Since the announcement that Peter Parker and Spider-Man would be joining Marvel’s Cinematic Universe alongside some of Earth’s mightiest heroes, we’ve all wondered just how long that would last and what exactly the plan is for the character and his own standalone movies. Would he be leading the new wave of Avengers? Is it just a one-off then back to Sony for his own trilogy? With Spider-Man: Homecoming now just hours away from hitting theaters, we now have those answers thanks to Marvel Studios President and all-around genius Kevin Feige.
Marvel has introduced us to more than a handful of characters in recent years that could easily be leading the new wave of characters into Phase 4 and whatever they have planned for what comes after Avengers 4. Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and more, but in fact, it will be teenage Peter Parker who will guide us through that change. While speaking with The Toronto Sun, Feige had this to say about the plan for Spidey and how he will affect the universe:
“We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker. In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school. This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
We’ve all expected to see Spider-Man operating inside the MCU for years, but hearing that his storyline won’t just be centered around his solo movies is something new, and quite refreshing actually. While Marvel may get criticized for doing too many origin stories and creating by-the-book films over-and-over again, I am a true believer that that isn’t the case. Time and time again, we’ve seen Marvel create genre’s with genre’s – The Winter Soldier as a 70’s spy thriller, Ant-Man as a heist comedy, Spider-Man: Homecoming as a high school coming of age film – and now, they’re adjusting and bleeding stories into stories. I have no doubt Marvel will continue individual franchises, but I wouldn’t be surprised if after Avengers 4, we see a lot more team-up style films like Homecoming or Thor: Ragnarok (later this year) as the world will be completely different after the events of Infinity War and Avengers 4.
But the question still remains, just how long is the deal between Marvel and Sony? Feige only mentions as far as the Homecoming sequel. It’s nothing major at the moment, but with Sony planning their own little Spider-Man universe with Venom and Silver & Black, will the partnership continue or will Sony pull the web-slinger back into the fold and try to build their own universe around Peter Parker? If Sony was smart, they would continue their deal with Marvel. Homecoming hasn’t even been released yet and it’s already showing better word of mouth and positivity then any other Spider-Man movie before.
What do you think? First off, how do you feel about Feige’s comments? Do you like the five-movie structure their going for? Would you rather see something different? How about Spider-Man leading us into Phase 4? Is that smart for Marvel? Let’s have a conversation, sound off in the comments! Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters tomorrow, July 7th, 2017.