Following the unsuccessful launch of an Amazing Spider-Man cinematic universe, Andrew Garfield's "untold story" of Peter Parker and his web-slinging hijinks stalled out - causing Sony to pull the plug on a slate of tie-in movies (featuring Venom and the Sinister Six) in favor of relaunching Spider-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thought to be impossible by many industry insiders, Marvel and Sony forged a deal that both reignited excitement in further adventures of Spider-Man as well as bringing the character "back home" to his creators. The amount of influence that Marvel has on Sony-produced Spider-Man solo films varies from report to report but terms of the deal, itself, are concrete - Sony is loaning Spider-Man to the MCU for free (read: as free advertising for their character) while Sony will not share solo movie ticket sale profits with Marvel Studios.
Recent rumors suggest that Marvel may have more creative influence on Sony's solo films than was originally believed - and time will tell if that is the case. However, one thing is for certain: once the wall crawler debuts in Civil War, fans will only have to a little over one year to see him return to the big screen in his own story - and today, we have official confirmation of what that story will be titled.
According to Sony's presentation at CinemaCon 2016, Tom Holland's solo movie will be called: Spider-Man: Homecoming.
According to Holland, who appeared on stage to introduce the title and logo, "Throughout the story Peter is trying to find his true identity and where he fits into the world."
For months, reports had suggested the title of Holland's Spider-Man would keep with the naming convention used in the last film series - specifically that the new film would be titled after a popular Spider-Man comic book run, The Spectacular Spider-Man. Fans may never know whether The Spectacular Spider-Man was ever really in consideration - since Sony and Marvel could have simply changed the title in recent weeks. Still, The Amazing Spider-Man was a slightly more natural fit for the Andrew Garfield reboot, given that the first Spider-Man book was, of course, titled The Amazing Spider-Man; by comparison, The Spectacular Spider-Man run is likely less familiar to casual filmgoers, meaning the film studios might have decided that a fresh start, and an eye-catching new title, would do a better job of exciting moviegoers than a winking homage to Marvel history.
As for the actual title of the film, Sony has joined the trend of descriptive subtitles - which have all but replaced numbered sequels in Hollywood. Given Marvel's reliance on the [Insert Character: Insert Story Title] formula - which has given and/or will give us: Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, as well as Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and 2 - it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that Spider-Man will be marketed similarly.
While some fans might have liked to see something more familiar, Marvel's choice to hype their films up by riffing on well-known comic book stories has worked well for the studio - and also provides fans with fun opportunities to speculate on what they may or may not see. That all said, compared to Ragnarok and others before it, Homecoming is a little less telling and leaves a lot of room for debate and speculation. A nod to Spider-Man coming "home" to Marvel's film universe? Maybe the movie will take place during Parker's High School Homecoming celebration? Possibly.
Instead, comic readers had previously heard rumors of a "Homecoming" adaptation, the title's direct comic book counterpart (depicted in 1984's The Amazing Spider-Man issue #252) - although that doesn't confirm today's report that Vulture might be on bad guy duty this round. In this case, Homecoming is probably a very loose adaptation of the comic book story, at best, given that the print Homecoming narrative centered around Peter Parker's return to New York City after procuring the Venom symbiote suit. Instead, Sony and Marvel could be using "Homecoming" here as a jumping off point for Parker's life after returning to New York City following the events of Civil War.
With only a little over a year before Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, it shouldn't be too long before further official details are revealed. Fortunately, fans don't have to wait all that time to find out how this Spider-Man will be different from the previous two - since they'll be betting a sizable helping of Holland as Parker and Spider-Man in Civil War.
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: Homecoming – July 7, 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.