Another lil’ tyke has been added to Peter Parker’s entourage. After Tom Holland debuted as Marvel’s latest web-slinger in Captain America: Civil War, the cast for his solo venture, Spider-Man: Homecoming, takes further shape with the addition of Michael Barbieri.
Heroic Hollywood was the first to report the news (deadline confirms) and states the actor will play one of Peter’s friends. According to a more detailed report from ComicBook.com, this friend is a new spin on Ganke, the best friend of a different Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics.
Barbieri is hitting the ground running. His feature film debut, Ira Sach’s New York-set Little Men, hasn’t even hit theaters yet and he already has a part in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. He joined a cast that includes Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the infamous Man in Black.
As for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal as part of the studios’ joint agreement, Barbieri will be surrounded by Robert Downey Jr. returning as Iron Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton (assuming the negotiations stick this time), Disney Channel star Zendaya, and The Grand Budapest Hotel star Tony Revolori, among others. Jon Watts (Cop Car) directs from a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Plot details are currently unknown, though the word “Homecoming” was uttered by Daniel Bruhl’s Xemo as one of The Winter Soldier’s trigger words in Captain America: Civil War. The film also saw Tony Stark equipping Peter with a bunch of new high-tech gadgets to aid in his crime fighting, and one would assume he’ll play a mentoring role in this next chapter.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for theaters on July 7, 2017.