Vision and War Machine were at one point close to being part of Spider-Man: Homecoming as well. With Spider-Man existing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, Sony and Marvel's deal not only brought Tom Holland's new version of Spidey into Captain America: Civil War, but also made it possible for other MCU characters to appear in his solo movie. The inclusion of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was the focal point of the discussion with his Iron Man moments being heavily featured in the marketing.
He was not the only MCU character to appear as Captain America (Chris Evans) made a fun cameo, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) was included in a supporting role, and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) made her return. However, thanks to some new concept art, it appears that Vision (Paul Bettany) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) were almost included as well.
MCU News & Tweets shared two pieces of concept art from Spider-Man: Homecoming revealing the idea of these other Avengers appearing. As seen below, their cameos would've came in the important ferry scene. In this version of the scene, not only is Spider-Man bailed out by Iron Man, but Tony also brings his only other Avengers teammates with him.
— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) July 19, 2017
If any other MCU heroes were going to be included in Homecoming, using Vision and War Machine in this way would've been the most rational. Since they are the only other Avengers still part of Tony's team, Tony could have very easily asked them to tag along and help with the rescue. Considering how pivotal the moment turned out to be, it wound up working fairly well to have Iron Man appear and be the only one there to give Peter a speech about his mistakes.
Even though the scene did not play out like this, the possibility of it continues to show how well the relationship with Marvel and Sony is working. Including two more Avengers would have only further tied Homecoming into the MCU - making it that much more impossible for the deal to eventually end - but also shows Sony's willingness to spend to make it happen. Even without two extra Avengers, Homecoming is already performing very well and will cross $500 million worldwide over the weekend. Maybe the inclusion of Vision and War Machine would have given the film a slight boost, but nothing major. While they were both ultimately left out of Homecoming, there is always the chance they could pop up in the sequel.
Source: MCU News & Tweets
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