Robert Downey Jr. has posted a funny new, Tony Stark-centric version of the now famous Spider-Man: Homecoming poster. One of the biggest points in Marvel and Sony’s agreement to bring the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character over into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was making sure that there were MCU characters and references included in whatever Spider-Man films were made. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise then that next month’s Spider-Man: Homecoming focuses so much on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker trying to find his place in a world where The Avengers exist and have been around already for several years before Peter got his powers.
Obviously, the biggest way that Marvel and Sony are illustrating that struggle for Peter is the inclusion of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man in the film. Building off of the mentor/protege relationship established briefly in Captain America: Civil War, the Homecoming follows the two characters continuing to work together, and even occasionally clash, as Peter fights to try to prove himself as being a worthy new addition to the Avengers lineup.
In anticipation of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s release date, Marvel released the final official trailer and poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming several weeks ago. To say that Photoshop artists had fun with the poster would be an understatement, and Robert Downey Jr. has shared one particular fan-made version of the Homecoming poster on his Facebook account, which imagines it not as a Spider-Man movie featuring Iron Man, but instead, the other way around:
In all of Marvel history, it’s hard to imagine a film poster that has received quite as much criticism from fans as the last poster released for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Criticized for having too many duplicate heads and random explosions throughout the design, the Homecoming poster was quickly subject to multiple different humorous parodies hitting the internet following its release. However, this version only further capitalizes on some of the complaints fans have had about Tony, possibly, playing too large of a role in the film.
But so far, it looks like Marvel and Sony have done a good job at connecting Spider-Man: Homecoming to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe without taking the narrative and story away from Peter Parker. Focusing on a much younger version of the character than any of the previous live-action Spider-Man films have, Homecoming promises to be a coming-of-age tale that many fans have likely been waiting years to see with this character. And if Tony Stark’s inclusion in the film only further elevates and accentuates those adolescent themes, then Marvel and Sony may have yet another critical smash success on their hands.