One of the most exciting aspects of Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the opportunity to explore Peter Parker’s life as both a superhero and a high school student, something that neither of the previous Spider-Man franchises spent much time on. Spider-Man: Homecoming will showcase Peter’s struggles in high school, something completely different from the other superheroes in the MCU. When speaking to MTV, Tom Holland confirmed that Spidey will stay in high school for a while, even beyond the untitled Homecoming sequel announced for 2019. The plan, according to Holland, is to take some cues from another successful franchise that followed its characters’ progression through high school: Harry Potter.
“I think the Harry Potter movies are a perfect example, they worked so well. I’m such a huge fan, as are billions of people, so why not follow that perfect formula? And I think we can do something really exciting with that.”
This should be music to the ears of fans who want to watch a young Spidey grow up. While Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both embodied some aspects of Peter Parker, they were also in their late 20s or early 30s while playing the character, so watching Spider-Man “grow up” wasn’t really an option. If Peter is 15 years old in Captain America: Civil War, he won’t graduate from the Midtown School of Science and Technology until 2019 or 2020. If the movies take place in real-time, that only lets Peter stay in high school for two solo movies (plus Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel). However, as we’ve seen with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 occurring only six months after the first film, it’s entirely possible that Marvel and Sony will tweak the timeline a bit to keep in high school a little longer, or follow him as he enters college.
MTV also asked Holland if he could provide any updates from Avengers: Infinity War, but he kept quiet by claiming ignorance, saying Marvel and Sony don’t trust him enough to tell him anything:
“I’m very bad at keeping secrets, especially when it comes to movies, I have three people looking at me right now, saying ‘stop talking dude’.”
Just like the real Spider-Man, Tom has definitely run his mouth at the wrong time in the past, so Sony keeping him on a tighter leash than the other actors seems entirely fitting.
What do you think about Spider-Man staying in high school for his next few movies? Would you rather the sequels take place in real time and follow him throughout college, or should Marvel and Sony work some magic to keep Peter from graduating for a few extra years? Sound off in the comments below!