The summer movie season’s in full swing, pardon the pun, with “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” opening in some theaters Thursday night and in widespread release Friday. Here are five things to know before you go.
1. The project gave a boost to our bottom line. Set in New York with some scenes in Washington and on the ocean, it was filmed mostly in Atlanta, from June 20 to Sept. 21, 2016. The Georgia Department of Economic Development tallied up all the nights the cast and crew stayed in hotels, condos and other lodging (9,157), the number of local cast members and extras hired (4,028), the local crew members hired (286), security personnel (33) and off-duty cops and firefighters employed (942), along with the amount spent on catering and meals (nearly $1.1 million), the tab for hardware and lumber ($7.6 million) and the price tag for camera equipment and electric gear (more than $8 million) to arrive at an estimated economic impact of more than $66 million.
2. You can spot Atlanta if you try, but you probably won’t feel like it. Area filming locations included Piedmont Park, the Georgia World Congress Center, the Porsche Cars North America facility south of downtown, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Buckhead and the Hindu Temple of Atlanta in Riverdale. The fast-paced movie won’t leave a lot of time to scour the screen for local landmarks, though. A fun fact if you’re just into movie trivia: A deli scene was filmed on Mitchell Street near Ted Turner Drive, a stone’s throw from Mercedes-Benz Stadium and just down the block from where Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” filmed a major explosion scene.
3. Tom Holland stayed plenty busy playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but in his scant free time, he visited patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “It was the most incredible day of making this movie,” Holland said during an interview when we visited the set last fall. “It was lovely to see the kids, to make them happy and make them smile.” Added Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter Parker’s buddy Ned Leeds: “It was really adorable. Tom was in the suit and they were really enamored.”
4. Speaking of Batalon, this is his first major movie. He gets plenty of screen time and impressed the Marvel folks so much he’s coming back for an as-yet-unnamed Spidey sequel. Prior to this, his imdb page listed one credit, in a 2016 movie called “North Woods,” which had a $4,000 budget.
5. Director Jon Watts wanted to make a teen movie as much as he wanted to make a superhero movie. “I wanted to make a high school movie — a coming-of-age movie. I never thought I would be making one of this scale,” he told us during the set visit. “If you get to the original Spider-Man, he’s always been a regular kid. It wasn’t the superhero elements that drew me to it. It was the personal element.”