Director Jon Watts has revealed what he believes is the only acceptable flaw in Spider-Man: Homecoming, citing the ferry scene having an unrealistic portrayal of the current operations of the Staten Island Ferry. The movie has finally swung into the theaters and so far it is proving to be worth all the wait and hype, earning a certified fresh Rotten Tomato score. It’s also doing very well in terms of box office, on track to rake in over $100 million in its opening weekend.
Initially debuting in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland has now fully dived into the bigger world of the MCU with his first standalone film. Despite all the talk about Homecoming nailing its coming-of-age tone mingled with some comic book-y tropes, though, Watts is the first to come out and share what he believes is the big thing they missed the mark in terms of its on-screen depiction.
In an interview with EW, the director has cited the Staten Island ferry action piece where they took the creative liberty to tweak some elements to make sure that the scene fits the movie’s narrative:
“The only real flaw is that [in our movie] there are cars on the ferry, and there haven’t been cars allowed since the ’90s. So I’ll declare that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they never had these rules.”
Fans are sure to be very forgiving of Watts’ point as Homecoming makes up for it with so much attention to detail on other aspects of the setting. The movie’s Queens looks and feels like it is the real New York; There’s graffiti-laden buildings (with name scribblers of Spider-Man comic book artists), the local bodega cat named Murph plus Queens-native rock band Ramones featuring in the movie’s soundtrack.
While Spider-Man may have joined the bigger MCU, Homecoming is arguably is the most contained film of the character thus far. The set pieces are very localized with the majority of the film grounded in Queens further driving the point of the wall-crawler being the “friendly neighborhood superhero.”
This will likely be carried over to the character’s next standalone film due in 2019 as it seems like Marvel is looking to have the ongoing trilogy all set in during Peter’s high school life; meaning after he finishes up saving the world in Avengers: Infinity War and its yet-to-be-titled sequel, he will eventually come back to proceed with life as a normal kid.