Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is now playing in theaters nationwide. A sequel is planned for 2019, but audiences don’t have to wait that long to see Peter Parker on the big screen again; rather, Spider-Man will show up in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. So what do we know about Spider-Man’s role in the next Avengers film?
Well, although Spider-Man will be in that movie, it sounds like his part won’t be all that significant. After all, in a recent interview with Fandango, Marvel President Kevin Feige says that Spider-Man has about as much screen time in Avengers: Infinity War as he did in Captain America: Civil War.
“I think it might feel bigger a little bit because of Homecoming and because of what people know from it, but it’s about on par with [Civil War],” Feige said.
In Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker only has about 10 minutes of screen time across two sequences. The first is when Iron Man goes to visit Peter Parker at his apartment in Queens, and the second is when Spider-Man participants in the airport battle. Spider-Man is on Tony Stark’s side in the fight, and he does get some memorable moments, such as when he helps topple a giant Ant-Man by wrapping web around his legs. But by the end of the fight, Spider-Man collapses in exhaustion, and we never see him again for the rest of the movie.
If Spider-Man only has about that amount of screen time in Infinity War, that implies that he’s probably a part of the battle but doesn’t really get upgraded to a major player on par with Iron Man, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk.
In fact, Tom Holland has a small enough role in Avengers: Infinity War that he doesn’t even know what the plot of the movie is. He said in an interview with the Toronto Sun that that Marvel doesn’t let him read the script because they’re worried he’s going to accidentally spoil something.
“I don’t know anything about it or what it’s about. I know who the villain is, but that’s it,” Holland told The Toronto Sun. “They don’t let me read anything because I’m so bad at keeping secrets.”
Obviously, Holland’s role would have to be pretty small for him not to be able to gleam the overall plot of the film just from his scenes.
However, this is not to say that Spider-Man is not going to be a very significant character in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, it sounds like Infinity War is going to be a bit more concerned with dealing with the characters we’ve been following since the beginning of the series, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, one of whom may even be killed off in the movie.
But Marvel seems to see Spider-Man as one of the most important characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward, as evidenced by the fact that the very next movie after Avengers 4 is the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. Marvel President Kevin Feige has said that they thought it was a good idea to have Spider-Man shepherd fans into the next era of the series.
“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?” Feige told Superhero Hype. “So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4th, 2018. It will be followed up for a fourth, untitled Avengers film on May 3rd, 2019. Then, the untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel will be released on July 5th, 2019.