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Spider-Man reboot will be inspired by John Hughes

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Peter Parker is relocating to the suburbs of Chicago. 

Well, in spirit. At a press junket for Ant-Man over the weekend, Marvel boss Kevin Feige was asked about the company’s 2017 Spider-Man movie, which recently cast 19-year-old Tom Holland as the new web-slinger. If The Winter Soldier was a ’70s conspiracy thriller and Ant-Man is a heist film, he was asked by SlashFilm, what will the tone and tenor be of the new reboot? “Spider-Man will be a ‘John Hughes’ movie,” he said.  

Hughes, who died in 2009, was the patron saint of ’80s teen comedies with a huge heart for the high-school underdogs. His incredible mid-decade streak of movies—Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—altered the film industry’s attitude towards younger audiences. Feige hopes that the new Spider-Man can similarly tap into that same crowd, even 30 years later.

“We haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time,” said Feig, according to Birth.Movies.Death. “Not that we can make a John Hughes movie—only John Hughes could—but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

In another tidbit of encouraging Spidey news, Feig also mentioned that the new movie would not include an origin story, which has already been done onscreen—twice—in recent years, courtesy of the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield incarnations. And he mentioned that the film might feature new villains, pointing to the rogues gallery from the original comic book that have been so far ignored by the films. 

 

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