to Peter), or acting as a parent to him, building on the mentor and pseudo-parent relationship he has with Peter in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

An examination of Peter's childhood, and a certain billionaire's planet-sized guilt complex.
“I don’t know, some twelve year old—”
Below him, the kid coughs out, “Fifteen.”
“—Fifteen year old—”
Tony scrubs a hand across his face. “Don’t tell me he’s wearing a dorky shirt with a chemistry pun on it.”
Rhodey frowns. That was oddly specific. Glancing down, he looks at what little he can see of the kid’s shirt—which isn't much since there’s so much blood now, but what could be once called a cartoon joke is printed on it. “Um, yeah?”
“Son of a bitch.”
Otherwise known as how Rhodey finds out about how old Peter is, and how badly he needs to beat Tony with a stick.
Or, five times Tony Stark deeply resented Steve Rogers' new involvement in Peter Parker's life, and one time he did not.

Romance

See Shipping for details of popular ships in Homecoming fandom

Infinity Wars

Due to the fact that the Infinity Wars are known to be taking place soon in this universe's timeline (with the film's release set for 2018) with Spider-Man confirmed to be involved, many fanfiction authors have speculated on how the wars might play out, or otherwise incorporated it into futurefic.

She acts like it's another extraciricular, except less than because, “You can't even put it on your Common App, Parker.”
He's not sure what he expected, but he shouldn't have expected anything else. This is Michelle, beautiful, smart, and forever unenthused Michelle. (A fic chronicling Peter and Michelle's relationship, and her attitude towards his superhero activities, taking place up to, through and after the Infinity Wars)

Trans Peter Parker

A number of fans headcanon Peter Parker as a trans man, due to his insistence during the film that his name is Spider-Man, Flash's nickname of "Penis Parker", his upset and defensive reaction to Aaron Davis misgendering him based on his voice, Aunt May's comment about his body going through changes, and other details such as his relatively short height and small hands and feet.[3] [4]

  • ijustwantedtomakesure by ottertrashpalace. Shortly after they first start going out, Peter gets in a pretty bad scrape and is injured. MJ just wants to take care of him, but, well, suffice to say that there's a pretty valid reason that Peter hesitates to take his shirt off.
  • Pride by ottertrashpalace. MJ considers it her honor and her duty to take Peter to his first pride parade after he comes out to her. Needless to say, this involves blue lipstick, famous drag queens, and incredibly attractive displays of spider-strength. She considers herself lucky.
  • a bag of frozen peas by until_the_earth_is_free. “That’s one funky outfit you’ve got on, kiddo,” Mr Murdock said.
“I was just, uh, practicing my gymnastics routine in the area.”
“Really?” Mr Murdock asked, raising his eyebrows. “Because it sounded like you were having a panic attack in a dumpster.”
[Peter Parker passes out during a fight and wakes up in some guy called Matt Murdock's apartment.]

Fanart

General

Trans Peter Parker

Superfamily/Parent!Tony

Peter & the Avengers/other MCU characters

Fanvids

Mood Boards/Aesthetics

General

Trans Peter Parker

Archives & Fannish Links

References

  1. 'Spider-Man fans aren't happy that Zendaya is starring as Mary-Jane Watson', Metro, published August 21, 2016 (Accessed July 22, 2017).
  2. Marvel producers reveal the truth about Zendaya’s name in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’, The Daily Dot, published 10 July 2017 (Accessed 22 July 2017).
  3. peter parker is a trans boy by chase-is-not-crash, Tumblr. Posted July 12, 2017 (Accessed August 26, 2017).
  4. Trans! Peter Parker by backroad-bros, Tumblr. Posted July 19, 2017 (Accessed August 26, 2017).