After years of waiting, Spider-Man is now firmly a key figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and it looks like things are going to stay that way for at least the next few years. Not only has the character been confirmed for a significant part in the next two Avengers titles, but it's also been revealed that Marvel and Sony are already planning a sequel for the webslinger -- a project we're temporarily calling Spider-Man: Homecoming 2.
So, what can we expect from this sequel? When will it be released? Which characters will return? What will it be about? We've built this feature with the exact purpose of answering those questions, so read on to learn what we know so far about the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming!
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. If you have not yet seen the films, and don't wish to have any specific details ruined, please bookmark this page and come back after your screening!
While Marvel Studios has always been a house of secrets, what they have planned beyond the untitled Avengers 4 has mostly been kept under lock and key. This is primarily so that fans have no idea what to expect in the outcome of The Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel... but you'll notice that I said "mostly" earlier. This is because the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently one of only two Marvel Cinematic Universe projects scheduled after May 2019, with the other being Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for sometime in 2020.
To be specific, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have jointly announced that Peter Parker's next solo adventure will be hitting the big screen on July 5, 2019. As such, it will be the first title to kick off Phase 4 -- if that's even still a thing after the fourth Avengers movie. It's noteworthy how close the release dates are for The Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, but there's a good reason for that, and we'll get into it in a bit.
Between 2004 and 2007, Marvel Comics did published Spider-Man issues that had a more mature edge to them (specifically under their 'Marvel Knights' banner), but that's hardly the Spidey that audiences recognize. The web-head is famously kid friendly and fun, and there are no future plans to release an R-rated title featuring the character.
While it's fine for Sony's Venom spin-off to be restricted to those aged 18 years or older, having an R-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man film really just wouldn't make any sense. There are a whole lotta kids out there who just flipped their collective lids for Tom Holland's new big screen version of the wall-crawler, and it would be insane to bar them from getting to see his second solo adventure in the franchise. Obviously, official decisions regarding the rating are only decided when a final cut is assembled and screened for the MPAA, but you can be sure that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will be made with a PG-13 rating in mind.
Following the Sundance premiere of his critically-acclaimed sophomore feature, Cop Car, director Jon Watts was brought on board to take the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was a decision met with a good deal of head-scratching, given Watts' lack of experience with big projects -- but he wound up proving all doubters wrong. He provided fans with a great Spidey full of energy and spirit... but we're not quite sure right now if he'll get the chance to do it again. At the beginning of 2018, during Brazil's Comic-Con, reports came out that Kevin Feige announced Watts' return as director during the Marvel panel, but no official news on the subject had come out by June 2018.
While the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel has yet to make any official decisions regarding its director, Jon Watts is certainly a front-runner for the gig. His first superhero movie was not only monstrously successful at the box office, but also stands as one of the best-reviewed installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Given that production isn't scheduled to gear up until summer 2018, there is still some time for this decision to be made, but one can predict Marvel and Sony going with the obvious choice.