With Captain America: Civil War pulling in major bank, Marvel’s Phase 3 is now underway. Although Spider-Man: Homecoming is still two films away – set to follow Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – the hype is really picking up. Beginning with the surprise casting of Donald Glover (whomever he might be) and Logan Marshall-Green as a minor baddie, Stan Lee also recently praised lead-spider Tom Holland. Director Jon Watts also recently discussed the diverse cast and story for the newest web-crawler epic as it prepares to shoot.
Seeing as Guardians Vol. 2 just wrapped, Marvel has wasted no time in starting production on Spider-Man: Homecoming. The web-slinger reboot also just added a few new faces to its cast, including comic Hannibal Buress, as filming gets underway in Atlanta.
First off, actor Tom Holland recently teased commencement of the shoot on Instagram. He posted a picture of his arm resting on the back of a director’s chair emblazoned with his character’s name “Peter” on it. The caption reads “First day on the job and I already got my chair,” along with the hashtag #SpiderMan:Homecoming. Take a look at his Instagram post below:
In addition to Holland’s tease, several stills showed up on Just Jared from opening day of the shoot. The first images show Holland dressed conservatively in a pullover and jeans walking around the set. Fans also got their first look at Tony Revolori’s Manuel and Zendaya’s character Michelle. The actress and singer looks stylish walking down the steps of some sort of edifice, presumably the high school or a apartment building.
As shooting begins, THR and Variety are also reporting the addition of several new actors into the Spider-Man: Homecoming mix -- most significantly, comedian Hannibal Buress. In addition, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., and J.J. Totah have all joined the cast in unspecified roles. Amara’s most recent role was as a teen version of Melissa McCarthy in The Boss. Totah recently landed a role in the Sundance-hyped Other People with Molly Shannon, while Lendeborg Jr. debuted in the dark drama The Land.
These additions will likely play some part in the film's high school setting. Although playing unknown roles, the actors will probably play school chums or bullies of the main characters, with the exception of Buress, of course. Depending on the size of his role, he would make a terrific wacky teacher or even an older mentor figure or boss to Peter Parker.
One thing’s for sure: the upcoming film will be a proving ground for Marvel. As the first big-budget studio picture from Watts, the first Spider-Man shot under the Disney banner, and the first Marvel film inspired by “John Hughes”, Spider-Man: Homecoming has a lot of potential to continue where Spidey's appearance in Captain America: Civil War left off. Only time will tell if the right batch of ingredients, simmered under Kevin Feige’s seasoned eye, will launch another major film franchise for Marvel, or put Spider-Man out of commission indefinitely.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.