Kevin Feige says Tom Holland's Spider-Man will lead audiences into the new version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. After just making his debut in the universe last year in Captain America: Civil War last year, Peter Parker's presence is already very much felt by both fans and the other Marvel characters. Now, with Spider-Man: Homecoming set to hit theaters in just a couple of days, Holland only looks to further stake his claim as one of the key characters in the universe, though, for fans of the Spider-Man character, that doesn't come as the least bit surprising.
Marvel and Sony aren't showing any signs of slowing down their use of Holland after Homecoming either, with the actor already spending several weeks shooting scenes for next year's Avengers: Infinity War, in addition to being confirmed for 2019's untitled Avengers 4. And in case that wasn't enough, the studios announced late last year that the first film to be released in the MCU after Avengers 4 the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
During this weekend's press junket for Spider-Man: Homecoming as well, Kevin Feige opened up to io9 about why a Homecoming sequel is the perfect film to kick off the new version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of the third and fourth Avengers films:
“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker? So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.
It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?"
There are some interesting pieces of information to take from Feige's comments here. The first is that it looks like the events in Avengers 3 and 4 will feed directly into the main story of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. That's very similar to how Peter's involvement in Civil War has wound up shaping the central conflicts of the first Homecoming, and only further makes Peter's role in the Infinity War conflict not only that much more mysterious, but also compelling to think about.
There's no telling as of right now, what Peter's own story will be in the Homecoming sequel, or how the likely deaths and face off with Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Infinity War will affect him internally throughout his Junior Year. But with all of that aside, it sounds like Feige and co. are very much grooming Holland to be the new leader of the MCU once Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and the rest of the original Avengers say farewell to the universe after Avengers 4. And fortunately, based solely on his performances in Civil War and Homecoming, it doesn't look like that's something Holland will be incapable of taking on either.
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