The screenplay for Spider-Man: Homecoming went through so many different hands, it’s not only a miracle the movie even got made, but that it ended up being really great. The first pair of writers – Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley – are comedy writers known for movies like Horrible Bosses and Vacation. The next two writers, the film’s director Jon Watts and his longtime collaborator Christopher Ford, have collaborated on Watts’ first two features, the Kevin Bacon starring Cop Car, and the Eli Roth-produced Clown.
Finally, we get to the two writers who plan to return for the sequel, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. These are the people you should care about when it comes to future writing collaborations, because both of these guys have one hell of a resume. McKenna’s claim to fame is as a producer and writer on both Dan Harmon’s Community and Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad. Sommers, on the other hand, has written for a number of new cult classics, including Comedy Central’s Crank Yankers, Drawn Together, and American Dad with McKenna. Now, the two are set to write upwards of three new Marvel movies, including Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as the Homecoming sequel scheduled for 2019.
If you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Homecoming yet:
In the film, a young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland) begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Homecoming followed Peter through his sophomore year of high school, and the two planned sequels are being written to see the web-slinger through his junior and senior years, instead of shipping him off to college and not showing much of his high school experience at all, like Sam Raimi did with his films. This isn’t to say that one approach is better than the other, but Marvel is clearly going back-to-basics with the character, producing an on-screen iteration that’s truer to the character on the page than any other we’ve seen.
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