Spider-Man: Homecoming is almost in theaters, so you might be wondering when the sequel is coming out. The next Spider-Man movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will hit theaters on July 5, 2019, two days shy of Homecoming‘s two-year anniversary.
Homecoming is the sixth Spider-Man movie, but the first to take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was produced by Sony, but with Disney’s Marvel Studios taking the lead creatively. It stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, who made his MCU debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Here’s what we know so far about the Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 project. Warning: Spoilers for Homecoming follow.
1. It Won’t Be Called ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming 2’ or Have ‘2’ in the Title
Internally, Disney’s Marvel Studios and Sony are referring to Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, but that’s not what the final title will be. Marvel chief Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the former Sony executive who is producing the film for the studio, told Collider that the film will be called “Spider-Man: Subtitle” with no “2” in the title.
Of course, the new film won’t just be called Spider-Man 2, since that’s already taken by Sam Raimi’s acclaimed 2004 movie. And the only MCU films to have numbers in the titles are the Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy sequels.
Feige and Pascal also told Collider that they plan on starting production in April or May 2018.
2. Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man Won’t Be the Featured MCU Character
While Marvel fans certainly know that Homecoming is part of the MCU, Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement in the film was seen as a way to make that connection clear to the general public. Since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War established Peter Parker’s strong relationship with Iron Man/Tony Stark, it seemed only fair that he be in Homecoming. However, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources said that Downey won’y be involved in Homecoming 2. Instead, the new film will feature a different MCU character, but we still don’t know who that will be.
“Suddenly this goes from being a third reincarnation and a sixth movie to a first,” Feige told THR. “It’s the first time Spider-Man gets to interact with the world in which he belongs.”
For those wondering, THR reports that Homecoming was produced by Sony, but Marvel had complete creative control. The budget was kept down to $175 million (much lower than The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s $265 million). Sony and Disney made the unprecedented deal in February 2015.
“It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing,” Feige told THR. “Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”
3. ‘Homecoming 2’ Will Start Right After ‘Avengers 4’
In an interview with Fandom, Pascal said that Homecoming 2 will take place just after Avengers 4, which is scheduled for release on May 3, 2019. Spidey will be featured in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens in May 4, 2018, with about as much screentime as he had in Civil War.
“What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story,” Pascal explained.
In that same interview, Feige and Pascal tried to find the best way to say that Venom and some other Spidey-verse characters won’t appear in the MCU movies. Pascal said those characters exist in the “same reality,” but they’ll never actually be in an MCU-related Spider-Man movie. Feige called this the “perfect answer.”
Then, Feige emphatically told Variety that Tom Holland won’t appear in the Tom Hardy Venom movie.
Pascal herself later clarified to Fandango’s Erik Davis that Venom, Black Cat and other Spidey-verse characters are not part of the Marvel cinematic universe. She meant to only say that the characters are part of the same comic universe.
4. Holland Is Signed to 3 ‘Spider-Man’ Movies
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland was signed for three Spider-Man MCU movies. However, there is the “intention” to feature him in the other Marvel films (he’ll definitely be in Infinity War) and other spinoffs.
“Marvel is so good at [working around your schedule],” Holland told THR. “They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and yeah, they try and fix it up so you can work.”
Notably, Michael Keaton, whose Vulture character does survive the movie, is only signed for Homecoming.
5. Sony Is Planning Other Spider-Man Movies Outside the MCU
As previously noted, Sony is working on other films in the Spidey-verse, but these aren’t going to connect to the MCU. It might be confusing to audiences, but these films aren’t expected to include Spider-Man himself.
The first film will be Venom, featuring one of Spider-Man’s most famous villains. Back in May, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Tom Hardy, who earned an Oscar nomination for The Revenant, will star. Ruben Fleisher, who directed Zombieland and Gangster Squad, will direct.
Venom opens on October 5, 2018.
Back in March, The Hollywood Reporter also reported that Silver & Black is in the works. This film will feature the Spidey characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. The film will be written by Chris Yost (Thor: Ragnarok), based on a previous script by Lisa Joy (Westworld).
Sony has dropped plans for a Sinister Six movie, which would have featured a group of Spidey’s villains, including those who haven’t appeared in movies before.