After showing up in Captain America: Civil War, anticipation for the MCU’s first solo Spider-Man movie – Spider-Man: Homecoming – has definitely been on the rise, what with Tom Holland successfully owning the role.
Since then he has joined been by a large – and mostly young ensemble cast – and now another name can be added to that list: Michael Barbieri.
Soon to show up in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Comicbookmovie.com reports that Barbieri will be playing a character based on Ganke Lee, who is a loyal friend of other Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in the Ultimate comics universe (and now in the 616 since the events of Secret Wars).
Interestingly, he’s never actually encountered Peter Parker in the comics, but has still stood out due to his unwavering enthuasiam and support for Morales – qualities we’ll likely see present in whoever Barbieri ends up playing. Even more interesting is the likelihood that the MCU seems to be breaking away from Peter’s traditional friendship circle – there has been no mention yet of Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, Felcia Hardy et al, although there’s still time we suppose.
Barbieri joins a cast that already includes Holland (The Impossible), Marisa Tomeo (The Wrestler), Zendaya (Frenemies), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Laura Harrier (The Last Five Years) and Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, with Michael Keaton still rumoured to be involved in some capacity. Jon Watt (Cop Car) is directing from a script penned by Jon Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein (Horrible Bosses), with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing, Eric Hauserman Carroll co-producing and Matthew Tolmach executive producing.
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