It was a hell of a journey to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War — at least that’s how it felt for fans. Spider-Man had long survived in his own little world through five movies and two iterations. He was Marvel’s most bankable character, and even of the producers of his films, Avi Arad, had all but said that you’d likely never see Spidey in the same frame as Captain America any time soon.
Yet, a few short years later, that’s exactly what we saw. What’s more is the news that Tony Stark would show up in Spidey’s next film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, further cementing Peter Parker's existence in this special, superhero-laden world…at least that’s what we thought. A couple weeks back, when speaking to Variety, actor Tom Holland — who portrays the MCU version of Peter Parker — made a comment that brought into question whether or not we would see Spider-Man in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
“It’s all up in the air,” he told the outlet. “I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
Of course, when it comes to getting real information, the last place you usually want to go is to an actor. In the grand scheme of things, unless they have producing power, they’re generally the last to know, and in some cases, only find out through the trades if they’ve been cast in a role or not.
So is there any truth to this? Unfortunately, it sounds like it. Speaking with Collider, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige gave an update on the status of Spidey joining the film, proving that just because he showed up in Civil War, that didn’t necessarily mean it would be a lot easier to get him in other movies as well.
“We’re figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man: Homecoming just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.”
And as far as which characters we could expect to see in Infinity War:
“It is I would say that is part of the surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything one way or another.”
I suppose we’ll just have to do what he says and wait it out. As they’ve proven in the past, sometimes time is all that’s needed to move things along.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017, and Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, less than a year later. They’d better figure it out fast.