If your favorite part of [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) was the re-introduction of a certain web-slinger to cinema screens, then you're not alone. The moment Marvel fans had been waiting for ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off eight years ago finally happened, and it was handled perfectly.
Yes, Spider-Man is here, and from the looks of things Marvel/Disney aren't messing around when it comes to putting their stamp on the character in the wake of the famous Sony rights deal. The previously planned [Spider-Man: Homecoming](tag:3874051) had its release date pushed up to July 7, 2017, and there's been a slew of excellent casting decisions been made recently (we can't wait to see Donald Glover in Homecoming, even if he's not Miles Morales).
The past few weeks have added not only Glover, but Logan Marshall-Green, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, Bokeem Woodbine and Michael Mando as Spider-Man: Homecoming filming begins in Atlanta. And the more big names that jump on board this ship the more excited we get about how the Marvel Spider-Verse is going to grow from here on out.
Why? Because this fresh casting news comes off the back of a statement made by Sony chief Tom Rothman to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the potential for Spider-Man spin-off movies.
You may remember back when The Amazing Spider-Man wasn't terrible (they saved that for the sequel) and was still making big bank at the box office. The Andrew Garfield-starring movies had prompted much discussion of Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs, presumably as a means to right the wrong caused to Venom by his disastrous turn in Spider-Man 3.
Yikes, how do you get Venom/Eddie Brock that wrong?
Anyway, buckle up, because it looks like those Spider-Verse plans are still on the table.
THR: Since you teamed with Marvel, do you plan to make a whole Spider-Man universe? Do you have plans for more work with Marvel?
Tom Rothman: Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.
Well, obviously it's nice to hear that the two studios are getting along, but what we're more interested in is the "yes" given to the question of expanding the Spider-Man universe.
We always knew the introduction of the wall-crawler into the MCU was going to be a big deal — Spider-Man has been the poster child for Marvel ever since he was introduced to massive popularity with readers back in the early 1960s, and he's had a long-time flirtation and some-time affair with the Avengers and their sister teams over the years.
But here it looks like his introduction is going to have effects beyond that of the immediate Avengers team, as Rothman and Sony are fixing to set up a Spider-Verse within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hoh boy.
Perhaps the most interesting thing to take from this is the potential for villainy. THR reports that Bokeem Woodbine will be portraying a villain alongside Michael Keaton, reported to be portraying one of Spider-Man's arch-enemies, the Vulture — who was also a member of the Sinister Six. Hmm.
Top that off with the fact that Logan Marshall-Green is also slated to be putting on his villain shoes and you've already got at least three different antagonists in the one movie. We're not saying this is groundwork for the Sinister Six feature but, if the super-villainous shoes fit...
Of course this could just mean that Sony is already planning to capitalize upon the boatloads of money that Spider-Man: Homecoming is likely to make, but with the creative direction of Marvel Studios, we're super excited to see where this crazy train takes us.