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Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming

There are about fifty thousand reasons to be excited for Captain America: Civil War, and about half of those reasons have something to do with being introduced to our brand new Spider-Man. Tom Holland will take up the mantle for the first time next week, making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to finally rub shoulders with all of our favourite Avengers in a move that is sure to send fans into fits of frenzy. But the Spider-Man/Avengers fun doesn’t end there.

Robert Downey Jr. has been confirmed to be appearing in the upcoming Spider-Man solo film, set for release in 2017, after striking a deal to extend his contract beyond the two Infinity War movies, in a similar vein to his agreement to star in Civil War. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark helped to set the stage for the MCU way back in 2008, so it makes sense that he would be the character that will help ease Spidey into proceedings at this late stage.

Picture: Marvel Studios

Picture: Marvel Studios

There is no confirmation how big a role Downey Jr. will take on but it is safe to assume that it will amount to more than just a glorified cameo. It’s a smart move from Marvel, which will help the film differentiate itself from the previous two Spider-Man franchises as well as help drum up even more box office revenue, as the most popular cinematic Avenger crosses paths with one of the most well-known comic book characters of all time.

Details have been scarce on Spider-Man’s first solo venture in the MCU, except that the movie is officially titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car) and definitely WON’T be an origin story. I’m not sure how many more times audiences can be subjected to the death of Uncle Ben without be completely desensitised to its emotional impact all together, so again, another smart move from Marvel. This will be our third incarnation of the character in 15 years, the ordinary movie-going audience are familiar enough with the character to jump straight into the thick of Spider-Man stories without being laboured by having to show Peter Parker slowly get used to his powers.

Picture: Marvel Studios

Picture: Marvel Studios

So, next year, we will be treated to Marvel’s long awaited first take on Spider-Man in a film that won’t be an origin story, that is headed up by a young talented director, and also stars the biggest actor on the planet right now. Marvel need to stop trying to outdo themselves, they are embarrassing the competition.

Until 2017, you can catch Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in cinemas from next week in Captain America: Civil War.

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