Early buzz for Spider-Man: Homecoming is looking great, and the studios sound keen to keep director Jon Watts (Cop Car) around for the sequel.
When asked if they would look to bring Watts back for the proposed 2019 sequel, Marvel’s Kevin Feige said that is “the intention for sure,” while Pascal hedged they’d “be crazy” not to bring him back at the film’s press day. Word from the early press screenings indicates Watts has made one of the best Spider-Man movies ever, and he apparently nailed the “superhero movies though the lens of John Hughes” pitch talked up when he was hired. When Watts was asked about a potential return, he played it close to the vest but finally confirmed he “think[s]” he’s signed on for two movies.
Even if it were bad, the first solo Spider-Man movie in the MCU was pretty much guaranteed to make a whole lot of money — but it sounds like Watts has actually made a really good film. Marvel might be a machine, but the studio is no stranger to the idea of keeping talented directors around to shepherd specific properties (i.e. James Gunn and Guardians of the Galaxy, Joss Whedon and the first two Avengers, etc.). It sounds like Watts could be the next director to join that club.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7.