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As we (wall) crawl one step closer to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming next year, information on the film has become a tangled web that's increasingly hard to follow. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood Movie Pilot is on-hand to keep you up to date with everything you need to know about Spider-Man: Homecoming in this ultimate guide, which will be updated daily with the latest Spidey news.

Spider-Man: Homecoming News, Rumors & Updates

Updated 10/18/2016:

Fans hoping to see Spider-Man fight Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War may be in for a disappointment: Tom Holland himself revealed that Spidey's appearance hasn't been confirmed yet!

However, Holland has confirmed that Marvel and Sony have already begun discussing potential ideas for a sequel, almost a year before Spider-Man: Homecoming hits cinemas.

Rumors suggest that Logan Marshall-Green's villainous character might date Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. What's still unclear, though, is whether this figure is truly evil or whether Peter simply doesn't approve of May's new squeeze and lets bias cloud his judgement. Our money's on the former.

A new Spidey set photo reveals that the Stark World Expo will make its first MCU appearance since Iron Man 2, which could play an important role in upcoming movies.

Production has moved to New York City, the spiritual home of Spider-Man and other iconic Marvel characters. One of the newly released set photos from this stage of shooting has given us our best glimpse yet of Tom Holland in costume.

Sony have begun showing interest in a character called Nightwatch, whose chequered past could make an interesting addition to the Spidey-verse in either Homecoming or future sequels.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers

While Marvel haven't released an official Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer yet, we have been given a glimpse of what the final film will look like thanks to Tom Holland's scenes in Captain America: Civil War, which can be seen above. As soon as the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is released online, come back here for a detailed breakdown explaining every easter egg, and potential storylines that the movie might explore in more depth.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Release Date

Spider-Man Homecoming's official release date is July 7, 2017, so we have a while to wait until the wallcrawler swings his way into our local cinemas, giving us plenty of time to stock up on popcorn and whatever the hell it is that spiders eat. Flies? Can people buy flies now?

Spider-Man: Homecoming Plot

[Via Marvel Studios]
[Via Marvel Studios]

The Spider-Man Homecoming plot officially released by Marvel doesn't reveal too much:

"A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios' Captain: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Fortunately, Marvel's head honcho Kevin Feige revealed more story specifics in an interview with Birth, Movies, Death, discussing the 'coming-of-age high-school' vibes that the film will have;

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” said Feige. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

Despite first seeing Tom Holland's Peter Parker appear in Captain America: Civil War, the first official poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming has given us our closest look at his costume yet, providing potential clues to the story.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Cast

A whole new cast of talented performers were assembled to star in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tom Holland will take on the eponymous role in Marvel's take on Spidey, and he'll be joined by a host of fresh faces.

— Tom Holland: After impressing critics in The Impossible and In the Heart of the Sea, Holland won the coveted role of Spider-Man, bringing a younger take on Peter Parker to the big screen.

— Michael Keaton: The former Batman has now set his sights on villainy, and is set to play the main antagonist in Spider-Man: Homecoming, whose codename is The Vulture.

— Zendaya: Disney actress Zendaya has been cast in the role of Michelle, one of Parker's classmates, although rumors suggest that this may be a codename for Spider-Man's iconic girlfriend, Mary-Jane Watson.

— Donald Glover: After voicing Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon for years, Glover has joined the cast of Homecoming in a currently unspecified role.

— Jacob Batalon: Batalon has only appeared in one film prior to Spider-Man: Homecoming, titled North Woods, but he's set to make the big time in the role of Ned Leeds, Parker's best friend and classmate.

— Laura Harrier: International model Harrier will play Liz Allan in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Parker's love interest and classmate.

— Tony Revolori: The young performer won critical acclaim for his role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, putting him in good stead for the role of Flash Thompson, Parker's rival and classmate.

— Tyne Daly: The Emmy-Award winning actress has been cast in an undisclosed role for Spider-Man: Homecoming, bringing decades of acting experience to the ensemble.

Bokeem Woodbine: After making a name for himself in the hit show Fargo, Woodbine has been cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming as The Shocker, an iconic villain from the comics.

— Marisa Tomei: Despite being one of the most well-known names in the cast, Tomei's casting as Aunt May still caused controversy when first announced, as the character is usually played by a more mature actress.

— Robert Downey Jr.: One of the most successful actors in the world, Downey Jr. will bring the eccentric wit of Tony Stark to Spider-Man: Homecoming, helping to bridge the gap between Spidey and the MCU at large.

— Jon Favreau: Iron Man director and occasional actor Favreau will reprise his MCU role as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

— Michael Chernus: Best known for playing Cal Chapman on Orange Is The New Black, Chernus has been officially cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming as the villainous Tinkerer.

— Logan Marshall-Green: Prometheus star Marshall-Green has been cast as one of the villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his identity hasn't been revealed as of yet.

— Kenneth Choi: After playing Jim Morita in the film Captain America: The First Avenger, Choi will return to the MCU in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Parker's high school principal.

— Angourie Rice: Rumored to be playing either Betty Brant or Gwen Stacy, Rice is set for big things in Spider-Man: Homecoming after impressing in the Shane Black comedy The Nice Guys.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Characters

With a history spanning over fifty years in the comics, Peter Parker has developed a huge supporting cast, which means that Spider-Man: Homecoming is chock full of characters who will play friends and foes alike.

[Via Marvel Studios]
[Via Marvel Studios]

— Peter Parker/Spider-Man: 15-year-old Peter Parker has to deal with a constant bombardment of super villains, as well as your standard teenage woes, including homework and dating.

The Vulture: Adrian Toomes uses a special harness that enables him to fly and grants the wearer super strength, which he uses to commit crimes under the alias The Vulture.

— Michelle: Little is know about this new creation for Spider-Man: Homecoming, except that Michelle is one of Parker's smartest classmates thanks to her love of reading.

— Ned Leeds: Parker's best friend will be around the same age as him in Spider-Man: Homecoming; but later, there's a possibility that he could become a Daily Bugle reporter like his comic book counterpart.

— Liz Allan: Parker's love interest and classmate actually debuted the same time as Spider-Man himself; but she often plays second tier to the likes of Gwen Stacy and Mary-Jane Watson.

— Flash Thompson: In the comics, Flash and Peter eventually put aside their differences for the most part. But in Spider-Man: Homecoming, their rivalry will come to the fore during the film's high school scenes.

— May Parker: After Spider-Man's parents die and Uncle Ben's life is taken, Aunt May does everything in her power to give Peter a chance in life, always putting him before her own needs.

— Tony Stark/Iron Man: Billionaire genius and all round kick-ass superhero Tony Stark established a strong bond with Peter that will be explored in more depth within Spider-Man: Homecoming, as Iron Man helps him come to terms with what it means to be a hero.

— Happy Hogan: Wherever Tony Stark goes, Happy Hogan, his Head of Security, isn't far behind, proving his loyalty as one of Iron Man's most trusted allies.

— Phineas Mason/Tinkerer: While he possesses no superhuman abilities of his own, the Tinkerer is a genius engineer who has created a number of deadly contraptions that have proved to be a thorn in Spider-Man's side over the years.

— Betty Brant: Starting out as a key love interest of Peter's, Betty has receded in the background over the years, although she has remained a constant in Parker's life.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Spinoff

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[Via Marvel Comics]

Before Spider-Man officially joined the MCU last year, Sony had plans to develop spin-off movies from the beloved property, including Sinister Six, Venom and even a solo venture for Aunt May.

However, now that Peter Parker is no longer attached exclusively to Sony, it looks like Marvel will create a number of Spider-Man: Homecoming spin-offs in the future that expand the Spidey-Verse within the MCU. The project is in the early stages of development, but our fingers are crossed for the cinematic debut of Spider-Gwen!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Theories

An Instagram picture recently shared by director Jon Watts could hint at how the Shocker will be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The image is taken from Amazing Spider-Man #578, where the Shocker attacks a subway car containing Peter Parker and a group of jurors on a case against a mobster called Giacomo, who wants them dead.

Set photos of Spider-Man saving a redhead on set have led to speculation that the scene stars Mary-Jane Watson, Parker's primary love interest in the comics. The only problem is that the actor depicted in these shots isn't Zendaya, the young starlet who's been heavily rumored to play Mary-Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Could someone else play Ms Watson instead or is this just a random young woman who happens to have red hair?

While it's been confirmed that the Shocker, the Vulture and the Tinkerer will all take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in Homecoming, Logan Marshall-Green's villainous role currently remains a mystery, leading many to speculate that he could cameo as the Green Goblin or another ones of Peter's most iconic foes.

Out of all the Spider-Man: Homecoming theories currently circling the web, none have us more excited than the possibility that Chris Evans may play a small role in the film as Captain America.

Where To Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming Online

Currently, there are no streaming services which will allow you to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming online, as the film hasn't hit theatres yet. As soon as the webslinger crawls his way onto home media though, we'll be the first to let you know the best places to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming in full online.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Merchandise

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[Via Marvel Studios]

As one of the most popular superheroes of all time, Marvel have produced an overwhelming amount of Spidey tie-in products over the years. As the film's release date draws nearer, more and more Spider-Man: Homecoming merchandise will become available that ties in explicitly with events from the movie. But for now, there's still enough merch out there for the diehard Webheads!

Superhero Stuff: Features everything from underwear and ties to shower curtains and ice cube trays.

Redbubble: A range of t-shirts are available to buy at this site.

Spider-Man: Homecoming Comic Book

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[Via Marvel Comics]

With numerous TV shows and three cinematic outings, Spider-Man has proved time and time again why he's such an enduring character. However, the true fans out there will be most familiar with Parker's 60 years of comic book history.

While it's too early to discern which story liens will be used in the final script, it's likely that early arcs from the '60s will inspire Spider-Man: Homecoming's comic book legacy due to the emphasis on Parker's high school years.

If Tom Holland's appearance in Captain America: Civil War is anything to go by, it looks like Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the best Spidey movie yet. Remember to keep checking back regularly as this Spider-Man: Homecoming guide will be updated with more news, rumors and theories each day in the run up to the film's release and beyond.

What are you most excited to see happen in Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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[Via Marvel Comics Group]

Sources: Birth, Movies, Death, IGN