Two years ago at this time, we sat in the tattered ruins of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony Pictures was highly ambitious about what it was going to do with a Spider-Man extended universe, and despite the critical failure of Amazing 2 and the underwhelming box office, Sony was full-speed ahead with Black Cat, Sinister Six, and Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, all while nobody seemed to care anymore. But now things are different. With the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, and their mutual agreement to share the character, we’re excited for more Spider-Man after Captain America: Civil War. But what future is there for Spidey beyond next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Apparently there are such good vibrations for the latest Spider-Man movie that Marvel and Sony are already talking about a sequel, at least according to Spider-Man himself Tom Holland. “My next project, I can’t tell you about, but we’ve just finished Spider-Man and we’re talking about the second one and who the villain is going to be and where we’re going,” Holland told WWD while doing press for his next film The Lost City of Z.
This should not be a huge story. Previously, Marvel Studios reps have talked about tackling a Spider-Man trilogy that would be akin to Harry Potter, with each year taking place during a Spidey-school year, so if Homecoming takes place during sophomore year, then part two will unfold in junior year, with part three taking place in senior year. It’s worth noting that there’s currently no place on the calendar for another Spider-Man film, in fact release dates had to be rearranged to accommodate the addition of Homecoming. If there is a new Spider-Man at work, it likely won’t be seen until after the current slate of Marvel films runs its course in May 2019 with Avengers 4.
Speaking of Avengers, what will Spider-Man’s role in the soon-to-begin-shooting Avengers: Infinity War be? Not even Holland knows. “It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is,” Holland told Variety. He may be playing it cool, but come on, would they go to Infinity War without Spider-Man? No way.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will spin its way into theatres on July 7, 2017.