1:45 am EDT, April 13, 2016

Sony serves up ‘Spider-Man’ title, ‘Civil War’ clip, ‘Passengers’ trailer, and more at CinemaCon

Sony’s presentation at CinemaCon on Tuesday offered up some of the biggest news, surprises, and previews at the convention so far.

Perhaps most noteworthy: New Spider-Man actor Tom Holland dropped in at the very end of the Sony CinemaCon presentation to announce that the first Spider-Man movie, hitting theaters July 2017, is officially titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. Adding to the surprise, Holland was at the Hollywood premiere of Captain America: Civil War only three hours before appearing live in Las Vegas. Sony had taped him saying “hello” from the Hollywood premiere to trick presentation attendees into thinking that he couldn’t make it to Vegas in time, only to have him walk out on stage a few moments later once the video call encountered technical difficulties. Check out the logo below:


“It really is a homecoming for the character because throughout the story Peter is trying to find his true identity and where he belongs in the world,” Holland said of Homecoming.

Holland also brought with him a clip of Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters May 6. The scene depicts Peter coming home from school and finding Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) with Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) in their apartment, sitting at a coffee table and enjoying some tea. Tony tells a surprised Peter that the grant he recently applied for has been quickly approved (Thing is… Peter didn’t apply for a grant). While we haven’t seen Civil War yet, presumably this is how Tony begins talking Peter into joining Team Iron Man. Though the clip was short, Tom Holland pulled off Peter Parker beautifully in this scene, so we can’t wait to see more of him in the Captain America threequel.

While quipping with Holland on stage, Sony’s Tom Rothman hinted that it’ll take Peter Parker three Spider-Man movies for the character to find his place in the world. After Homecoming is… Spider-Man: Prom? (Just a guess.)


Holland with Paul Bettany in Hollywood, roughly three hours before appearing at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

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Another big moment at Sony’s CinemaCon presentation was a first look at Passengers starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The two stars were on-hand to chum it up on stage, proving that they have great chemistry with one another. Passengers is a space tale in which their two characters are on a 120-year journey to a distant planet, but a big problem occurs when their characters wake up 30 years into the trip. The thousands of others on board are still asleep, meaning Aurora and Jim are the only two conscious humans.

JLaw’s character is a writer from New York City who wants to write about her time on the colony planet, while Chris Pratt’s character is a mechanic whose skills are no longer needed on earth. Based on one shot in which Jennifer Lawrence jumps on a table and crawls toward Chris Pratt, it looks like they’ll be having sex. Dreams do come true!

One of the more questionable films put on display Tuesday night was The Emoji Movie, hitting theaters next year. The premise: The emojis are alive inside your phone, and live in the texting app. During the movie they’ll be traveling to other apps (including Facebook’s) via the three-dimensional home screen, or what they’re calling Wallpaper World. We got a Wreck-It Ralph vibe from the preview and don’t expect this one to be very good, though Sony describes it as “very emotional” and “a powerful movie about self expression.”

Elsewhere during the presentation, Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Kristen Wiig shared new footage from Ghostbusters in which the ladies see their first ghost. Later, Sony revealed that the Men in Black / 21 Jump Street crossover will simply be titled MIB 23.

All in all, it was an exciting night from Sony. On Wednesday we’ll see presentations from Disney and Paramount.

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