From the start of the project, Spider-Man: Homecoming put a heavy emphasis on the fact it was an MCU film with Iron Man appearing. (For a great breakdown of the marketing work, check out our feature here.) But now that concept art from the film is making its way onto the internet, we know that Tony Stark was not the only Avenger considered for the film. Check out the images below.
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The possibility of including Vision and War Machine is really common sense. They make up the core of Tony’s Fascist Avengers…er…I mean Avengers. (I’m still Team Cap.) They’d be who you would expect to come to save the day, with Cap, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Winter Soldier all on the run. Also, this confirms what we always expected, that War Machine’s paralysis wouldn’t slow down his superhero-ing much in the minds of the writers at Marvel Studios. In a way that is a reasonable plot element in a world where Iron Man suits exist, but it also kind of cheapens the stakes of Captain America: Civil War. Not only was no one killed, the one injury casualty has been healed by technology pretty quickly.
The most interesting question may be why Marvel and Sony decided not to include the two characters. Maybe they just wanted to keep costs down and didn’t want to pay Paul Bettany and Don Cheadle to cameo. Then again, many feared that Stark would overshadow Spidey too much in this movie. So the decision might be a rare case in which Sony decided less was more. Either way, it seems to be the right choice. Throwing in characters just for the sake of throwing them in can cheapen a good cameo. Falcon’s appearance in Ant-Man was a perfect example of how you do a cameo with purpose. It needs to be the right character with the right motivations and reasons for existing in the script. Throwing in someone just because they have powers isn’t enough.
What do you think? Would you have liked more Avengers? Or was less more in this case? Share your thoughts in the comments below.