We’re just a few weeks away from seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it sounds like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will be a big part of the MCU for a while — possibly even the lens through which we’re introduced into Phase 4.
While speaking to io9, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige looked ahead to the eventual Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which is penciled in to open in 2019. For those looking at the calendar, that will have Spidey’s next solo adventure hitting in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers film — meaning the world will almost certainly be a very different place. To that end, Feige said the studio plans to use Peter Parker as the jumping-on point to reintroduce fans to this new world when Phase 4 of Marvel’s slate begins in 2019.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“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?”
Feige also had some interesting things to say about the Phase 4 film slate, and it sounds like the studio won’t be so keen to announce its next series of films quite so early. He said they want to keep it “very close to the vest,” seemingly because the fourth Avengers film will set up some major changes to the MCU that will be reflected in that movie line-up.
What do you think? Are you glad to see a bigger role for Spidey moving forward?