Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first MCU Spidey film, isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until next July. This hasn’t stopped Marvel and Sony from starting to brainstorm what they want to do next. Even now they are having conversations of what the next steps in the franchise will look like, according to a recent tidbit from an interview with star Tom Holland.
My next project, I can’t tell you about, but we’ve just finished ‘Spider-Man’ and we’re talking about the second one and who the villain is going to be and where we’re going.
This may seem like a somewhat unimportant detail, but several aspects of this quote are interesting. The first is the outright confidence Marvel has in the franchise. Remember that many of their properties did not receive a sequel green light until after the film debuted. It appeared that Ant-Man‘s sequel was totally dependent on box office take. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a rare exception, but even that announcement only happened a month or two before the release of the original. Now Spider-Man is a much bigger property and a sequel seems obvious. One should remember, however, that Hulk is a major property as well and fans of the green goliath are still asking for another solo movie.
Second, this gives fans a hint about what Phase 4 will look like. Marvel has already staked out three dates for 2020. A second MCU Spider-Man is a common candidate for a first film to make that year’s schedule. The logic for that speculation is good. Sony only makes money off of Spider-Man when he is in a solo feature. Their agreement with Marvel Studios stipulates that profits from his appearances in other MCU properties stay at Disney. So continuing Peter Parker’s story in a film like Avengers: Infinity War does Sony little good financially. They will be pushing Marvel hard for a film in their franchise at least every three years, given their previous hopes to build a universe with annual films and biannual Spider-Man features. So, the idea that the earliest stages of pre-production for a summer 2020 release is happening is a good bet. Also, the creative team has talked about their high school focus or a year by year progression a la Harry Potter. If that is the plan, they have to make the movies fast before the actors obviously age out of such a movie.
Finally, this quote also might be a clue that Spider-Man will appear in Infinity War. That’s hardly a surprise, but it also hasn’t been confirmed. This is likely why Holland is being cagey about his “next project.” It certainly makes sense that he goes from talking about a new mystery project to immediate conversations about the next Spider-Man. With the next Avengers films imminently filming back to back, it’s likely that will take up much of professional life for the next year. That’s reading between the lines, but if he has a major secret project next that isn’t Infinity War then we can assume he won’t be in that movie, which seems unfathomable. Marvel definitely wants their biggest character in their biggest film.
While the quote says nothing about what villains they are considering, we can talk about it in the comments! Who would you like to see next up in a Spider-Man movie? Do you want to see a previously used villain like Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus? Or do you want them to continue to go into new territory, like Kraven the Hunter or Chameleon? Share your thoughts below.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters on July 7, 2017, starring Holland, Michael Keaton, Marissa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.