After the sequel to next year’s Avengers: Infinity War (previously titled Avengers: Infinity War pt. II) there are only two movies that have been confirmed and only one with a release date, the sequel to this July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is being referred to as Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 for ease-of-use/laziness. With all of the news surrounding Sony’s Marvel Universe and whether or not it’s part of the MCU (Spoiler Alert: It’s not) one piece of news that came out over the weekend says more about the future of the web-slinger than any awkward interviews between Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige ever could.
According to Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, there’s a reason that Homecoming 2 is the only film with a release date and the first film that’ll be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 and unlike any utterances from Pascal, it could actually mean a lot for the future of the MCU. According to Feige, with Homecoming 2 coming out only two months after Avengers 4, it’s really a way to kick-start a new iteration of their universe.
“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, 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?” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an interview this weekend. “So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”
While Feige is known to pick his words extremely carefully, because he has to, this sounds a lot like there’s going to be some massive changes happening in the next two Avengers films (and by massive changes, we mean massive deaths). Considering the fact that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man is only contracted for one more stand-alone following Homecoming 2 and you may think that it’d be odd for a studio as massive as Marvel to base its entire post-Thanos plans on a character they may not have the rights to. This must mean that considering the near perfect early reviews for Homecoming means that Sony is more than happy to continue allowing Marvel to do all of the heavy lifting, creatively, for its biggest franchise. While the sequel is still years out it looks like Feige and company already have a plot in mind for the sequel.
“It was purposefully done like this,” Feige continued. “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?”
Sounds like they do plan on keeping Holland’s Spider-Man around for a lot longer than the five films he’s been contracted for, considering he’s actually contracted for a third stand-alone film with Sony and perhaps it’s just a matter of timing for Marvel and Sony (or a matter of seeing how people react to his first full film at the Box Office). When it comes to the other films in the MCU and what to expect for the rest of this “grounded, realistic” phase, Feige continued…
“I hope [the news comes] after that, I think there will be certain elements that start to come about, not the least of which is the already announced release date of the next Spider-Man film. But other than that we’re going to keep it very close to the vest because this is really about focusing on the unprecedented conclusion to a 22-movie overarching narrative.”
So, outside of the fact that we know that Spider-Man will be a major part of the MCU after the next two Avengers films, there’s very little else that we know about the future of the MCU. The fact that there’s going to be a change to how the MCU operates, namely in the way the Avengers operate, does imply that at least one major character will die in Avengers 4. Why would Spider-Man need to step in as a junior or senior in high school if the likes of Tony Stark or Steve Rogers were still around?
Either way, there’s still plenty of villains to go around for Spider-Man in the MCU and considering the fact that the only other film that has been confirmed is Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, the perfect situation would be that Feige and company would treat Infinity War like the Secret Wars story arc from the comics in the 1980’s. After the events of Infinity War, Peter could return to earth for what sounds like his Junior/Senior year in High School with a brand new, black suit. Considering the announcement of next year’s Venom, it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case after all and that’s really too bad. With the roller coaster of emotions people have been feeling since Pascal’s comments about Venom taking place in Spider-Man’s world, and then her clarification, the one thing we as fans can latch onto right now is that Spider-Man, at the very least, will be a big part of the MCU for years to come. That’s good enough for those who have waited their entire lives for this.