For the first time on the big screen, a Spider-Man solo movie is finally going to get the chance to interact with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony and Marvel Studios have come together to make this happen, and gave fans a brief look at how this partnership would work in Captain America: Civil War. With Tom Holland now known as the new cinematic Spider-Man, excitement is high for his solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, hitting theaters in just a few months.
So far, the marketing has not been shy at making it clear that this movie takes place within the MCU continuity. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been featured heavily in the marketing – which has been somewhat divisive amongst fans – but the second Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer also featured a brief Captain America cameo. Previous MCU connections like Howard Stark’s portrait in the halls of Peter’s school or Bruce Banner’s photo hanging in classrooms have continued to get this point across, but these won’t be the only familiar faces appearing.
LaineyGossip is reporting they’ve heard that Gwyneth Paltrow will make her return as Pepper Potts in Homecoming, marking her first appearance in the MCU since Iron Man 3 in 2013. The reason for her return this time around is actually thanks to Sony, as their willingness to spend on talent included paying Paltrow to return as her contract had expired.
Pepper’s return may come as a surprise to many as Civil War just introduced the idea that Pepper and Tony were on a break. Tony explained their time apart was due to all the areas he puts attention on not allowing him to be the man Pepper deserves. However, with the Avengers much smaller, a renewed focus in cleaning up after himself by introducing Damage Control, and mentoring Peter could all help his outlook and free him up to focus on their relationship.
There has so far been no mention or sight of Pepper in the trailers, so this should be treated as merely a rumor for now. However, as this is the same source that reported she would miss out on Civil War, it seems likely to be true. If it is, this will be the latest example of Sony integrating the MCU into Homecoming. Outside of the aforementioned connections, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) is also returning to aid Tony and Peter. He could be the link that brings the formerly estranged lovers back together depending on his status within Stark Industries at this point, but even if that is not the case, it looks as though Pepper will return in some form.