Spider-Man: Homecoming is casting great actors to fill all the roles in Spidey’s universe. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the long awaited solo movie return for the web crawler that everyone has been missing since his last incarnation on screen, even though that was just two years ago, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But 2 years is too long for Spider-Man’s legions of super fans. And now that Spider-Man is being played by a new actor, is wearing a new suit, and is much younger, superhero faithful want to see if this new take on Spidey, played by Tom Holland, will prove to be definitive and long-lasting on screen. Fans also want to know who will join him for the solo flick.
There isn’t one day that Avengers fans haven’t lamented Spider-Man’s absence from previous Marvel Studios films. Now that he is finally here, he is likely to bombard fans with movie appearances and merchandise for the foreseeable future. Who better to act alongside Spider-Man than the former Batman, Michael Keaton? Keaton’s role hasn’t been revealed. It could be dear old Uncle Ben, but according to Variety, he will more likely be filling the role of a villain, and that villain will probably be the weird Vulture.
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In more recent casting news, Deadline reports that Tony Revolori from the award-winning Grand Budapest Hotel and Dope will play Spider-Man’s high school nemesis. But, Revolori’s taunting will remain in the high school realm, because he won’t be playing a supervillain. Fresh faced Laura Harrier from classic soap opera One Life to Live will also be joining the cast. Her role is still unknown, but she does have the looks for a great Mary Jane Watson. Marisa Tomei will be playing Aunt May, though she will either be a younger incarnation than what lies in comic book pages, or just have an incredible makeup job. Multi-talented entertainer Zendaya will also be on board. There’s no telling who she will play, but she could make a great Gwen Stacy.
Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei will both appear in Captain America: Civil War. Their scenes together may leave hints about what to expect in Spider-Man: Homecoming. But Homecoming will largely be a Sony film. Marvel is only there to supply the superheroes and the creative direction. Spider-Man is helping to bridge the gap between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, but neither company is totally letting the other have their way with Spider-Man’s path. In any case, Iron Man is rumored to be in Homecoming, and he probably won’t be the only other Avenger on set.
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But the real fun will start when Spider-Man and Hulk come face-to-face on screen. In the comics, Spider-Man was one of the few superheroes capable of surviving a Hulk temper tantrum. No matter how angry Hulk got, Spider-Man was so nimble as to slip just out of reach. The times when they squared off against each other were classic moments in comic book history. Hulk is currently waiting to re-appear in Thor: Ragnarok, the buddy movie of 2017, wherein Thor and Hulk will cruise the universe together.
For those wondering why Spider-Man is being rebooted again, even before The Amazing Spider-Man was able to get a third movie, it has to do with deadlines on character properties, along with Sony wanting to get rid of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. The rights to Marvel characters will only stay with another company like Fox and Sony if they keep the character or characters active in films. If they miss the deadline to create another movie, the character goes back to Marvel. The deal for Spider-Man worked out well for Sony since it allows Sony to miss the deadline for a new movie while still keeping the rights to the Spider-Man franchise. But, in return, Marvel can also use the character.
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Ultimately, it’s the fans that are winning. Marvel gets to add its stamp of authenticity onto the character while Sony exercises its movie production muscle. If all goes well, Spider-Man: Homecoming will only be the first in a series of new Spider-Man movies.
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