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Spider-Man: Homecoming Director, Jon Watts, On Diverse Cast and Donald Glover’s Role

Jon Watts is directing 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Spider-Man: Homecoming director, Jon Watts, sat down with The Daily Beast recently to talk about how he came to direct Marvel’s reboot of everyone’s friendly, neighborhood superhero.

Here are some relevant bits.

Reflecting diversity in the film: “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.”

Will the recently cast Donald Glover play Miles Morales? “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.” Yes, it would have.

On the pressure of differentiating Spider-Man: Homecoming from the previous five stand-alone Spider-Man films: “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 [Spider-Man: Homecoming]. [We’re] 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.”

On observing Spider-Man’s introduction in Captain America: Civil War: “[The movie] was already a moving train when I got on board, but I came on right as they got Tom [Holland], and so I knew everything that was happening with Civil War. I was there when they were shooting it and sort of lurking in the back, looking over the Russos’ shoulders, and I had ideas about this and that. We were already on the same page, but it was great because I got to sort of meet everyone and see what they were doing with it, and that informed where we eventually took it.”

Any more spoilers he can offer? No. “I probably can’t say anything. There’s a little sniper dot on me at all times, just in case. They’ll hit me with a tranq dart.”

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017SuperFable