The web-slinger returns in Spider-Man: Homecoming


During the exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’, GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque screens all the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017. This is a great opportunity to see Spider-Man, then the exhibition to view the original comic book Amazing Fantasy 1962 #15 on loan from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Published today 55 years ago on 10 August 1962 it is the first appearance of the web-slinger. Read on to get your Spidey fix.

‘So, to become an Avenger, are there, like, trials, or an interview?’
‘Just don’t do anything I would do. And definitely don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. There’s a little grey area in there, and that’s where you operate.’

Peter Parker and Tony Stark

Following an agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony which allows Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, Tom Holland debuted as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, and director Jon Watts went on to helm the reboot featuring the web-slinger in his youngest big-screen incarnation to date.

Parker is growing up in New York, in a world where the Avengers are celebrities. Following his audition with Team Iron Man during Civil War’s airport confrontation in Germany, he returns home to Queens and tries to focus on his studies, but villainy is never far away. Spidey goes up against Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine), while Marisa Tomei reprises her Civil War cameo as Aunt May. Tony Stark also appears to mentor young Parker, whose schoolmates are played by Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori.


Amazing Fantasy 1962 #15 / Comic book / Published 10 August 1962 / © 2017 MARVEL

Presented in the exhibition is the first appearance of Spider-Man, a co-creation of writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, the team who would go on to create the highly popular Doctor Strange, a character first seen in Strange Tales 1963 #110. Considered a national treasure, this original Spider-Man artwork is one of 11 pages held in Washington DC’s Library of Congress.  The full series of original artwork is shown alongside as a digital presentation.

Amazing Fantasy 1962 #15 / Published August 1962 / Drawing on layered paper board: ink, opaque white and overlay over graphite underdrawing; 1a of 11 drawings; digital documentation of 11 drawings / Collection: Prints and Photographs Division, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Go behind the scenes to experience more than 500 unique objects seen in your favourite films which offer a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre‑visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, and visual effects artists alongside the original comic books which introduced the characters and influenced the films.

Wayne Nichols / Homage to Spider-Man 2017 / Ink wall-drawing / Courtesy: The artist


Purchase tickets for ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe‘ online or the ticket desk 10.00am-4.00pm daily, and until 8.00pm Wednesday. ‘Marvel’ film screenings and ‘Marvel’ Up Late are separate ticketed events.

Film notes by Dan Cameron
Feature image: Film still from Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017 / © 2017 MARVEL