Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman used the studio’s presentation at CinemaCon to announce the official title of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. The announcement came at the very end of the two-hour presentation that included footage from Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Passengers, Ghostbusters, and The Magnificent Seven. Rothman joked that he held off on the Spider-Man news to use it as his Steve Jobs moment – you know, Jobs used to wait until the end to do a “oh, by the way…” sort of lead-in to a huge new product reveal.
The new Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Tom Holland, took the studio’s private jet from the red carpet Hollywood premiere of Captain America: Civil War in order to make it in time for the end of Sony’s presentation at Caesars Palace in Vegas. Disney’s screening Captain America: Civil War at CinemaCon and it features the first appearance of the new Spidey on screen. When Holland joined Rothman on stage he declared, “I’m your new Spider-Man!”
The new title Spider-Man: Homecoming has dual meanings according Rothman and Holland. Rothman says it’s a homecoming to the Marvel cinematic universe. Holland added, “It really is a homecoming for the character throughout the story he really is trying to find his true identity and where he really belongs in this world.” The first preview footage was screened featuring Holland as Parker coming home to find his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) sitting on a couch with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). Stark’s there because Peter applied for and won a special grant, which has Peter confused but going with the flow. Sony also showed off the clip from Captain America: Civil War featuring the first appearance of the new Spider-Man.
Jon Watts is directing Spider-Man: Homecoming and Sony is targeting a July 7, 2017 theatrical release.