Meaghan Kirby
June 29, 2017 1:47 pm

If you’re familiar with the previous Spider-Man reboots — and, frankly, teen movies in general — there’s one thing that stands out in  Spider-Man: Homecoming: there are no jocks. Teen films are *famous* for their social hierarchies, and the previous Spider-Man films — with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield playing the titular teen superhero — were no different, with the character of Flash Thompson serving as the classic bullying jock.

That’s where Homecoming steps in. This movie is much different — not specifically because of the lack of jocks — but because it spends less time trying to manufacture the “typical” teen movie high school experience and more time embracing the nerdy lives of Peter Parker and his friends.

During a recent press conference in New York City, Jacob Batalon, who plays Peter’s best friend Ned, opened up about the importance of staying true to yourself and embracing the nerdy-ness.

Laura Harrier, who plays Liz, the senior Academic Decathlon captain (and Peter Parker’s love interest), added that the film was deliberate in allowing each character to have unapologetic quirks and interests.

Even Spider-Man: Homecoming’s high school bully, Flash Thompson saw the “jock vs. nerd” trope finally retired, with Flash being portrayed as an academically-insecure, wealthy classmate of Peter’s who uses his jealousy as a way to mock and make fun of Peter. This newly updated Flash kept the sprit of the iconic “bully” alive without feeling compelled to stick with a tired storyline.

It seems that Spider-Man: Homecoming pulled out all the stops to embrace nerdy-ness. We love how much thought was put into the film because it truly is a film for nerds — actually, TBH, it’s a film for everyone.

Nerd or not, you can check out Spider-Man: Homecoming when it hits theaters on July 7th!

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