In the build up to Captain America: Civil War, there was a lot of buzz around the idea of fans seeing their favorite superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fight one another. However, even with the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and many more set to return, much of the buzz surrounding the film had to do with other characters. Civil War was set to be the long awaited debuts of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the MCU's Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Black Panther has been a highly anticipated character to give Marvel Studios their first lead Black hero, even with Mike Colter beating them to the punch with his turn as Luke Cage in Jessica Jones last year. As for Spider-Man, fans hoped for his presence in the MCU for years, and they finally got their wish. Not only are fans excited to see where the character goes, but so is a fellow co-star.
Boseman spoke to ComicBook in anticipation of Civil War's Blu-Ray/DVD release and was asked about Spider-Man's presence in the ensemble. For Boseman, he is just as excited as everyone else to see where the character goes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Unlike previous versions of Spider-Man on screen, Holland will be spending a majority of the time in high school and is age appropriate to do so. This is what has made Boseman so excited to see what is to come:
"Oh, he's great. I think he's great. I can't wait to see what he does. His humor, the hipness of the character, the youth of the character, it's a fresh take on something that I really love."
From the simple first tease of his arrival in the movie with Queens covering the screen, viewers were eager to see more of the newest Spider-Man. Boseman's excitement is hopefully not ill-placed as Sony and Marvel have every intention of continuing this version of Spider-Man. Previous movies have not fully captured the humor or youth that is inherent in the DNA of the character.
The hope among fans, the actors, and the studios is that Holland's take on the character is a version of Spider-Man that will last on screens for at least the next decade. Spider-Man: Homecoming is just the beginning of that, with him undoubtedly set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and the sequel as well. He has so far battled a fellow New Yorker, will battle a man in a flying bird suit, and potentially one of the most powerful beings in the galaxy. After that remains a mystery, but it would be a surprise to many if he is not a staple in the MCU through Phases 4 and 5, and potentially even 6.
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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.