‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Before heading to theater, watch first four minutes online

Spider-Man: Homecoming” opens Friday July 7 to some of the best reviews ever for for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many screenings are sure to be sold out. Don’t despair if you can’t get in as you can still see the first four minutes of the movie in the trailer embedded above.

We first saw Tom Holland as the webbed crusader Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War” (2016). Back then, Tony Stark (a.k.a Iron Man) recruited him to fight alongside him during a battle among the Avengers. This teaser picks up from there with Parker en-route to Berlin with Stark’s side=kick Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). The action unfolds in the form of a video diary shot by the teen titan.

This new outing, which is the 16th film in the MCU franchise, marks the comic book character’s first stand-alone film. It was produced by Marvel Studios which reached a deal with Sony to share the rights to Spider-Man. Sony had previously produced “Spider-Man” films starring Tobey Maguire (2002-2007) and Andrew Garfield (2012-2014) that weren’t connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many of those weighing in with tweets are saying that this new version is even better than any entries in those two franchises.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Stark, who mentors the young web-slinger and teaches him how to be a hero. Michael Keaton is said to steal scenes as the villainous Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. Vulture, who has a super-suit of his own, albeit with mechanical wings. The battle that erupts between good and evil culminates with a jaw-dropping showdown on New York’s Staten Island Ferry.

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