For the third time in 15 years, Peter Parker’s origin story will light up theaters the world over when Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in July – but this time, it’s different. Having reached an agreement with Sony and following a cracking debut in Civil War, Marvel is now ready to launch a Spidey solo movie of its own, one in which Tom Holland will take point as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man following stints by Tobey Maguire and, later, Andrew Garfield.
Truth be told, Garfield’s spell in the suit ended with a whimper, though Sony is still exploring the Web-Head’s vault of villains (see: Venom). Marvel, on the other hand, is pushing full steam ahead with its own cinematic universe, and Anthony Mackie told Screen Geek just recently that Holland has the potential to become the “best Spider-Man yet.”
When quizzed about his Civil War co-star in the build-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming, the actor heaped praise on Tom Holland, stating that, “I think he’s going to be a kick-ass Spider-Man. I think he’s going to be the best Spider-Man yet.”
High praise indeed for the up-and-coming actor, whose on-screen chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. (underoos!) proved to be one of the many highlights of Captain America: Civil War. That ‘cool uncle’ dynamic will continue through the release of Homecoming this July, and though Mackie is naturally biased towards Tom Holland, it’ll be fascinating to see whether fans agree with the actor’s endorsement in a few months’ time.
Currently undergoing reshoots in Atlanta – reshoots that purportedly involve Laura Harrier, Tom Holland and Zendaya – Spider-Man: Homecoming is on course for a July 7th release. It’s the second of three Marvel movies due to arrive in 2017, and will be bookended by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5th) and Taika Waititi’s spacefaring threequel, Thor: Ragnarok (November 3rd).