The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, adding more superheroes to its roster with both solo films and blockbuster team-ups. The latest version of Spider-Man, played by the 20-year-old Tom Holland, recently debuted alongside his newfound MCU pals in Captain America: Civil War. The young actor made a positive first impression on fans and critics, and earned an enthusiastic endorsement from co-creator Stan Lee.
Marvel clearly isn’t afraid of juggling large casts of characters, and the list of actors joining the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to grow. Along with Robert Downey Jr. as Peter Parker’s mentor Tony Stark and Marisa Tomei as Peter’s aunt May, Michael Keaton stars as the film’s villain. The movie also features Zendaya, Donald Glover, Michael Barbieri, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Kenneth Choi, Martin Starr, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, and Logan Marshall-Green. Now two more roles have been added, likely to appear as characters at Peter’s school.
Joining the new Spidey adventure, Deadline reports, are actors Garcelle Beauvais and Tiffany Espensen. Beauvais is currently the co-host of entertainment news show Hollywood Today Live, and has appeared on TV shows Grimm, The Magicians, The Jamie Foxx Show, and NYPD Blue. Her big screen roles include White House Down and Wild Wild West. She was recently spotted in Spider-Man set photos, and looks to be playing a teacher. The 17-year-old Espensen, meanwhile, will likely join the cast as one of Peter’s classmates. Young TV viewers will recognize her from Disney XD’s Kirby Buckets and Nickelodeon’s Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.
The filmmakers have been describing Spider-Man: Homecoming as a “John Hughes” take on the webslinger. Director Jon Watts feels that the full story of Peter trying to juggle high school while being a superhero, a prominent theme in the comics, hasn’t been fully explored in the previous films. The ongoing addition of characters to Peter’s school certainly seems to indicate a good portion of the movie will be dedicated to the everyday life and struggles of a teenager.
It was already good news that the new Spidey film will thankfully not be dragging us through another origin story. Add a younger and hopefully more interesting Aunt May, an appearance by the always- entertaining Tony Stark, and creators with John Hughes aspirations in tackling the teenage drama, and this definitely sounds like a promising start to a successful Spider-Man reboot franchise.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.