Ahead of its theatrical release next month, anticipation is building for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland stars as high school student Peter Parker, who embraces his not-so-secret identity as Spider-Man, gains a mentor in Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), starts solving crimes, spins his own webs, flies through New York City and its environs, probably worries his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) and must deal with the villainous Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Whew! That’s a lot to cover in just one movie and we haven’t even mentioned Peter’s high school friends, including Ned (Jacob Batalon), Liz Allan (Laura Harrier) and Michelle (Zendaya). We expect some of the characters to be introduced only briefly, which will allow more stories to be told in the Spider-Man universe.
Indeed, a sequel to the movie has already been scheduled for release on July 5, 2019. Earlier this year, however, it was suggested that the collaboration between Sony Pictures and Marvel might come to a conclusion with that sequel. Would that mean the conclusion of this new iteration of Spider-Man as well?
Via The Wrap, Holland now says: “There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man especially to grow in the next two movies. … “[Spider-Man is] definitely not the finished article by the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and I really look forward to exploring the different ways he can grow up and go through puberty I guess. It’s going to be an exciting couple of movies… Yeah, there’ll be Spider-Man 2 and 3. It won’t be Homecoming 2 and 3.”
To be sure, that doesn’t answer the question that was raised about the collaboration between Sony and Marvel. If that ends, then we won’t be seeing characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe [MCU], such as Iron Man and Captain America, appearing in future Spider-Man installments. But at least we know that more Spider-Man movies are coming.
The first sequel, however, will not feature the villainous Venom. Per Slashfilm, Marvel head Kevin Feige says: “No plans to include [Venom] in the MCU right now. That is Sony’s project.” While that’s disappointing, especially for die-hard fans, it’s not terribly surprising. Sony has already announced its own, stand-alone Venom, slated for release on October 5, 2018 and starring Tom Hardy. Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) will direct.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will open in theaters on July 7.