ByRodrigo Mariano, writer at
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is no doubt one of the most anticipated movies of 2017. From Tom Holland's pitch perfect portrayal of Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, the casting of the legendary Michael Keaton, to what fans saw at San Diego Comic-Con, the comic book movie is already one to keep an eye on for every film fan.

One thing that has caught the attention of many, was the film's inclusion of Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. Why he is in the film story-wise is mostly unclear, besides the fact that the character has ties to the movie's villains. It is not known how large Downey Jr.'s role in the standalone film will be in addition to whether he will act as a mentor to Parker who may still be coping after the death of his uncle. What may Stark be up to in Spider-Man: Homecoming? The information below may provide an answer to that.

Since production of Spider-Man: Homecoming moved from Atlanta, Georgia to New York City, a lot of set photos emerged from the web-slinger's adventures in Queens. The one above reveals that the Stark World Expo will be mentioned in some capacity. The convention has previously appeared in Iron Man 2, with an earlier version showing up in Captain America: The First Avenger. This image, which caught attention to on Reddit, raises a lot of questions on how the Stark World Expo factors into the film. I wish I knew all these answers, but instead — here are three reasons why marketing of the Stark World Expo may be involved in the Spider-ling's first MCU solo outing.

1. The Film May Take Place In The Future, Depending How You Interpret The Dates

After Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the events that have occurred in the series have been known to be set in real time. Even shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil have recognized each other when it came to current events. The most telling of the Stark Expo posters are the dates: 10.17 - 10.27.18. At first glance, the schedule may seem simple — a 2018 technology convention that lasts ten days. But the more a hardcore Marvel fan thinks of it, the harder it is to believe.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is obviously going to take place during the school dance in October. It has already been said that the film will follow Peter in his sophomore year. It is hard to believe that Parker, who is very smart for his age, would still be a sophomore in 2018, if he was a freshman in Civil War. That would lead one to believe that the Stark Expo begins October 2017 and lasts a year, like it did in Iron Man 2.

2. It May Be Just An Easter Egg

It may be disappointing to think that this tease is just a throwaway Easter Egg, but it wouldn't be too surprising if it were just that. Marvel loves to tease audiences, but sometimes fails to follow up on questionable Easter Eggs that could make for big plot points.

One of the most notable was an Easter Egg in Thor. In Odin's vault, there seemed to have been an Infinity Gauntlet held up in Asgard. It seemed as though, almost ten films later, that Feige and crew have forgotten about the powerful glove. Who knows? The Infinity Guanlet shown in Age of Ultron, was for the opposite hand. It is possible that they will return to this plot-hole twelve films after the original Thor, in his final standalone film.

Hopefully, the audience does not have to wait that long to find out how the 2018 Stark Expo went.

3. It Might End Up Being A Major Factor In Avengers: Infinity War

If my timeline predictions are correct, it may mean that the Stark Expo will not only influence Spider-Man: Homecoming, but 2018's Avengers: Infinity War as well. It would be surprising if Tony Stark or Peter Parker did not appear to continue what they started for the Avengers' third outing. If this scenario were the case, it would be very tragic if Thanos, began his conquering of Earth by coming for Stark's whole life's work. This is, only if Vulture did not already find a way to disrupt the convention first. This once again proves that in the MCU there are always endless possibilities.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017

How do you think the Stark World Expo will factor into the MCU?


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