Robert Downey, Jr. Talks Spider-Man; Teases Homecoming Appearance

With the arrival of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3 in Captain America: Civil War, the ever-expanding franchise is about to add to its already deep roster of superheroes. The film will serve as the official MCU introduction for Spider-Man, after Marvel Studios and Sony agreed to a groundbreaking deal that allowed the two companies to share the character. Fans are very excited to see the latest big screen incarnation of Peter Parker and how he interacts with the other Avengers, especially since early reactions praise Tom Holland as the famous web-slinger.

At age 19, Holland is considerably younger than his predecessors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were when they first played Peter, a conscious decision by Marvel so they could develop the character from teenager to manhood over the course of multiple movies. After his appearance in Civil War, Holland will headline his solo vehicle, which goes by the title Spider-Man: Homecoming. Fans are thrilled that Your Friendly Neighborhood is back home where he belongs, including Robert Downey, Jr.

The actor was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (watch the video above) to promote Civil War, and the topic of Spider-Man's inclusion was brought up. Downey mentioned how when he was growing up, the wall crawler was his "whole deal," a sentiment that many comic book readers will share. Spider-Man was always seen as one of the more relatable superheroes, which is why he connected with so many on an emotional level. Downey sums it up perfectly when he says, "He was funny, he was cool, he was young like us." Iron Man also had nice things to say about his new co-star, calling Holland "fantastic."

Early speculation about the MCU Spider-Man reboot suggested that Tony Stark would have a role to play, and Kevin Feige's recent comments about other characters showing up added fuel to that fire. When pressed about the rumors, Downey would not commit to anything, but suggested something could be in the works:

"Perhaps I will. We don't have a contract yet."

After Civil War, Downey's deal with Marvel Studios includes the two-part Avengers: Infinity War event and then it is up. But that doesn't mean things can't change before then. It's easy to forget now, but there was a time when his involvement in the third Captain America film wasn't a sure thing, and it wasn't until he was convinced by Marvel that he officially signed on. Something similar could occur this time around, depending on the story Homecoming screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have devised, and which heroes it calls for. More Downey in the MCU is always a good thing, but it needs to be the proper fit and not forced.

Having Iron Man in Homecoming would be logical, given that Spider-Man is said to develop a relationship with one of the characters (most likely Stark). The two great scientific minds are fighting on the same side in Civil War, and it's very plausible that Peter will look up to Tony as some sort of father figure/guardian as he makes a name for himself fighting crime. Seeing the two form a mentor/mentee dynamic that's explored in the new Spider-Man film has tremendous potential, and the possibility of Downey sharing scenes with Michael Keaton's mystery villain would be a treat for comic book movie fans everywhere. Hopefully Downey can iron out a contract with Marvel and be a part of the Web Head's Homecoming.

NEXT: Michael Keaton Eyed For Spider-Man: Homecoming Villain

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor StrangeNovember 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2May 5, 2017;Spider-Man: HomecomingJuly 7, 2017; Thor: RagnarokNovember 3, 2017; Black PantherFebruary 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the WaspJuly 6, 2018; Captain MarvelMarch 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2May 3, 2019; InhumansJuly 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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