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WATCH: New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer Showcases Michael Keaton’s Vulture

A second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was released by Sony on March 28, just hours after it was played at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

The new trailer heavily features the Vulture, a villain played by Michael Keaton. It also has plenty of links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a neat little cameo from Chris Evans as Captain America.

Tom Holland made his debut as Peter Parker, a.k.a. Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, in Captain America: Civil War after Sony and Disney’s Marvel struck a deal to bring him swinging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This means Homecoming is part of that world too, which is why Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is featured prominently in the trailer. He’s acting as a mentor for the young Spidey and thinks he should let the other Marvel heroes handle the evil Vulture.

Of course, the Web-Head isn’t going to do that, especially because the Vulture’s tech keeps putting people’s lives in danger. The Vulture tries to convince Peter that billionaires like Tony do not care about people like them. The trailer shows us that Spidey tries and fails to fight the Vulture at first, and needs Tony’s help to get out of the mess. Tony takes his high-tech Spidey suit back, forcing Peter to fight in a home-made costume.

Also, the trailers have proven that Jacob Batalon has a scene-stealing role as Ned Leeds, Peter’s best friend. In the second trailer, he even gets to wear the Spidey costume himself!

As for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Cap cameo, it comes when Peter is stuck watching a video in class.

Homecoming was directed by Jon Watts. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Frances Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers and Jon Watts. Bokeem Woodbine is also starring as Shocker, another villain for Spidey to fight.

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Captain America’s quick cameo in the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer. (YouTube)

Here’s the first Homecoming trailer from December:

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.

The Cast of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron-Man
Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds
Marisa Tomei as Aunt May
Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture
Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker
Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson
Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason/Tinkerer
Zendaya as Michelle
Laura Harrier as Liz Allan
Donald Glover

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Jacob Batalon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Jacob Batalon is on the road to becoming a major star thanks to his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The just-released second trailer shows Batalon stealing a more scenes from star Tom Holland, who plays the new Spidey in the Marvel/Sony film. Batalon plays Peter Parker’s best friend, Ned Leeds.

Batalon doesn’t have a public Twitter account, but you can follow him on Instagram at @lifeisaloha.

Here’s what you need to know about Batalon.


1. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is Only His Second Movie

The 20-year-old Batalon has only made two films in his young career. Before being cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he made his film debut in 2016’s North Woods.

North Woods is a short comedy-horror film written and directed by Anthony Raus. The film also starred Amber Allen and Jesse Boone. It’s about five film students who made a documentary about the Wendigo and are slowly picked off by a hungry creature.

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2. He’s a Graduate of the Private Roman Catholic School Damien Memorial School in Hawaii

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Spidey actor Tom Holland, production assistant Harrison Osterfield and Jacob Batalon. (Instagram/Jacob Batalon)

Batalon, an actor of Filipino descent, grew up in Hawaii. He’s a graduate from Damien Memorial School, a private Roman Catholic preparatory school in Honolulu.

After graduating from high school in 2014, Batalon traveled to the mainland, where he attended a two-year program at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It was the first time he performed on the stage, since Damien didn’t have a theater or stage program.

“Singing and (playing) the ukulele really was my thing,” Batalon told the Star-Advertiser. “My mother would make he go up and sing in front of everyone all the time, hahaha, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it so much as a child because I thought it was torture. But in retrospect, I think that’s what helped me get over my fear of being in front of people.”

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3. His Ned Leeds is Far Different From the Character in the Comics

The version of Edward ‘Ned’ Leeds that Batalon plays is very different from the comics iteration. In the comics, Leeds doesn’t come into Peter Parker’s life until after high school, when he starts working at the Daily Bugle.

Peter meets Leeds at the Daily Bugle, where Leeds works as a filed reporter. One day, Leeds is assigned to investigate the villain Hobgoblin. During the assignment, he was captured and brainwashed into thinking he was the Hobgoblin. He was later targeted in a gang war and, since he didn’t have the real Hobgoblin’s powers, he was killed.

Leeds’ ethnicity has been changed for other iterations of Spider-Man. For The Spectacular Spider-Man, Leeds was renamed Ned Lee and became a Korean-American. However, in this version, he was still a reporter. Batalon’s version of Leeds is the first time the character has been shown as a high school friend of Peter’s.

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4. He Says His Character is a ‘Genuine, Sweet Kid’

In a meeting with performing arts students at Damien Memorial School after filming Homecoming, Batalon described his character as “really innocent” and a “genuine, sweet kid.”

“Ned is a really innocent and genuine, sweet kid,” he said. Since he hasn’t been any of those things since he was a kid, he explained that he had to draw from his experiences as a kid to play the role.

“He’s really naive in a sense,” Batalon said of his character, who is five years younger than he is in real life. “You know, he just loves Star Wars and he’s super smart and he just loves to play around. So, I just went back to when I was a kid, playing Power Rangers and Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.”

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5. Director Jon Watts Describes ‘Homecoming’ as a ‘Straight-Up High School Movie’

While many of the Marvel movies are about adult super heroes, Homecoming is a little different. Peter Parker and his friends are only 15 in the movie, and director Jon Watts doesn’t want the audience to forget that.

As Entertainment Weekly reported, at Comic-Con 2016, Watts said Homecoming is a “straight-up high school movie, about a 15-year-old kid.” That feeling is definitely there in the trailers so far.

“We know what it’s like to be a billionaire playboy inventor. We learned what it’s like to be an alien God… We’re going to learn what it’s like to be kid in 10th grade going through puberty,” Watts said.

We’ll see how much of that “high school vibe” survives in the final cut of Homecoming when it hits theaters on July 7.

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Radix: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Brothers Ben and Ray Lai have succeeded in keeping their two-year-old copyright lawsuit against Marvel and Disney alive, although many of their claims were dismissed by a federal judge in Manhattan. The brothers claimed that Marvel’s movie version of the Iron Man character was a knock-off of their short-lived Radix series.

Radix was a sci-fi series originally published by Image back in 2001 and 2002, and only ran for four issues. But the series has lived on thanks to two high-profile cases. In addition to taking Marvel to court, an image from the series was used by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 to win a $50 million grant.

Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuit and the comics series.


1. The Only Claim That Survives Accuses Marvel of Copying a Pose from ‘Radix’

In their copyright lawsuit, the Lai brothers claimed that Marvel’s 2008 Iron Man movie copied the look of armor they designed for the Radix comics. Although Tony Stark and Iron Man have existed in Marvel comics since 1963, they claimed that before Radix was first published in 2001, Iron Man was still “wearing simple spandex-like attire and minimal armor.” (They must have forgotten that Iron Man’s first armor, as he appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 in March 1963, really was a bulky full-body suit of armor.)

“It was not until after the Lai brother’s submitted their work in Radix … that Marvel began depicting Iron Man wearing the suits,” the lawsuit read. The lawsuit lists Horizon Comics as the plaintiffs. The defendants are Marvel, Disney and their subsidiaries. Since Paramount Pictures was an original co-producer on Iron Man, the studio is also listed as a defendant.

In the opinion, U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken agreed that there was some similarity between Iron Man’s movie armor and the Radix armor. However, he dismissed claims that there were any other major similarities between the two properties.

The one claim that did survive is that Marvel copied a kneeling position from Radix for the 2013 Iron Man 3 poster. Oetken wrote that there was a “similarity of expression” between the two images. But the judge said that the idea of body armor is too common in comic books to be protected.

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2. Marvel Has Been Trying to Get the Lawsuit Dismissed Since 2015

Marvel has been fighting the Lai brothers since 2015. They filed their lawsuit in April 2015, The Hollywood Reporter reported at the time. You can read the original lawsuit here. The suit was filed in Massachusetts, even though the plaintiffs are based in Canada.

Deadline reported in June 2015 that Marvel called for the case to be dismissed. They also wanted a change of venue, asking the court to move the case to New York if it was not immediately tossed.

“My brother Ben and I are thrilled that the judge, despite Marvel’s and Disney’s efforts to have the case thrown out, has recognized that we have a legitimate claim,” Ray Lai said in a statement through their attorney to The New York Post.

Marvel, Disney and Paramount didn’t comment on the decision.

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3. In 2002, MIT Apologized for Using ‘Radix’ Art to Win a $50 Million Grant

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Robert Downey Jr. plays Iron Man in the Marvel movies. (Getty)

According to Comic Vine, Radix only ran three issues, plus a special #0 preview, from December 2001 to April 2002. Despite the short run, it gained some notoriety in 2002, when MIT apologized for using an image from Radix to help win a $50 million research contract. MIT won the grant, and it helped them establish the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.

As USA Today reported in 2002, Ray and Ben Lai said they never gave MIT their permission to use the image.

“Everything MIT used, from the character, to the uniform, to the background and the helmet, was taken from the comic,” Ray Lai told USA Today in 2002. “We make our characters do extraordinary things like leap buildings and become invisible.”

MIT later said it regretted using the image, but were not aware that it came from a comic book.

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4. The Lai Brothers Say Marvel Knew About ‘Radix’ Because They Worked For Marvel

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The Lai brothers said that the notoriety they got in 2002, plus the fact that they worked for Marvel briefly, means that the comics giant was aware of Radix. In the lawsuit, the brothers claim that they “personally distributed Radix promotional materials” to “key personnel” at Marvel even before the MIT controversy.

Later, the brothers did some freelance work for Marvel. They drew several issues of Thor in 2003 with writer Dan Jurgens and worked with Tony Lee and Mark Millar on X-Men comics in 2003 and 2004. They also worked on an issue of G.I. Joe Battle Files in 2002.

The Lai brothers first entered the comic industry at CrossGen Comics, drawing the first issues of Sigil. Today, the CrossGen comics are owned by Disney and Marvel published a short-lived revival in 2011.

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5. The Plot of ‘Radix’ Was Nothing Like ‘Iron Man’

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The plot of Radix was nothing like Iron Man. According to the synopsis at Comic Vine, the series was set in a society where technological advancement is more important than the human factor.

The lead character, named Valerie Fiores, tries to break from that to learn about herself, her past and the world she lives in. At the same time, five of the six major cities on earth are destroyed by a mysterious force and the last city needs to be saved. The series was published in a partnership with Image Comics.

Since the plot of Radix and Iron Man are so dissimilar, the judge had to dismiss the majority of the Lai brothers’ claims.

“This is not a case where only non-copyrightable elements exist in the work, nor is it one where the Court can conclude, at this stage, that ‘no reasonable jury, properly instructed, could find that the two works are substantially similar’ based on their ‘total concept and overall feel,” the lawsuit reads.

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