It's easy to question Iron Man's decision to draft a teenager into a superhero battle, but it's hard to deny that Tony and our new Spider-Man had hilarious chemistry in Captain America: Civil War, so Marvel's decision to cast Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-Man: Homecoming makes perfect sense.
However, aside from flirting with Aunt May, it's unclear what Iron Man's role in Spider-Man: Homecoming will be exactly. Will Tony continue to promote the Sokovia Accords, encouraging Peter Parker to sign, or will Iron Man just act more like a mentor figure now that the MCU is aware of Spider-Man's existence?
New light may have been shed on Iron Man's role in Spider-Man: Homecoming with the news that Chris Evans would like to join the movie as Captain America, presumably with no sneaky Hydra-inspired ulterior motives.
In an interview with MTV News, Evans discussed a number of topics, including the future of his beloved character and where he should appear next:
“'Guardians' would be fun wouldn’t it? I mean, but that’s very outer spacey. Cap’s more of an earthbound guy. Maybe the next 'Spider-Man' [movie]. You know those are going to be fantastic and I think Tom’s such a great actor, so that might be a fun one to pop up in.”
Iron Man may have shared more screen time with Spider-Man than Cap did, but the two did share a heartfelt moment during Captain America: Civil War, bonding over their shared love of New York City. It's not hard to imagine the pair exchanging more banter in Spider-Man: Homecoming if this cameo ever materializes, but is such a thing even likely?
What do you think, Chris?
"Marvel is doing something that no one else is doing, this crossing over of characters in films, so if they want to utilize that in any capacity, I'm willing."
Evans certainly seems keen to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tom Holland himself recently shared this sentiment too, but if a cameo does happen, how would Captain America's involvement affect Iron Man's role?
While it's doubtful that the Civil War fight will continue to play out on an epic scale in Spider-Man: Homecoming (it is the Wall-crawler's first movie with Marvel after all), tension following the events of the last Captain America film could certainly continue to build here.
Alternatively, Marvel could choose to go down the other route and begin to build bridges that lead to Iron Man and Captain America reuniting, ready to face the threat of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Personally, we wouldn't want too much attention drawn away from Peter Parker. Sure, it's great to continue building the world of the MCU through these crossover appearances, but if Evans does appear alongside Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a small cameo would probably serve the film best, keeping the tone more light-hearted.
Marvel has their work cut out for them here though, as it would be pretty hard to top Steve Roger's unexpected cameo in Thor: The Dark World.
If Evans gets his way, Captain America will next appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming when it hits cinemas on July 7, 2017, but if not, Rogers will confront Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1 on May 4, 2018.