The marketing for Spider-Man: Homecoming included two specific sequences which did not ultimately make the final cut of the film which is being released worldwide this week.
One scene saw the villainous Vulture played by Michael Keaton coming down through a hotel atrium. The other sees Iron Man and Spider-Man flying and swinging through New York City. Neither of the clips were ever going to be in the theatrical release of Spider-Man: Homecoming according to director Jon Watts.
“The hotel atrium shot was originally created for Comic-Con, for like a sizzle reel before we had really shot anything; we had shot like two weeks of footage or something,” Watts told ScreenCrush. “That was never meant to be in the movie. But I did use that angle for Vulture’s reveal at the beginning of the movie; Vulture’s hovering, swooping towards the camera like that. I used that shot, it’s just no longer in an Atlanta hotel atrium.”
“And then shot of [Spider-Man and Iron Man] together in Queens, that was never in the movie,” the director added.
As it turns out, these clips were created strictly for marketing purposes. “I think what happened was in the very first trailer they wanted a shot of Spider-Man and Iron Man flying together,” Watts said. “And they were going to use something from the Staten Island Ferry [scene], but it just didn’t look that great — the background plate, because the Staten Island terminal is a very simple building. It almost looks like an unrendered 3D object. So I think I was like “Let’s just put them in Queens. Let’s use that as a backdrop.” Because we couldn’t just create a whole new shot, so let’s just use one of these shots of the subway; put them in there.”
“I feel a little weird that there’s a shot in the trailer that’s not in the movie at all, but it’s a cool shot. It’s funny, I forgot that we did that.”