Peter Parker is set to have a whirlwind couple of days, as the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is going to begin just minutes after the currently untitled Avengers 4. Following Sony and Marvel's unprecedented deal to allow Your Friendly Neighborhood to be a part of the ever-expanding MCU, Peter Parker is set to be a key figure in the franchise for years to come. Tom Holland debuted as the wall-crawler in last summer's Captain America: Civil War and made an immediate impression, raising anticipation for his own solo vehicle. Spider-Man is also in the massive Infinity War ensemble to help take down Thanos.
Even before Homecoming earned positive reviews (read ours), the studios were hard at work putting together a sequel. A July 2019 release date has been scheduled and it's believed director Jon Watts will once again be behind-the-camera. It remains to be seen which of Peter's fellow heroes will take part in Homecoming 2 (which will have a different subtitle), but it's now been confirmed when in the MCU timeline the movie will take place. There will be no rest for the weary as the web head goes from the Mad Titan to his own problems in a short span of time.
Speaking with Fandom, Amy Pascal made the revelation, offering a small tidbit about the followup's development:
“What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.”
Should the creative team stick to this plan, the second MCU Spider-Man film will be the latest genre sequel to pick up essentially where the previous installment left off - following the footsteps of this year's John Wick: Chapter 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (among others). With this in mind, it will be interesting to see what happens to Peter in Avengers 4, as the events of that film will certainly have some kind of major influence on Homecoming 2. It's been suggested not every hero will make it out of the fight against Thanos alive, meaning there could be longterm repercussions for the franchise. Spider-Man is obviously close to Iron Man, and his experiences in Infinity War could form some new friendships that will shape him in upcoming entries. If loss is to be a factor in Avengers 3 and its sequel, a young kid like Peter could take that hard.
It also makes sense the Homecoming followup won't have an extensive time gap in the canon, seeing that the hope right now is for an entire solo Spider-Man trilogy to take place in high school. Previous cinematic interpretations of Peter Parker blew by the wall-crawler's academic career to detail other personal responsibilities like his relationship with Mary Jane or inability to keep a job. Longtime readers of the comics know some of the best Spider-Man stories dealt with the trials and tribulations of Peter the student, so it's nice to see Marvel embracing that element for the big screen in an effort to differentiate Holland's take from what's come before. If Homecoming 2 is anything like the first film, fans will be in for a treat.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018