When a deal was sealed with Sony to bring Spider-Man’s film rights into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), fans around the world rejoiced and could hardly contain their excitement. He first showed up in Captain America: Civil War and will now get his first solo film next year with Spider-Man: Homecoming, but that is only the beginning. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige believes that there may actually be another “Harry Potter” on their hands.
Now, before everyone freaks out and thinks that Marvel is planning on doing something magical and mystical with the Spider-Man franchise, that is anything but accurate.
When yet another reboot of the Spider-Man franchise was called for, Feige and Marvel decided to bring Peter Parker back to a true high school age. It’s certainly working, but there are plans for more than one solo film in that franchise and Marvel isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again.”
So, with the pure and immense popularity of Holland as Spider-Man, it’s only going to get bigger after Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017. Once a sequel hits, he may still be in high school or he may jump ahead a year or two to after his graduation.
For their inspiration, Feige and Marvel turned to another fantastic film franchise and decided to take a page out of their book.
“Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies.”
As if Marvel wasn’t already doing things in perfect fashion, to take an idea from the Harry Potter franchise is quite brilliant. Sure, it may seem like a simple formula, but JK Rowling knew what she was doing with her storytelling and it worked phenomenally.
Not only does this make sense but it gives fans a lot more time with Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Making matters even more exciting is that at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016, concept art was revealed for Spider-Man: Homecoming and confirmed that Michael Keaton’s villain character will be Vulture. Not just that, but his suit makes a lot more sense as it isn’t natural but full of futuristic technology that is incredibly awesome as Screen Rant reported.
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Tom Holland has only had the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man for about 30 minutes of screen time, but fans already love the casting choice. Marvel and Kevin Feige have a lot of leeway with what they want to do as he’s been able to prove that his ideas work. If he thinks that taking the new Spider-Man franchise and using the Harry Potter series format to make the story truly work, then that’s what they’re going to do.
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