Director Jon Watts says he’s probably returning to direct the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Despite being the third Spider-Man film released in the last five years, the hype surrounding Spider-Man: Homecoming is considerably high at this point. While that’s no doubt thanks to the fact that Tom Holland’s introduction as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War last year was so well-received either, it also has to do with the film’s marketing and trailers up until this point. With a comedic, coming-of-age story tone and premise, the film looks to be the kind of Spider-Man film that genuinely hasn’t been seen on the big screen up until this point.
All of that is, of course, thanks to the guiding hands of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios behind the scenes, and the early executive decision to cast everyone in the film as close to high school ages as possible. But that’s also a result of director Jon Watts’ work at the helm of Homecoming, which is just the latest blockbuster film to pluck an originally independent filmmaker from obscurity and give them the chance at bringing a beloved character like Spider-Man to life on the big screen.
During a recent interview with Collider about the film as well, Watts was asked about whether or not he’ll be returning to direct the already-announced Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. And while he was careful not to say anything concrete before the movie comes out, he did hint at the likelihood of it happening:
“I don’t like talking about anything until the movie comes out… [But] yeah I think I’m signed for two movies.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal seemed much more open about expressing their enthusiasm towards his return:
KEVIN FEIGE: Certainly that’s the intention for sure.
AMY PASCAL: He knocked it out of the park. We would be crazy [not to]. He did a wonderful job and the whole atmosphere of the movie, all the things that people like about it are the things he brought to it. He’s really special.
Now, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering that Marvel Studios usually tends to stick with the same filmmakers for as long as they can on these kinds of franchises. It doesn’t hurt either that the early reactions to Spider-Man: Homecoming have been overwhelmingly positive up until this point, which just further proves Watts’ hiring at the helm of the film as being a worthwhile endeavor on the parts of Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal, and everyone else involved in producing the film.
With the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel already in heavy development at this point too, with writing on it set to begin within the next several weeks, Marvel likely has already had a plan in place for the sequel for quite some time now. So while no official announcement or confirmation has been made, fans could likely bet on Watts returning for the sequel with a fair amount of confidence as of right now, especially as the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to say goodbye to a number of characters and filmmakers over the next two years.
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