Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts isn’t sure if he’ll be back for the film’s sequel, but star Tom Holland is more confident. For both Holland and Watts, Homecoming is something of a trial by fire. While they’ve both had projects in the past, Holland’s biggest turn to date was as Peter Parker in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Watts, meanwhile, has only directed two features — the horror film Clown and the dark indie Cop Car, which landed him the gig at Marvel. Knowing all of that, the early reports of the film pegged it as a potentially risky prospect. Luckily, that’s all changed.
With reviews pouring in, Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Estimates have the movie set for a massive global opening thanks to the positive buzz, the wall crawler’s name recognition, and the inclusion of Iron Man. All of this has led many to believe that Marvel is not only pleased with Watts, but would love to have him back for the sequel in 2019. Of course, the ink hasn’t dried on that deal yet.
EW spoke with Watts about Spider-Man: Homecoming and whether the director would be returning for the sequel. And though he may be playing coy, his stance right now is that he’s playing things by ear.
“For me it’s one movie at a time. I can’t wait to see Infinity War because I know what they’re doing but I don’t know the specifics. I feel like with Tom and with Spider-Man in this Marvel universe we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do.”
While fans may be bummed to hear Watts isn’t already locked in for the sequel, he’s still likely to return. After all, he practically begged for the job. It’s rare for Marvel to announce the return of a director until the film in question has premiered, likely in case it bombs and both parties want to reassess. And though Watts may be unsure if he’s coming back, Holland isn’t.
“[Watts] is coming back for the next one. We can’t do another Spider-Man movie without Jon Watts.”
Likely, we’ll hear sometime this weekend or next week that Watts will be back. After all, the 2019 release date means things will have to get going on the next film before to long. Not to mention, Watts has already teased some of his ideas for the sequel.
Holland, meanwhile, wants to continue the evolution of Peter as a young adult, something Watts seems to have nailed so far according to critics. With Spider-Man: Homecoming hitting theaters this weekend, we should know a lot more about the franchise’s future soon.
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