Hormones, acne, oh, and spider-webs are all apart of puberty for a young Peter Parker. The teenager from Queens experiences all of your typical boyhood things: crushes on girls, getting distracted in class, and feeling out of place. These coming-of-age moments were all likely kept in mind when selecting the song for the latest Marvel superhero trailer. The non-diegetic track plays once Peter opens his school locker, and stops when he crawls his room's ceiling in his suit, as if documenting his transition from student to super. So, what song plays in the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer? You've probably heard it before.
The electropop song is "Time To Pretend" by MGMT. The song is a throwback, released in 2007, from the album Oracular Spectacular. It's appropriate that the song choice goes back in time, as we too backtrack into Spider-Man's adolescence. The track speaks to a fantasy of living a rockstar life, which is highly relatable to Peter's yearning to be a superhero. A few lyrics from the song read as follows:
"This is our decision to live fast and die young. We've got the vision, now let's have some fun. Yeah it's overwhelming, but what else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute? Forget about our mothers and our friends. We were fated to pretend."
Like the song, Peter is "fated to pretend" to be a normal kid. The song mimics the Queens kid's frustration with having to lead an ordinary life until he comes of age. Peter suffers from testosterone, teenage angst, and the knowledge that he is destined for greatness, so you can't blame the guy for feeling a little restless. Young Spidey gets to chill with Iron Man at night, and then glues himself back to a high school desk during the day; teetering back and forth from super to average must come with some unsettling side-effects.
"Listen, I know school sucks," Tony Stark sympathizes with his protégé. "I know you want to save the world, but you're not ready yet." It's hard being patient, but Peter has to work through the awkward, in-between stage of being a Spider-Boy before he can become the Spider-Man the Avengers, and the world needs.
Watch the trailer above to revisit one of your favorite comics, and everyone's most detested setting: high school.