While everyone's currently in anticipation of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios continues to look ahead to the future. After the dust settles from the battle between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans), newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be left to take on even larger roles -- newcomers like Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
When asked about the role Civil War plays in supporting his upcoming solo outing as Spider-Man, CBM reports that Tom Holland had a fairly candid response:
"Captain America: Civil War will be a brilliant movie, a huge movie and I'll have the support of the success of that movie so that I can go on to my own... It was also a real eye-opener to what it will be like when I start my film. I think the problem with Civil War for me was that it made me 10 times more excited to start on Spider-Man, but we don't start for months so I've got to sit on that excitement for the moment."
At face value, his comments basically mean that Civil War will set up the existence of Peter Parker within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By having him introduced during the battle between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, Marvel sidesteps that issue of having to go through yet another origin story film and just get Spider-Man off and running with Peter Parker already established as the web-head.
On another level, Civil War supports Holland himself by giving him an opportunity to be Spider-Man on-screen without being the center of attention. Even an actor as talented as Robert Downey Jr. didn't figure out all of the kinks in portraying a character like Tony Stark until he had more than one movie under his belt, so the Spider-Man solo movie should present us with an established Parker as well as an established and confident Tom Holland.
However, by Holland's own admission, taking part in Civil War has only served to increase his excitement towards taking on the role of Peter Parker. We have to hope that when push comes to shove, the newcomer will be up for the role, and be willing to carry the MCU into its next stage of existence.
His solo adventure may not even end up being the next time we see Spider-Man in the MCU after Civil War. New reports have indicated that Holland recent visited the set of Doctor Strange, although those reports don't indicate the nature of his presence on the set. If Peter Parker does indeed have an appearance in Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) solo adventure, then we can rest assured that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be able to confidently inhabit his role by the time 2017 rolls around.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018;Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019;Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.