As Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange winds down filming, the studio is gearing up to embark on an unprecedented co-production that marks one of its biggest movies yet: Spider-Man. As part of a landmark deal, Marvel and Sony Pictures are teaming up to produce a new Spider-Man reboot while Marvel enjoys the right to use this new Spider-Man character in its various films. As you well know, Tom Holland’s new iteration of Peter Parker makes his debut next month in Captain America: Civil War, but while the Spider-Man reboot remains untitled, its name may have just been revealed.
The eagle-eyed folks at BBC (via Empire) noticed that Sony registered the domain name SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com late last week, signaling that Spider-Man: Homecoming could very well be the title of this new Spider-Man picture. While domain names aren’t a 100% reliable source of insider info, this is how we learned the title of Skyfall, another Sony movie, and has led to more than a few scoops over the years.
So what’s the significance of Homecoming? Well first and foremost, it refers to a comic book storyline that also featured the characters of Captain America and Iron Man, which means we could see Chris Evans and/or Robert Downey Jr. pop up in the standalone Spidey picture. The story of Homecoming in the comics found Spidey and Curt Connors arriving back home via a portal, followed shortly by the Avengers, as Spider-Man goes about patrolling the city and finding out what his new costume can do. That comic also marks the first appearance of the venom suit in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man and features the character of Black Cat, but Marvel has rarely adapted a comics storyline verbatim, so if Homecoming is indeed the title, we can’t guarantee which aspects of the comic will make their way to the screen. Again, the title of Homecoming isn’t confirmed, but it does make quite a bit of sense.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously revealed that his intention with this new Spider-Man film is to tell a high school-set Spider-Man story, which was further bolstered by the casting of 19-year-old Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Cop Car helmer Jon Watts is directing the film with Marisa Tomei and Zendaya set as part of the ensemble, and we should be hearing much more casting news shortly as the film’s summer production start-date approaches.
The new Spider-Man film is slated for release on July 7, 2017. For more, peruse our recent links below:
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