Director Jon Watts Talks About The Cast And Theme For ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

During a recent interview with director Jon Watts, who will be directing Spider-Man’s first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he talked about his indie horror film Clown. Naturally, reporters wanted to know about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Among all the casting announcements within the past two weeks, the biggest may have been the announcement of Donald Glover joining the cast. Watts was asked about Glover’s role in Homecoming, to which he said:

“I can’t talk about anything like that! That would have been so amazing, if I’d just completely spilled some secret like that by accident.”

Although Watts was unable to talk about what role Donald Glover would be playing in the film, he was much more inclined to give details in regards to the cast as a whole. The cast as of now is very diverse, consisting of Tom Holland, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and now Donald Glover, among others. According to Watts, there is a good reason behind diversifying his cast:

“Peter Parker goes to high school in Queens, and Queens is one of—if not the—most diverse places in the world. So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like.”

Jon Watts also mentioned briefly the tone of the film, which will differ greatly than any of the other five Spider-Man films before it. While only three of the Spider-Man movies before Homecoming briefly touched on the Peter Parker’s life in high school, according to Watts his adaptation of the hero will consistently convey the high school theme throughout the entirety of the film:

“It’s been really fun to just look for things that none of the other Spider-Man movies have really explored before, and decide if that’s something we want to work into that,” he said. “And really making it a high school movie, and committing to that, and not having that just be the beginning of the movie. The John Hughes sort of tone. When you’re looking at it through that prism, it really opens up the door to a lot of possibilities.”

As the film is set to begin filming in Atlanta this month, more details regarding the plot and the film’s characters are sure to be revealed as time goes on. Even with this being the sixth on screen appearance of Spider-Man, many fans are eagerly looking forward to this movie following Tom Holland’s excellent performance as the web slinger in Captain America: Civil War.

Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to premiere in theaters July 7th of next year.