The Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise embraced bio research to establish its universe, sourcing the powers of Spider-Man and all of his villains from experiments at Oscorp Biological Lab. For Tom Holland’s Peter Parker and the new Spider-Man rebooted within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s tech-based, offering a notable difference from previous iterations of the character and an appropriate connection to Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man.
It was Iron Man after all that launched the MCU and it’s Iron Man who recruited and suited up Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War. For this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Iron Man and several of his supporting characters (Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts) are back as well, along with Parker’s Stark Tech suit – at least, for part of the movie.
As revealed in the latest Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, Parker loses the Civil War suit at one point during the film, but when he has it, there’s much to learn about its features and abilities – many of which are locked away behind a “Training Wheels” protocol. Once the suit is unlocked, one of features of the costume is a built-in JARVIS-like assistant, something Tony Stark uses in his lab and Iron Man suits. We asked Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll about this when we visited the set last August and as he walked us through some of the concept art and story beats.
This suit DOES NOT have built-in AI
Once those training wheels come off, as it were, so it sort of sounds like JARVIS. Will he have a voice inside, like literally?
Eric Carroll: He does. He does. Which surprises him, because he doesn’t until Tony deactivates that… deactivates the [Training Wheels] protocol. So the suit starts doing a bunch of stuff. You know, it does a holographic interface, and things like that. But probably most notably, it starts talking to him, and he goes, ‘Oh, this is weird.’ And he starts asking it stuff, but he’s not super slick or Tony Stark smart, who invented the OS and did all this. He’s a kid. So he’s like, ‘Um, how do I get to where that thing is?’ And it’s like, ‘Um, I don’t know. Pretty much drive? How are you going to get there?’ And he’s like, ‘Um, if I didn’t have a car, let’s just say, how would I get there?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, if you walk…’ And he’s like, ‘No, OK, alright… I guess just give me directions and I’ll figure out the HOW I’m getting there.’
Who is the voice of his JARVIS?
Eric Carroll: We don’t know yet. Uncast, no. Well, sort of. But not official.
So, expect a new voice to show up during the film as well, potentially by someone of note since it’s being held secret and could be someone who could return in future movies. As for the OG JARVIS, he’s of course evolved into his own form, Vision, since the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will appear alongside Spidey in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
As for the Stark suit, some of the other things it does includes the hologram interface which allows its user to control the types of projects the web-shooters can launch; special vision modes, built-in suit lights/glow, a recon drone that launches from the Spider-Man symbol on the chest piece, and more!
KEY RELEASE DATES
Spider-Man: Homecoming release date: Jul 7, 2017
The Avengers: Infinity War release date: May 4, 2018