(WARNING: The following contains mild potential plot SPOILERS for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming — or, at least, some speculation regarding the number of scenes a certain Robert Downey Jr. will feature in. Proceed with whatever level of caution your supremely heightened spider-sense suggests to you is wise.)
Now, while there are a whole lot of reasons to get over-excited about #SonyPictures and #MarvelStudios' upcoming collaborative offering, #SpiderManHomecoming, it's worth noting that one seems to stand above all others for many fans, and his name is #RobertDowneyJr.
After all, how can anything else truly compete with the prospect of watching RDJ's #TonyStark mentoring a young #PeterParker for a couple of hours, while teen antics go on in the background? That's the sort of movie plot that was, until recently, the stuff of daydreams and eagerly shared fan fiction.
The only problem?
Tony Stark May Not Be In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' As Much As We Thought
Or, at least, it seems that Stark won't be in Spider-Man: Homecoming quite as much as the film's trailers would seem to suggest. That, at any rate, is what the film's co-producer Eric Carroll suggested to Screen Rant a little while back, suggesting that Stark "might be in like five or six [scenes]" in total.
Which, from the looks of the trailers, would seem to suggest that we've already caught a glimpse or two of pretty much every scene that RDJ is set to appear in.
Which, of course, makes a whole lot of sense. On the one hand, Robert Downey Jr. is the biggest superhero selling point in the world right now, with the success of the Iron Man movies and Captain America: Civil War having very much made him #Marvel's go-to guy for punching up box office receipts. As such, Sony would have arguably been crazy not to a) cast him in the first place, and b) put him front and center in the marketing campaign for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
On the other hand, though, it's worth noting that an overgenerous sprinkling of Stark would likely completely unbalance the movie. It is, after all, set to be a tale of Peter Parker's first real steps into super-heroism, with a solid slathering of teen comedy thrown into the mix. Were Tony Stark to appear in every other scene, there's a pretty decent chance that much of what looks likely to make Homecoming unique would be lost in the process.
In other words? Yes, there's probably going to see less of Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-Man: Homecoming than the trailers have seemed to suggest, and than we might ideally like, but that might just be a good thing.
What do you think, though? How much of Tony Stark do you want to see in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Let us know below!
(Sources: Screen Rant)