Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with Tom Holland in the title role, Marisa Tomei as his doting aunt May and Robert Downey Jr. as his patron, Tony Stark/Iron-Man, is out today.
“I wanted to make a high school movie — a coming-of-age movie. I never thought I would be making one of this scale,” director Jon Watts told us during set visit last year. “If you get to the original Spider-Man, he’s always been a regular kid. It wasn’t the superhero elements that drew me to it. It was the personal element.”
Area filming locations included Piedmont Park, the Georgia World Congress Center, the Porsche Cars North America facility south of downtown, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Buckhead and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale.
It’s the latest in a growing string of Marvel movies to film in Atlanta. Others include “Ant-Man,” “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2,” the upcoming “Black Panther” and “Captain America: Civil War,” the movie during which Holland debuted his role as Spider-Man.
“For me, ‘Civil War’ was so daunting and terrifying and it went so quickly,” Holland told us during the set visit. “It was very intimidating, being on set with these huge actors. To see people of that caliber have that much dedication was a real inspiration to me. I had so much fun. I whizzed through it.”
“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” on the other hand, puts him front and center and deals with teen drama in addition to all the superhero stuff.
“I think one of the reasons why Peter Parker is so popular is everyone has been through that. Everyone’s tried to talk to a girl, had to do homework,” he said. “I’ve been through all the things I’ve been through on-screen. Bringing him to life has been a real honor.”
Holland will be back in Atlanta this summer reprising his role for the two “Avengers” movies Marvel is filming here.