(Warning - the following contains mild, largely inoffensive potential SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War. Proceed with whatever level of caution your innate SPOILER-aversion suggests is wise...)
Now, amidst all the excitement and geekery-fueled speculation surrounding Captain America: Civil War, it's easy to forget one key thing: a whole lot of what we assume to be true about the movie isn't actually going to happen. With so much rumor being reported as fact, and everyone at Marvel seeming to actively throw misinformation into the mix to mess with us, a whole lot of what we assume we'll see in Civil War isn't actually going to hit the screen.
Troublingly, that also includes the appearance of a certain friendly neighborhood wall-crawler. That's right:
Spider-Man Hasn't Actually Been Officially Confirmed to Be Appearing in 'Captain America: Civil War'
Now, sure, Tom Holland's been spotted heading to the set of the movie, and certain comments from key Marvel figures have certainly suggested that he's there to film a small-ish part in the movie, but it's not actually been officially confirmed that he'll be appearing. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige in particular has always been careful to heavily imply the hero's involvement, without explicitly stating it.
Why do we all assume that Spidey's in the movie, then? Well, that's the result of a triple-whammy of the hinting listed above, the character's integral role in the comic book Civil War, and, in large part, us all just really wanting him to be in it.
Which, sadly, hasn't actually been officially confirmed... until now.
Yup, that's right:
Robert Downey Jr. Just Confirmed That Spider-Man is in 'Captain America: Civil War'
Specifically, in an on-set interview with EW's Anthony Breznican, he revealed this:
"[Don] Cheadle and I are just going, ‘Wow, dude, look at this.’ We’re now like the old guard, and our storyline carries real weight just because of our history in the [canon]. But we’re also looking around like, ‘Who thought that Falcon and Black Panther and Ant-Man and now Spider-Man…?’ I mean it’s like wow, this thing is just crazy."
Which... pretty much confirms it, right? Well, maybe. The only problem being that Chris 'Captain America' Evans evidently lived up to his on-screen counterpart's reputation for dutiful professionalism, and added:
"You never know with Marvel...Sometimes they shoot things and then don’t use them."
Which... muddies the waters right back up again, just after RDJ had seemed to clear them up.
The real clincher, then? While watching a battle scene unfold during that same set visit, Breznican reports having seen...
"...a particularly large battle going on involving many different characters from the film. Most of them, you know about already. But one, standing off to the side, was a stuntman wearing a very familiar red and blue suit that covered him from head to toe."
Which, admittedly, Kevin Feige apparently responded to with:
"Listen, if there was a cosplayer running around that set when you were there, I don’t know what to tell you."
The thing is, though, Breznican also spotted something else:
"...during the very same battle sequence, just hanging around off-camera, Robert Downey Jr. comes strolling by. He’s laughing and talking with his arm slung over the shoulder of a young man who, if Feige is right, is doing some pinpoint Tom Holland cosplay – and wearing a full Spider-Man suit, except for the mask."
So, in other words, not only will Spider-Man be appearing, but he'll be fighting the good fight alongside our other heroes during the course of the movie.
Which is all... kind of what we'd already assumed – but it sure is nice to know for sure.
What do you reckon, though?