Good news, Stark fans! Not only does Marvel and Sony's recent deal to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe mean we're likely to see Spidey turn up in Captain America: Civil War - it also sounds as though Iron Man'll be heading the other way.
Yup, that's right - according to Latino-Review, Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man is making his way to the Spider-movies - and it might not be as Spider-Man's best bud. Instead, apparently:
"A major part of the first film will involve Spider- Man fighting Iron Man and then trying to pass the “audition” to join the Avengers."
Or, in other words...
Iron Man Is Set to Fight Spider-Man on Screen
Because of course he is.
Possibly the most interesting part though is that this suggests we may well see a very different Civil War-era relationship between Spider-Man and Iron Man than we did in the comics surrounding the comic-book event.
There, the duo went from wisecracking buddies (with a strong emphasis on the wisecracking) to something like a mentor/student relationship...
...before, that is, Tony Stark began manipulating Spidey into supporting his side in the Civil War, persuading him to reveal his secret identity, all the while covertly testing his abilities in a newly designed Spider-suit...
...all of which culminated in Spider-Man switching sides, and joining Captain America's team, fighting against Tony and his pro-government forces.
Now, there was never any guarantee that we'd see that exact story-line play out on screen, but from the sounds of it, Spidey's going to emerge from Captain America: Civil War with both some kind of a problem with Iron Man, and a desire to join the Avengers. Which could, quite honestly, either be played as completely faithful to the comics, or completely different to them.
Either way, though - it's not the only news Latino-Review had regarding Spider-Man's solo movie.
There's a Whole Lot More Besides...
The site's source also suggested that:
- We won't see an origin story for Spidey, which makes sense, seeing as he's likely to appear in a Marvel release before the arrival of his solo-movie.
- Despite rumors to the contrary, Dylan O'Brien won't be playing Spider-Man - being seen as too old for the high-school aged casting, and already too engaged in his own franchise.
- The movie will likely be called The Spectacular Spider-Man, and be both written and directed by Drew Goddard.
- It'll feature Spider-Man battling the newly-formed Sinister Six (who may then go on to have their own spin-off movie, but not before).
All of which sounds...pretty plausible. The only problem? Latino-Review doesn't necessarily have the most consistent track record when it comes to these things actually turning out to be true - and an awful lot of their source's claims smack a little of educated guesswork, or of preliminary conversations between Sony and Marvel. So, for now, we may have to take it all with a pretty substantial pinch of salt.
I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that we'll see RDJ in the new Spidey solo-movie, though...
What do you think, though? Will we see Iron Man in Spidey's solo movie? If so, should we? And just how would/should it happen?