Earlier this year, fans of Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe got to witness something they never thought they would see. After two attempts to launch Spider-Man franchises at Sony, the studio decided to accept Marvel Studios’ offer to help and bring the beloved character into their blossoming universe. There may have been some initial fear that the two competing studios could not work well together and this move could harm the MCU as a whole, but instead, Spidey was welcomed with open arms in Captain America: Civil War. His fun spirit and one liners added some levity to an overall serious tone, and now that he is getting his own film, we can expect more of that in the future.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is only a few weeks into production and yet there is plenty of excitement for the movie that is just under a year away from release. Even though this single movie is just beginning, both studios are hoping this develops into an ongoing franchise with spin-off solo films coming as a result for Venom and others. Should Homecoming do as good as we all hope, a sequel will not be far off. In an interview with Collider, they asked Kevin Feige what the direction of a sequel would be and he says they are taking inspiration from Harry Potter in terms of keeping him in school for as long as they can.
Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.
It is certainly early to be talking about sequels for a film this early into production, but it is unlikely a scenario plays out where Homecoming is both a financial and critical bomb that makes a sequel impossible to make. A big reason why this is unlikely is Marvel’s track record with their films, but also how well the character was received in Civil War. In a movie packed with characters we already loved, he stood out arguably the most, and in a good way. This was always the way Marvel wanted it to go and are hoping to repeat this process next year.
The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.
As far as the upcoming first film for Spider-Man and friends, we finally got confirmation that Vulture would be the villain in the movie, and even got a look at the early concept art for his suit. Instead of sticking with his traditional look, similar to what they did with Falcon, he has received a technological upgrade. This look fits much better into the way the MCU has been established to be, and allows them to create a new look for the character that makes him stand out.
That had been done in I think every prior Spider-Man film. Part of the fun of joining the cinematic universe, joining a world in which he now knows Tony Stark personally, has received a suit full of many things we haven’t seen yet that Stark Industries has supplied, it made sense to—cause that’s sort of the Marvel Cinematic Universe grounded nature is it is much more technologically based. In a world where Falcon flies around with a beautiful set of wings, it made sense that we had Vulture have technical origins.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit theaters July 7, 2017.