Marvel fans and film critics were pleased with the studio's latest endeavor Captian America: Civil War. While there was certainly a lot to like about the sequel, it was two of the cinematic universe's new characters that garnered the bulk of the praise – Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Luckily for fans of these two relative newcomers, both heroes will be starring in their own film before the end of 2018.
The highly anticipated Spider-Man reboot, aptly titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, has been filming for over a month at this point, but news of casting additions keeps trickling in. Early on, surprise announcements of Donald Glover and Logan Marshall-Green joining the already loaded cast took the web by storm, and soon after it was confirmed that Hannibal Buress had signed on as well. Just as moviegoers thought casting announcements for the film were done, it appears as though Spider-Man fans can look forward to at least one more comedian to join the ranks in yet another mystery role.
Deadline reports that actress and stand-up comedian Martha Kelly has signed on for an undisclosed role in the upcoming film. Kelly has made numerous appearances (as a comedian) on the likes of Last Comic Standing, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Furguson, but the Austin-based comic recently got her TV series starring alongside Zach Galifianakis in FX's Baskets.
While fans can only speculate as to the role Kelly will play in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, it is probably safe to assume that the acting newbie is not going to portray a major character within the film. Given that the film is said to primarily be focused around Peter's time in high school, there is a good chance that Kelly will be filling some sort of role as either a teacher, administrator, or parent. That said, it is encouraging to see the movie is adding a wide range of comedic talents. From Buress to Glover, along with Robert Downey Jr. and now Kelly, Homecoming contains a tremendous number of truly funny actors, which may give you an indication that the film will be aiming for a lighter tone.
Tom Holland has already shown off his comedic chops as everyone's favorite web-slinger in Marvel Studio's last blockbuster. Now, it will be fun to see the young star bounce jokes off of a slew of renowned comedians when the reboot finally arrives next summer.
Doctor Strange will arrive in theaters on November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to follow on May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.