Ever since Marvel Studios and Sony came to a deal to inject Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), things have gotten really exciting. His time in Captain America: Civil War could have been bigger, but it was an excellent debut for the web-slinger. Now, his solo film titled Spider-Man: Homecoming has an ever-growing cast, and his universe is doing the same, as a Silver Sable spin-off may be in the works.
It was just a week-and-a-half ago that three big names in Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, and Martin Starr all joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming. This week, there are two others who are climbing on board, and they are certainly not just for filler roles.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, veteran actor Bokeem Woodbine is joining the cast and he’s going to be yet another villain appearing on-screen. He could very well partner with Michael Keaton (rumored to be The Vulture) and Logan Marshall-Green in whatever Sony and Marvel have planned.
Filming just began on Spider-Man: Homecoming this week in Atlanta, and the Fargo star is heading to take part in the shoot. There is not a lot know about Woodbine’s role as of yet, but sources have confirmed he will be a villain.
Another name has joined the cast as well and that is Michael Mando of Better Call Saul. There is even less known about his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it is the addition of yet another big-name actor to what is becoming a huge summer blockbuster.
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As the cast continues to grow, it’s obvious that the addition of Spider-Man to the MCU is not going to be a one-off kind of deal. It is expected that his universe is going to get much larger as was expected with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which had Andrew Garfield in the lead role. After that film, there were expected spin-offs of Sinister Six and Venom, but that talk died out after the scrap and restart.
Many wonder if things like that are still in the works, and Screencrush has comments from Sony chief Tom Rothman which says they are. He was asked if a whole Spider-Man universe and more work with Marvel was coming, and his answers are very exciting.
“Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.”
Rothman continued on to say that Sony has the “ultimate authority,” but Marvel has been given the “creative lead.”
During the Sony email hack of 2014, Venom was one story they were planning on working on as well as The Adventures of Aunt May and Glass Ceiling, which was the tentative title of an all-female Spider-Man supporting character film.
It is possible that the talk of a Silver Sable film from years ago could be back on the schedule or idea train from Sony, especially now with Marvel’s backing.
The film is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017, and it has an absolutely stellar cast. Along with the recent additions, it will also star Marisa Tomei, Abraham Attah, Zendaya, Hannibal Buress, and Robert Downey Jr. No-one can forget the star of the whole thing as well, and that’s Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s release is now just about a year away, and it’s going to be absolutely huge for Marvel and Sony. Their partnership is one that many fans have wanted for a long time, and their patience is going to be rewarded. The casting of Michael Mando and Bokeem Woodbine only strengthens an already powerful cast, and the rumors of a Silver Sable spin-off mean Spidey’s universe is going to keep on growing.
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