For the past few weeks, critics have been praising Tom Holland's debut as Spider-Man from early screenings of Captain America: Civil War. With such a major character property having become a collaboration between Marvel and Sony, the focus has been on the cast that will surround the third on-screen iteration of Peter Parker, with actor Michael Keaton apparently considering the role of the film's primary antagonist.
Today, it was announced that The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori has joined the cast as a schoolyard foe of Peter Parker. Following the announcement, it was reported that One Life to Live's Laura Harrier was also joining the cast in a major role.
Tom Holland will debut with Marisa Tomei in the role of Aunt May in Captain America: Civil War, with this introduction to the character leading into his own standalone film under the Sony umbrella. Though Revolori serves as Peter's primary source of trouble at school, Deadline made sure to clarify that his character is not a villain. Also confirmed to debut as one of Peter Parker's high-school friends is singer and actress Zendaya, but otherwise, major staple names from the Spider-Man universe have gone unannounced as of yet. As for Harrier, her role has yet to be confirmed, but The Wrap is positive that the actress will be taking on a major role in the film. Revolori is set to appear next in Blumhouse's Lowriders, and Harrier most recently filmed a pilot for HBO titled Codes of Conduct.
Jon Watts, who most recently directed Kevin Bacon in Cop Car, will sit in the director's chair, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal serving as executive producers. With a script penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, the film is said to have a "John Hughes" feeling to its' air of high school drama and whimsy, modernizing time-honored elements of films like The Breakfast Club and subverting them with a superhero theme.
For what it's worth, the cast is filling out in a wonderfully diverse way, and early indicators of the story make for an interesting look at Peter Parker doing the classic balancing act of his social life at school and his identity as a superhero. Bringing in those human elements -- relationships with school friends, rivalries, and more -- introduce the mundane, yet integral elements of the character that so often get overlooked in the face of explosive superhero action. Spider-Man, in all iterations, has always been a superhero story that seeks to connect with the real-life issues we face as teens and young adults -- so sign me up for a little high school drama.
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.