Matt Damon reportedly was being looked at for the villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Marvel Studios and Sony are continuing their partnership after Spider-Man: Homecoming was a big hit at the box office. Tom Holland's take on Peter Parker has quickly been accepted by fans, and Spider-Man's becoming an even bigger part of the MCU's future. His standalone sequel picks up right after Avengers 4, and it looks like it will take the young web-slinger overseas.
The reasoning for Spidey's international adventure is reportedly tied to the villain. Based on the Homecoming 2 villain casting descriptions, Marvel and Sony are still looking to find their next big bad, and have cast a wide net as they're considering both men and women of any ethnicity. Now it seems that the sequel could have pitted Spider-Man up against Jason Bourne.
Jeff Sneider said on Meet the Movie Press that Matt Damon was being looked at for the unidentified villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Unfortunately for anyone who would've liked to see Damon and Holland share the screen, it doesn't appear to be happening right now, as Sneider says Damon ultimately decided to pass on the opportunity.
Ironically enough, the notion of Marvel and Sony's potential first choice for the villain role in a standalone Spider-Man movie is something they've dealt with before. Michael Keaton was the early favorite to play Vulture in Homecoming, but reports then surfaced that Keaton passed. However, as we all know by now, all parties involved were able to work it out - resulting in Keaton becoming one of the MCU's best villains.
Even though it isn't happening right now, Damon would be a huge get for the sequel. He doesn't currently have any projects in development for him to headline, and Jason Bourne is likely the final installment of that franchise. Playing the villain in Homecoming 2 could be a smart career move for the actor. Considering the current buzz is that Damon won't take the role, it looks like Marvel and Sony will have to move to their next choice. But, if Keaton's deal with Homecoming taught us anything, we shouldn't completely discount the idea of Damon changing his mind.
It's also worth pointing out that Damon recently cameoed in Thor: Ragnarok as an Asgardian actor who portrays Loki in the Shakespearean play. That role doesn't immediately make Damon ineligible for another MCU role. Damon's spoken about how much fun that cameo was to film, so maybe that experience helped play a part in Marvel wanting to bring him into the universe in a greater capacity. With Homecoming 2 set to film this summer, it shouldn't be too much longer before casting for the sequel kicks into high gear and we see once and for all if Damon will be involved.
Source: Meet the Movie Press
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