Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are headed back to high school. The writing duo who penned Spider-Man: Homecoming are being tapped by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to write the sequel. All parties are in final negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, set for July 5, 2019, will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Phase 3 (and a 22-movie narrative) concludes with Untitled Avengers on May 3 that same year. That’s just a little extra pressure for McKenna and Sommers on top of following their current Spider-Man film, which is a massive hit set to eclipse $800 million worldwide after releasing in China next week.
Both Sony and Marvel believe they are up to the task. Each studio has already hired the pair to script other films. Sony brought them in for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle while Marvel Studios had them write Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is currently in production and releases on July 6, 2018.
That means McKenna and Sommers will have three Marvel Studios films in three years. At this rate, they could become the new Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (the writers behind all three Captain America films, Thor: The Dark World, and each of the next two Avengers movies). Obviously, there’s still plenty of catching up to do, but it’s an impressive start for McKenna and Sommers.