Spider-Man Will Be the Lead Character of Marvel's Phase Four, Says Kevin Feige

Monday, 26 June 2017 - 1:08PM
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Monday, 26 June 2017 - 1:08PM
Spider-Man Will Be the Lead Character of Marvel's Phase Four, Says Kevin Feige
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Marvel is fast approaching the biggest crossroads of the studio's history: now that many of the big-name actor contracts that were written up almost a decade ago are nearing completion (including Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, and Chris Hemsworth), Marvel is looking to Spider-Man to carry the MCU on his shoulders. According to Kevin Feige, Tom Holland's webhead will be turning up in a lot of important movies going forward, and we ought to get used to seeing him on an annual basis as his movies begin to define the MCU. Holland will be popping up in a lot of crossover movies within the MCU, which will then set up the plot for his solo adventures:

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"So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?"
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It almost sounds as if Peter Parker will be taking on the role traditionally filled by Tony Stark, which certainly does make sense as to why there's so much Stark in HomecomingIron Man has long been the glue that holds the MCU together, showing up in Avengers movies as well as Captain America: Civil War, when not having his own fun in solo movies. Now, though, with Marvel finally having access to a character that's traditionally been far more popular in his own right, it makes sense for Marvel to go with the young, contracted Tom Holland to help define the future of the franchise. According to Feige:

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"It was purposefully done like this. Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?"
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Meanwhile, it really does look like Sony and Marvel have pulled out all the stops to make Homecoming feel as much a part of the MCU as possible, despite being made by two studios. A new cast list for the movie has confirmed rumors that Gwyneth Paltrow will be reprising her role as Pepper Potts.

Considering that Homecoming might be one of the last Stark-heavy movies that Marvel makes, it's worth assuming that this movie will aim to give Tony and Pepper a more complete resolution to their romantic story arc, one way or the other. Either way, it looks like everything's in place to let Tony Stark pass his mantle over to Peter Parker, as the wall crawler becomes the new center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let's just hope that doesn't involve Peter trying to grow a fluffy little teenage Stark goatee.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits US theaters July 7th, 2017.
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