Marvel's The Spectacular Spider-Man is a 2019 live-action superhero movie produced by 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios based on the popular superhero by the same name as well as a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. It is the twenty-eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the final film of Phase 3, and therefore the Infinity Saga. It was released on July 14th 2019.
In August of 2017 after The Amazing Spider-Man had proven to be a critical and Box Office smash, Marvel Studios announced that a Spider-Man sequel was being fast tracked to be released in summer of 2019, directly after Avengers: Forever where it would cap off Phase 3. This decision caused concern amongst fans after the release of Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet in which Peter Parker dies during the climax of the film, believing that the confirmation of a Spider-Man film coming at the end of Phase 3 spoiled that he would be resurrected. Phil Lord and Chris Miller however went on record to appease these concerns by stating that the Spider-Man sequel would be a prequel to the events of Infinity Gauntlet and Forever, taking place a little over a year after The Amazing Spider-Man and dealing with Peter's High School graduation and summer break, before he was affected by Thanos or the snap.
Later that year the film's title was finally confirmed to be The Spectacular Spider-Man and that Damian Lewis' Norman Osborn would take on his comic book alter ego the Green Goblin, being the main villain as teased in the end credits of Amazing Spider-Man. Shortly after more villain announcements came in revealing Michael Mando to have also been cast as the Scorpion and Kevin Durand to be the Rhino. When the first trailer dropped in January of 2019 it was shown for the first time that Charlie Cox would be reprising his role as Daredevil from the R-Rated Netflix series by the same name to star alongside Spider-Man. Filming began and finished in mid 2019 and the Spectacular Spider-Man was released worldwide on July 14th 2019.
- Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
- Damian Lewis as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin
- Michael Mando as Donald Gargan/Scorpion
- Kevin Durand as Aleksei Sytsevich/Rhino
- Charlie Cox as Matthew "Matt" Murdock/Daredevil
- Halston Sage as Gwen Stacy
- Harrison Osterfield as Harry Osborn
- Marisa Tomei as May Parker
- J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson
- Zendaya Coleman as Liz Allan
- Kiefer Sutherland as Captain George Stacy
- Numan Acar as Bart Hamilton
- Michael Hogan as Spencer Smythe
- Remy Hii as Eugene "Flash" Thompson
- Whoopi Goldberg as Principal Kelly Cox
- Amy Hill as Camilla (Flashback)
- Elden Hanson as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson (Cameo)
- Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page (Cameo)
The film starts with Norman Osborn hanging a stick figure drawing made by Harry of the two of them on the fridge. Norman exaggeratedly telling his son how good it is before bending down and saying he knows how hard it's been losing his mother, but that he's so proud of him for staying strong. Harry hugs him and then leaves to go play. Norman starts relaxing until hearing someone come in, he thinks it's Harry but after turning around sees it's his maid, Camilla. She offers to come back another time but Norman insists she can tidy up in here, he doesn't mind. Camilla thanks him and starts to clean until letting out a feral growl and attacks Norman, almost killing him until he manages to stab Camilla in the chest with a kitchen knife a dozen times. "She" then falls to the ground and transforms into a hairless green alien man with pointed ears, who simply shapeshifted into Camilla. Osborn is horrified and about to call the police until stopping himself only to call Spencer Smythe instead, telling him to come to the Penthouse, alone.
The credits begin to role.
In the present day, Spider-Man is falling through the sky into New York City until webbing onto one of the buildings, swinging through Manhattan in his usual fashion. He then eventually stops by Midtown High where the class of 2018's Graduation Ceremony is commencing. There, Principal Kelly Cox announces to the audience that they'll all be hearing a few words from New York's very own Spider-Man! Peter then drops onto the stage and awkwardly tells all the graduates to follow their dreams and not do drugs. Principal Cox realizing how the speech is going cuts it short telling everyone to give it up for Spider-Man as the audience claps and Peter quickly disappears behind the curtain where his Mom is waiting for him, quickly helping as he changes into his Graduation gown. Gwen is then shown asking Harry where Peter is only to him to rush into his seat, insisting that there was a ton of traffic. Harry though claims he's right on time just as Principal Cox tells him to come up for his Valedictorian speech.
Harry takes out a script and starts reading from it until noticing his father's seat in the audience is empty, he never showed up to the Graduation. Seeing that Harry starts to ignore his script and instead speaks from his heart, saying that he knows that they're supposed to feel immortal once they leave High School but that they all need to remember that just like these four years life doesn't last forever. What makes it precious is that it ends, so don't live your life for anyone else, no matter who they are, or who you think they might mean to you. Because in the end you're the only one who can makes yours count, and even if you fail, what better way is there to live.