I guess now we know that Tony Stark doesn’t bite it in Captain America: Civil War.
It’s been known for a while now that characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is the first solo outing for the new Spider-Man, and Sony’s first film to be part of the MCU. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been teasing for months that we would see some familiar faces in the latest Spider-Man reboot, and all hints were pointing towards Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark.
Well this has finally been confirmed thanks to THR, which states that Downey has officially signed on to appear in the Spidey standalone. Tom Holland will be making his debut as the wall crawler next month in Captain America: Civil War where it appears he will be on team Iron Man.
I think this is a really smart move on both Marvel and Sony’s part. Robert Downey Jr. has been the definitive face of the MCU since it’s inception (maybe tied with Cap now though) so having him make an appearance in the brand new rendition of Spider-Man will firmly differentiate itself from all the other Spider-Man films, and show first and foremost that it is an MCU film.
In the comics, Tony becomes sort of a mentor figure for Peter Parker, and if what I’m hearing about Civil War is correct, the MCU will be adapting that relationship on screen. If this is the case, then having Tony also appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming is only a natural way to continue the development of that relationship. It’ll be cool to see Robert Downey Jr. portray Stark in a different light, where Stark is no longer the focus and acts as more of a supporting role for Peter.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is still in the process of casting, and his set to begin shooting in June. The film will be helmed by Cop Car director Jon Watts, and will star Tom Holland as the titular web-slinger. The film also stars Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya and Tony Revolori in undisclosed roles, and now Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Michael Keaton is also currently in talks to portray the film’s villain, but who that is remains unknown, although Vulture is rumored.
UPDATE: According to Deadline, Michael Keaton has dropped out of the running for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sadly.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to release July 7th, 2017.