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Iron Man is coming to the Spider-Man movie

Iron Man and Spider-Man

Following his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man will head back to his sad and lonely home at Sony Pictures, where he will next appear in his solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. It is now confirmed that he won’t be alone though, and fellow Civil War and Marvel alum Iron Man will join him.

Variety is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to appear in the film as Tony Stark, although how big a role he will play is unclear. Given that Sony is attempting to relaunch Spider-Man for a third time, having Iron Man in the film is a smart move, but the studio will probably want the focus to be on Tom Holland’s Spidey.

Sony and Marvel Entertainment are playing nice at the moment, but Sony still controls the rights to Spidey in film, as well as all characters specifically related to the character of Spider-Man. Prior to the most recent reboot, Sony was planning on creating several spinoffs of the franchise, including Venom and Sinister Six films. Those particular plans were scrapped, but Sony probably hasn’t just given up on the idea.

If it is Sony’s intention to create a multi-film franchise based on Spider-Man properties, it will be smart to add existing MCU characters – but Holland’s Spider-Man needs to be able to stand on his own.

In the new Spider-Man film, Iron Man could show up and help Spidey with some technology, or maybe just give advice. That would nicely connect Spidey to the MCU; anything more would take away from the hero of the film.

Downey Jr.’s appearance suggests that the Iron Man/Spider-Man relationship is closer to their relationship in the Ultimate line, with Peter Parker looking up to, even slightly idolizing Stark. In the main Marvel line, the two did have a slightly mentor/student connection (or more accurately an employer/employee relationship), but both were established heroes at the time of the Civil War comics. Given Holland’s age and the relative inexperience of the MCU’s Spider-Man, the MCU version seems more in line with the Ultimate line.

Downey Jr. joins the project just as talks with Michael Keaton broke down. Keaton was said to be considering playing the villain (possibly Vulture, but that was a rumor upon a rumor). The film will also feature Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, and Tony Revolor.

Spider-Man: homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.

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