With Spider-Man: Homecoming being released worldwide within the next two weeks, Marvel President Kevin Feige has given some context to how much of the webslinger we’ll see in next year's massive Avengers: Infinity War.
Following the release of Homecoming, Spidey fans will have gotten their first full-length taste of Tom Holland's take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man, the third big-screen iteration of the character in the 21st century. Many have been wondering what sort of role the character will play in his first two official Avengers films, for as of this point pre-Homecoming, he is not an official member of the team.
In an interview with Fandango, Kevin Feige gave vague hints to the role that Spidey plays in Infinity War, comparing it to his scene-stealing but brief turn in last summer's Captain America: Civil War:
“I think it might feel bigger a little bit because of Homecoming and because of what people know from it, but it's about on par with [Civil War]."
Peter Parker is introduced about halfway through Civil War, recruited by Tony Stark to join the fight against Captain America. He makes a notable impression during the huge airport action sequence in the middle of the film, but disappears until a post-credits scene showing the new technology that Stark has provided him to fight crime in his city. In all, he appears in about 15 minutes of the film, and Feige is implying that while his screen time is about the same in Infinity War, it'll feel different thanks to the development that happens with the character in Homecoming.
Speaking of the solo film, when asked if any characters from Homecoming would appear in the big crossover event, Feige gave a bit of a modestly coy answer:
“There's a pretty big crew already in those movies, but you might keep an eye out,”
This seems to imply that characters like Marisa Tomei's Aunt May and Jacob Batalon's Ned could pop up in Infinity War, a film rumored to already have over 60 major characters in it from the superhero universe.
Having always been among the most popular superheroes, Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe relatively late in the game in comparison to characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Thus, his role in the franchise is still developing, and it makes sense that he doesn't quite have a starring role in a film that features all of these firmly-established heroes. With it being confirmed that Infinity War will be the end of the line of some of those characters, Spider-Man will certainly have his time to shine, as he's still coming into his own as a character in the MCU and as a hero on his own terms.
- 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
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019