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A couple weeks ago, fans were confused when Tom Holland said “a deal was in the mix” for him to play Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, but he could not confirm that he will definitely be in the film. Fans had assumed that Spider-Man would be in all Marvel team-up films from now on, but that was never the actual deal between Marvel Studios and Sony. That deal, as Kevin Feige confirmed in an interview with Collider was a one-for-one proposition, but it’s at least opened the door for additional films like Avengers: Infinity War.

“We’re figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man: Homecoming just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.”

Officially, Spider-Man is not confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War or its untitled Avengers follow-up, but the character shouldn’t be ruled out either. Just don’t expect Feige or anyone else to give away that information before they’re ready.

“It is I would say that is part of the surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything one way or another.”

Whatever deal needs to be worked out between Marvel Studios, Sony, and Tom Holland could have the gift of time. Feige laid out the production schedule for Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth Avengers movie and depending on when Spider-Man’s potential scenes (if he has any) would need to be filmed, it could be several months before Holland is needed on set.

Well without being super specific cameras start rolling in January and will continue rolling in some form or another through October, November.”

That is a long stretch of time and any Spider-Man scenes could be inserted at any point along the way. Plus, Marvel Studios always does additional photography on its films after production so depending on the size of Spidey’s role in either of the upcoming Avengers movies, Holland could film his scenes after principal photography. It’s doubtful Marvel would wait that long to get Holland involved, but not impossible.

Official confirmation or not, the smart money is still on Spider-Man showing up in one or both of the Avengers movies being filmed next year. It’s the biggest event in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it’s hard to imagine Marvel’s most popular character not being part of the action.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is due in theaters May 4, 2018 with the untitled fourth Avengers movie set to follow on May 3, 2019.