It has been almost two years since Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced their deal to get Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Officially, the deal was announced as a one-for-one agreement. Spider-Man would appear in a Marvel Studios movie distributed by Disney (which ended up being Captain America: Civil War) and Marvel Studios would produce a Spider-Man solo film (now called Spider-Man: Homecoming) to be distributed by Sony. It appears, as most of us assumed, that deal has been extended.
While speaking with Variety at the New York Film Festival, Spidey himself, Tom Holland, could not say for sure that he will appear in Avengers: Infinity War or its untitled follow-up, but it sounds likely.
“It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
This is not an official confirmation that Spider-Man will appear in either of the next two Avengers films, but remember that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has previously said that all the deals for the actors the studio wants for those films are in place. He just didn’t specifically say that Spider-Man was definitely one of those deals.
With all the excitement around Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War earlier this year and Spider-Man: Homecoming next year, it’s hard to imagine the Web-Slinger not making into the next Avengers movie(s). Marvel is keeping the character tied closely to the rest of the goings on in the MCU by including Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in Homecoming. It’s not officially official until there’s an announcement, but it feels like a safe bet.
Speaking of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Holland also shared some thoughts on his experience in the costume for a full shoot and doing a lot of his own stunts (without dismissing the efforts of his doubles).
“The suit’s not the greatest thing, but sometimes when it’s uncomfortable, you just have to remind yourself of the long list of actors that would love to be in that suit and you just go, ‘do you know what, f**k it. I’m the luckiest kid alive. ‘I deserve to be here and I’m going to give it my best.’
“I did as many [of the stunts] as I could, but there are some things legally that I couldn’t do. There were stunt doubles who were all very, very talented guys who really supported me throughout the process. Whenever there was a stunt that I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable about, they would step in and show my how to do it, and coach me through the process.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due in theaters on July 7, 2017 with Avengers: Infinity War following on May 4, 2018. The still untitled fourth Avengers movie is set for May 3, 2019.