After Tom Holland’s Peter Parker made his film debut in Captain America: Civil War, fans went crazy for the brand new Marvel Cinematic Universe version of our friendly neighborhood crime fighter. Holland received a considerable amount of praise (even from Stan Lee) for his portrayal of Spidey that the newcomer better be prepared for the long haul, because he has quite a few Marvel films in his future, including his own solo outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Thanks to the property “sharing” deal made between Sony Studio’s and Marvel, fans will see a lot more of high-school aged Holland’s webslinger in next phases of the MCU. In fact, the head of Sony studios even said that the revival wouldn’t even be possible if Marvel didn’t have full creative control.
In an interview with Collider at Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego, Marvel boss Kevin Feige discussed his step-by-step process and how sequels to Spider-Man: Homecoming would work with Peter still in high school:
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.”
Feige went on to explain how he is taking a cue concerning sequels from another iconic franchise with school-aged characters, Harry Potter:
“Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
This is a completely different direction and method than the previous Spider-Man films, which has already proven to be successful by the Harry Potter franchise. If each Spider-Man sequel begins with a new school year, fans would get to follow alongside Peter Parker as he matures and experiences all the good things and bad things that high school has to offer. Of course, all of this would be happening as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is training Spidey to sling around on the side.
As always, before any sequels get the green light, the studio has to see what the reaction is like from Spider-Man: Homecoming first. Buzz around the film is skewing positive, so there is a good possibility that Feige’s sequel plan will come to fruition, giving fans a mix of both high school drama and superhero adventures.
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.