While Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Homecoming is still over a year away from its theatrical release, the casting announcements for Peter Parker's MCU solo debut continue to arrive at a rapid pace. The newest name added to the mix is Hollywood veteran Tyne Daly, a mainstay of both TV and film for going on 50 years. The elder sister of Wings star Tim, Daly is perhaps best known for her seven-season run as NYC detective Mary Beth Lacey on the classic CBS procedural series Cagney & Lacey. Daly earned four Emmy statues for her work as Lacey, and would pick up two more later, including one for the role of Maxine Gray on another long-running CBS series, Judging Amy. All together, Daly has nearly 100 big and small screen credits to her name.
Much like nearly every other casting announcement Marvel has made for Homecoming, the studio is choosing to keep the details of Daly's role close to the vest, although one wonders where the now 70-year-old actress might fit in the Spider-Man picture. A logical fit for Daly could be as a relative of the Parker family, perhaps a grandmother or great-aunt to Peter. Daly might also easily slot into the position of one of the teachers at Peter's high school, or perhaps a member of the administrative staff. Daly has shown enough versatility over the years to conceivably be placed in just about any type of supporting role, although one obviously assumes she won't end up being revealed as a surprise villain and engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Spider-Man.
As per usual for upcoming Marvel Studios movies, actual plot details for Homecoming currently remain elusive. The few bits of info available include the fact that Michael Keaton is set to play the villain, the story involves Peter trying to balance high school with his career as a superhero, that Tony Stark’s mentor/student relationship with Peter will continue to evolve, and that director Jon Watts’ pitch to Marvel was described as being a John Hughes-ian take on Spider-Man’s teenage trials and tribulations. Daly joins the already rather robust supporting cast of Homecoming, including names like Martin Starr, Donald Glover, Michael Mando, Hannibal Buress, Logan Marshall-Green, Bokeem Woodbine, and Disney Channel star Zendaya.
After a successful launch of Tom Holland's version of Spider-Man in this summer's Captain America: Civil War, the stage is set for Spider-Man: Homecoming to return the character to the heights he arguably hasn't seen since the first two Sam Raimi films. While things could certainly go wrong along the way, surrounding Holland with such a diverse and talented group of actors definitely puts the odds on Homecoming's side.
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.