As reported by ScreenCrush, the first four minutes of the film of the film have been released online and are available to watch for free. This is not a drill. This is not a trailer. This is the first four minutes of the actual film. You can watch the extended preview above, and while it doesn’t really get into the actual story, it’s a pretty funny recap of how young Peter Parker got where he is now.
Mostly, it’s a recap of the events of Captain America: Civil War, from Parker’s point of view. Think of it as a live video blog from your favorite superhero — who, it seems, is a true product of the social media age. Heck, he even recorded the superhero battle royale in which he tangled with Captain America & Co.
We also get a peek at how the superhero got the snazzy suit that he uses in the film and another peek at the budding mentor/mentee relationship between Parker and Tony Stark.
It’s a unique way to bring folks who didn’t see Civil War up to speed and a unique way to open a film. Speaking of said film, don’t let the fact that this is reboot No. 2 deter you: This is perhaps the strongest showing for the web crawler yet. Here’s a snippet of what we had to say about the film in a recent review:
“In one of many smart decisions made by the film’s creative team, Homecoming dispenses with the typical retelling of Spider-Man’s origin story and jumps right into the action, wisely assuming some audience familiarity with one of the world’s most popular superheroes and the subject of more makeovers than a red carpet gala. The key points in Spider-Man’s transition from average teenager to super-powered crime-fighter are referenced without dwelling on them, leaving the bulk of the film’s 133-minutes to focus on telling a new story.
And tell a new story it certainly does — with ample help from its talented cast, some impressively crisp action sequences, and a script that highlights Spidey’s best attributes in ways that few of the prior Spider-Man films managed to do.”
You can check out the entire thing here, and you can catch Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters Friday, July 7.
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