- Release Date: July 5, 2019
- Confirmed Cast: Tom Holland
- Director: Jon Watts
- Writers: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers
Tom Holland's Spider-Man Returns in the Homecoming Sequel
Tom Holland's Spider-Man was introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and he absolutely blew fans away. This was a Spider-Man never seen on the big screen before; a teenage superhero who was new to his powers, freshly exposed to a world of superheroes. The new Spider-Man was struggling to balance his superhero activities and his everyday life, right down to telling Tony Stark he couldn't go to Germany - he had homework to do! 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming followed the same formula, with director Jon Watts creating a high-action teenage adventure in the style of John Hughes. It grossed over $330 million at the domestic box office, and over $880 million worldwide. Spider-Man's story will continue in Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, and then lead on into the Homecoming sequel.
It's the Second Part of a Trilogy
In 2014, Marvel's Kevin Feige approached Sony with the idea of bringing Spider-Man into the MCU. Marvel proposed that Sony should keep the license; the studio would pay for the movie, distribute it, and market it. Marvel, however, would make the film on Sony's behalf. What's more, they'd be able to incorporate Spider-Man into the MCU. Sony initially rejected the proposal, preferring to continue making their own films. The box office failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 forced the studio to reconsider, especially after their discussions with Marvel went public when Sony was hacked in late 2014. Sony convened a Spider-Man summit in February 2015, and agreed to accept Marvel's proposal.
The original deal was for Marvel to make a Spider-Man trilogy, with a new film releasing every two years. Spider-Man: Homecoming released in 2017, the Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is due for release in 2019, and Tom Holland has confirmed a third film is in the works - presumably to release in 2021. It looks as though not much changed from the leaked version.
Who Else is Back?
It's safe to say that certain key characters will return for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, including Marisa Tomei's Aunt May, Jacob Batalon's Ned Leeds, and Zendaya's Michelle; none, however, have yet been officially confirmed. Less likely is Laura Harrier's Liz Allen, who seemed to be written out at the end of Homecoming. The end-credits sequence of Homecoming seemed to imply Michael Mando's Scorpion would likely play a role in the sequel.
Marvel May be Casting Gwen Stacy for the Sequel
There have been intriguing rumors that Marvel is conducting auditions for the part of Gwen Stacy. Two audition tapes have leaked, each showing a little-known European actress auditioning for the part. It's prompted speculation that Marvel could reinvent Gwen as a foreign exchange student who pays a visit to Peter's school. Given fans had expected Zendaya's Michelle to become the primary love-interest in the sequel, Gwen appearing on the scene would certainly throw a spanner in the works!
The Homecoming Sequel is Set After Avengers 4
Marvel Studios visionary Kevin Feige has revealed that Spider-Man has a five-film arc running through the MCU. That started in Captain America: Civil War, led into Spider-Man: Homecoming, and will continue through Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. The arc will come to a close in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 sequel, which will follow on from the events of Avengers 4. That makes the sequel tremendously important for the MCU. It releases only two months after Avengers 4, and will effectively launch Marvel's post-Phase 4 arc.
The Story Remains a Mystery
Right now, little is known about the plot of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. The first film featured Robert Downey Jr. in a major role; the sequel is confirmed to feature another MCU actor as an important guest-star. Meanwhile, the Gwen Stacy audition tapes have thrown an interesting wrinkle into the film's plot. There's been speculation that Gwen will be a foreign exchange student who attends Peter's school. Another possibility, however, is that Peter Parker himself will be the foreign exchange student who heads to Europe. There are rumors the Homecoming sequel will partly film in Europe, certainly hinting that Spider-Man's next solo film will feature a wide range of locations.
Director Jon Watts has expressed interest in characters like Blade and Morbius, but these seem unlikely - not least because Sony is considering a Morbius movie. There have been consistent reports Marvel is casting a "femme fatale" for the movie. Evidence is building that this character may be Jessica Drew's Spider-Woman, although her role is uncertain.
There May Be Connections to Sony's Venom and Silver & Black
It's currently uncertain whether or not Sony's Spider-villain spinoffs will be considered part of the wider MCU. There are rumors Tom Holland will actually make a cameo in this year's Venom, although he's not currently expected to suit up as Spider-Man in the film. Meanwhile, there have been consistent rumors that Scorpion will make an appearance in Sony's Silver & Black, a movie that stars Silver Sable and the Black Cat. Given Michael Mando was cast as the Scorpion in Homecoming, and is surely set up to return in the sequel, he could be quite a significant character.
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Who Are The Villains of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2?
Homecoming introduced a number of villains who have been members of the Sinister Six, notably the Vulture, the Shocker, the Scorpion, and even Aaron Davis (currently leading the team over in the comics). That's led many fans to suggest that the sequel will introduce the full Sinister Six, facing Spider-Man against multiple villains. Meanwhile, there are rumors that Sony intends to introduce Norman Osborn in Silver & Black. If these rumors are true, though, the character will be voice-only; the studio aims to leave Marvel open to casting Osborn for a Spider-Man film without any conflict. Given the relationship between the Sony spinoffs and the MCU Spider-Man films is at present uncertain, that may or may not be significant.
Jon Watts Returns as Director
In July last year, there were reports that Jon Watts was in talks to return as director of the Homecoming sequel. Those were confirmed by Kevin Feige at Brazil's Comic-Con (CCXP). Nobody was particularly surprised; Homecoming was a tremendous success, and Watts certainly got the feel for everybody's favorite wall-crawler.
Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers Have Written the Script
2017 was a good year for Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. It saw a number of their scripts become blockbuster hits, including The Lego Batman Movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The duo also teamed up on Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently in production. Sommers and McKenna appear to have become key players in Marvel, and have been hired to write the script for the Homecoming sequel too.
Filming is Due to Start this Year
Pre-production on the Homecoming sequel began in August last year, and Amy Pascal claimed shooting would begin in April or May. More recent reports have indicated that filming has been delayed a little, and is now expected to begin on either May 28 or June 1. It's possible the delays were related to filming of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, with Tom Holland expected to play a major role in those films. There have been consistent reports that Marvel is looking to film in Europe, and both the UK and Germany have been mentioned.
Homecoming was filmed under the working title "Summer of George," a reference to Seinfeld. The sequel, curiously enough, has been given the working title "Fall of George."
We're a Long Way Away from a Trailer
Given the Homecoming sequel hasn't even started filming yet, it's no surprise that Marvel has yet to release any promotional material. As yet, there have been no set photos, no posters, and of course no trailer. Fans will be eagerly awaiting news when shooting starts.
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