Back in April, it was confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. would return as Tony Stark in a supporting role in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. After seeing the chemistry between Tony and Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, it gave us even more reason to get excited for the film, especially to see how their mentor/mentee relationship continues on screen. Earlier this month, we were teased that Homecoming would have even more ties to the world of Tony Stark when it was also announced that Jon Favreau would reprise his role as Happy Hogan in the film. Now, thanks to a Reddit user, the film may incorporate yet another element from Iron Man’s world: the Stark Expo:
The last time we saw the Stark Expo, it was held during the events of Iron Man 2 back in 2010 in New York City. However, this wasn’t the first Stark Expo the MCU has seen; the first Expo that we know of was held back during World War II during the events of Captain America: the First Avenger, and we caught glimpses of Howard Stark at the 1973 Expo through retro footage also seen in Iron Man 2. According to the date on the flyers seen on the set of Homecoming, this latest Expo will be held in 2018, and this could mean a couple of different things regarding the events of the film.
MCU films, generally speaking, take place in real time, so this could signify that Tony is in the Big Apple prepping for the event, and this could be where he runs into Peter again. This isn’t as likely, though, seeing as how Stark now oversees the New Avengers Facility in upstate New York, so he’s usually in town. However, it wouldn’t be unrealistic for the film to be set in 2018, and Peter could actually be attending the event in the film, either to present a project or invention, or he could be attending with a group of classmates on a field trip. At this point, it’s hard to say or certain, but it will be exciting to see the film tie into the world of Tony Stark/Iron Man in more ways than one.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.