Now that Spider-Man‘s part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s clear that he’s going to become more and more important to the franchise going forward. After debuting in Captain America: Civil War and with his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming coming up, the wall-crawler will next team up with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. After that two-part extravaganza though, Spidey has his most important job yet – launching the next phase of the MCU.
Speaking to Io9, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige explained the role that the Homecoming sequel will play in the wider scheme of the cinematic universe. Apparently, it’ll guide the audience into what fans call Phase 4 of the MCU, with the movie dealing with the aftermath of Infinity War just as the first Spider-Man deals with the fallout of Civil War.
“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”
“It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?”
It sounds like there will be some interesting parallels between these first two MCU Spidey films. As we’ll see very soon, the first one will tackle Peter’s struggles to balance being part of New York’s superhero community with being a regular high schooler. Homecoming 2, then, will see Peter struggle to adjust to regular life after battling big purple alien tyrants in space.
Whatever form the sequel takes, the future looks bright for Spider-Man’s cinematic career. Early reviews on Homecoming are starting to come through and they’re very positive, with folks saying it’s the best Spidey movie since 2004’s Spider-Man 2 – which is very exciting to hear.
Fans will get to find out for themselves if that really is the case when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theatres on July 7th, before its sequel arrives on July 5th, 2019.