Jon Watts is Returning to Direct the 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 7:45PM
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 7:45PM
Jon Watts is Returning to Direct the 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel
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Clearly Marvel knows a good thing when they've got it, and that good thing is currently Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony and Marvel don't plan to let Jon Watts roam free and make any more niche indie films starring Kevin Bacon (i.e. his 2015 film Cop Car). Instead it's back to the grindstone, as Watts is in talks to direct the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, his first movie for Marvel and his first big franchise film. This is bad news for fans of Cop Car, but good news for everyone else - especially those who enjoyed Watts' first tour of duty with Marvel's web-slinger.

With Homecoming receiving fairly solid reviews, it makes sense for Marvel to want to double down on the director, although the studio will likely be hoping that the follow-up movie manages to avoid the 70% second week box office drop-off that Homecoming has endured. Currently, all we know about the sequel is that Homecoming 2 won't be the final title, and that it will start right where Avengers 4 ends.

The move to get Watts back for another movie hints at the increasing trust that Marvel is placing in its directors - for a while following Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2, the studio seemed incredibly paranoid about letting a single director make more than one movie within the MCU, instead opting to regularly cycle out creators in order to produce a more homogeneous set of films (although Favreau was allowed to return as his character Happy Hogan, who recently appeared in Homecoming). 



Luckily, Marvel has since wizened up to the fact that making the same movie over and over doesn't really wow audiences, and that different comic book heroes require a different tone and style in order to shine. With Watts drawing inspiration from various other classic teen movies, his approach fits the subject matter than, say, a gritty political thriller from the Russo Brothers, who've been given several MCU movies now. This isn't to say that Anthony and Joe wouldn't do a good job with a Spider-Man project, but simply that Marvel's willing to double down on Watts now that he's proven himself capable of handling Spidey.

And even if the Homecoming series (whatever it ultimately gets known as) doesn't quite reach the same level of unique character and voice that we got during the Sam Raimi years, that's not a big deal if Marvel isn't interested in making quirky artistic movies. Jon Watts' focus on making Peter Parker's world feel genuine and diverse has given his movie a unique enough voice for Marvel to be able to run with it, and that works.

What matters is that Homecoming is more popular than Amazing Spider-Man 2. The series is back on the rise, and another film from Watts should be just what's needed to cement the revived franchise's place among the superhero community.

The untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is scheduled to come out July 5, 2019.

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