Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is going to be a major character in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a new interview ahead of the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the role of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger in Phase 4.
Spider-Man To Lead The New Breed Of Avengers?
Peter Parker was recruited by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) himself to the Avengers when the superhero team had a falling out in Captain America: Civil War. While Tony Stark still thinks of him as a child, he might be leading Earth’s Mightiest Hero in Phase 4 of the MCU.
In a new interview, Feige reveals what role Spider-Man beyond the still-untitled Avengers 4 and why he is the perfect hero for the job.
“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine,” Feige opened up to i09, “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?”
Feige pointed out that the first Spider-Man movie in the MCU saw Peter Parker trying to ease back into his normal life following his bout with the Avengers. His next movie, therefore, will deal with the aftermath of the big war between the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Mad Titan Thanos.
Avengers 3 and 4 are expected to completely change the cinematic universe. Moreover, some beloved comic book characters are expected to fall as they defend the universe from total annihilation at the hand of the cosmic threat.
“It was purposefully done like this,” Feige added. “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?”
The statement also confirmed that the planned Spider-Man trilogy will follow the next three years of Peter Parker in high school. What happens next remains to be seen.
Heroes Will Fall
Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel will be a dark time for the MCU. Feige already hinted that the upcoming two movies will not just be a culmination of every movie thus far, it might also see the end of some fan-favorite characters.
When JoBlo asked if the battle between the Avengers and Thanos will serve as a final chapter to some of the stories, he simply stated, “Yes.”
He later expanded his answer by saying that the studio still has two years to finish the movies and, therefore, still is not thinking about the departure of some actors from the MCU. “[The actors] have a lot of hard work to do, so that’s all we’re thinking about, is completing those and delivering on the promise of those,” he explained. “Where it goes beyond that, we’ll see.”
Captain America and Iron Man are the superheroes who are expected to meet their dooms in Avengers 3 and 4.
Feige previously mentioned that there is still no blueprint for how the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will look like. For now, the only movies that are confirmed are the two sequels of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Director James Gunn will help helm whatever will become of the cinematic universe after Phase 3.
In the meantime, before Avengers: Infinity War, Peter Parker will battle the new villain Vulture (Michael Keaton) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The superhero movie also stars Zendaya, Marissa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Hannibal Buress and Donald Glover. It will land on the big screen on July 7.
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