We got very excited about the possibility of Michael Keaton appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, possibly as a villain, but that possibility has now been shut down. However, another big name has been confirmed…
Deadline reports that Keaton won’t be starring in Tom Holland’s solo movie, but that Robert Downey Jr will be appearing as Tony Stark.
There’s obviously no details about the extent of Downey Jr’s involvement yet, but Deadline says “this is part of a plan to add Spider-Man to the Marvel Universe pics from Disney even though Sony has rights to the character.” Given that his involvement has been announced this early, it seems reasonable to assume that he’ll play a fairly major role.
The site also speculates that Iron Man won’t be the only Marvel superhero to show up in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but which of the Avengers would be a good fit for the Spidey universe?
As for Keaton, it sounds as though his involvement never got beyond the discussion stage, as the site says that he “has fallen out of early talks,” so the search for a villain is ongoing. At least Marisa Tomei is still on board as Aunt May…
Holland’s Spider-Man has been touted by many (including our review) as one of the many highlights of Civil War, so we’ve got our hopes up for Homecoming. It also stars Zendaya, Tony Revolori and Laura Harrier, and will be directed by Cop Car’s Jon Watts, and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein.
In the meantime, we’re just going to have to wait until next week to get our Spidey fix in Captain America: Civil War.
“Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on 28 July 2017 in the UK. Captain America: Civil War will be released in cinemas on 29 April 2016. Read our review here.