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Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers Had Just Three Days To Pitch Marvel

As far as last-minute assignments go, this one was especially sticky.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Spider-Man: Homecoming writers Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley said they only had three days to assemble a pitch for Marvel. The pair, best known for comedies like Horrible Bosses and 2015's Vacation, explained that the timeline left them very little room for worry.

"There was no time to be nervous really," Daley said. "We had such a ticking clock in getting this thing made and also in pitching it."

Turns out it was the down-to-earth qualities of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) that got them the gig. "I think it was the combination of the humor of it, along with the relatability, that we told a high school story that happened to have super powers," Goldstein said. "I think that's something everybody can relate to. Just because you get superpowers, doesn't mean you become an adult or sophisticated or can get the girl."

They also revealed that the Vulture (Michael Keaton) became the villain for similar reasons. "What we liked about the Vulture is he is very relatable in the sense that he doesn't have powers himself," Daly said. "He is a regular Joe who feels cheated by the system, and the fact that there are people out there who are reaping the reward of superherodom."

The duo also point to the John Hughes classic The Breakfast Club as inspiration for the characters at Parker's high school. "If you look at The Breakfast Club, [Hughes] took a lot of types and put them in the room and realized there are layers to them and there are reason for the way they are," Goldstein said. "There's much more than their clothes and typical treatment in these movies."

That's why the bully Flash Thompson (Tony Revolori) isn't just a dumb jock. "What always bummed me out was, who cares if the bully is physically intimidating?," Daley said. "You know Peter Parker could rip his limbs off. It's false stakes in a way. Why not just have an antagonistic rich kid? One who lords his wealth over Peter. Someone who has more confidence than Peter."

Clearly, audiences are responding positively to their choices. Homecoming brought in a whopping $15.4 million during Thursday night previews, and the movie is expected to make upwards of $210 million worldwide during its opening weekend alone.

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