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All eyes are on the casting process for the new Spider-Man, the young actor who will carry the mantle of the web-slinging hero into his next solo film and through other appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is sort of big deal, and Spider-Man himself still looks likely to make his first full appearance in next spring’s Captain America: Civil War (rumors that casting was taking place recently in Atlanta, where Civil War is currently filming further suggests this), but fans have been eager to see if hints will be made in upcoming Marvel projects. Some shrewd fans got the better of the internet with a faux scene that was supposedly the end credits tag for Avengers: Age of Ultron of Spider-Man yelling at a window washer, but as it turns out you may not have to wait for Civil War to get your Spider-fix.

According to Latino-Review (via Geek Tyrant) who are typically reliable about this sort of thing, Spider-Man and associated characters and/or groups will be a hot topic and/or subject of conversation in Ant-Man, the next big thing (pun intended) from Marvel Studios coming out later this summer.

“We’ve heard an unconfirmed rumor there is “lots of” talk of/references to Spider-Man and OsCorp in the current version of Ant-Man.”

Hardly surprising. With additional rumors about plot points involving the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. and appearances from a young Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and the young-ish Howard Stark (John Slattery), Ant-Man was already shaping up to an Easter egg-filled jaunt through the past of the MCU. Sneaking in a few references to Spidey was likely no big deal as writing was still going on when the film started shooting. And with negotiations between Marvel and Sony in progress at the time over use of the character, it would be believable enough if Marvel hedged their bets by filming some Spidey-related dialogue they could easily edit it if the deal went through.

As for the nitty-gritty concerning who might play Spider-Man (Asa Butterfield remains the frontrunner), the eyes of the nerdiverse turns to who might direct the next Spider-Man film when his turn comes around two summers hence. Deadline reports today that from the final field of five, the choice is more-or-less down to Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). However, Jon Watts of the Sundance hit Cop Car now seems to be a party in the race, and Vacation remake filmmakers John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein are also not completely out of the running yet.

Safe money says that Marvel and Sony are trying to lock someone down before Comic Con. Even though Marvel will seemingly have no presence there this year (at least on the movie side) it would still be a good way to steal the thunder of anyone else (DC Entertainment) looking to make a splash in San Diego.

The as of yet untitled Spider-Man reboot will be in theaters everywhere in July 2017.

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