– by Joseph Jammer Medina

“Just how is this new Spider-Man film going to be different from the past 5?”

We were all kind of asking ourselves that very question when we heard that they’d be having yet another standalone Spider-Man film. How would Peter Parker himself be different, and how would they manage to make the film  more than just a retread of the Sam Raimi trilogy? Tom Holland blew away the haters with his unique and wide-eyed take on the character in Captain America: Civil War, and with his next standalone film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, they’d take advantage of one big aspect they couldn’t have had before: the Marvel Cinematic Universe itself.

For Spider-Man: Homecoming, that would manifest itself in theform of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark — played by Robert Downey Jr. In this particular movie, he’d serve as a mentor for Peter Parker in his transition from your average ordinary rogue vigilante to a fully-fledged superhero. This would help to differentiate it from the other films, and would also (and more importantly) help put butts in seats that would otherwise be more skeptical.

But what about for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (or whatever they end up calling it)? Would Tony Stark always be around to interact with Peter and show him guidance? It doesn’t sound like it. But don’t think that means the ties to the MCU will be any less prevalent in the next film. According to a new report from THR, Sony will be getting a “to-be-determined” marvel character for their next entry, and that Iron Man won’t be that character.

Personally, this sounds like a great approach. Keep this franchise fresh by highlighting the ties the MCU, and give him a chance to interact with more members of the Avengers than just Tony. Like Ant-Man for instance. It’s probably the least interesting choice, but I can imagine the interactions between Spider-Man and Ant-Man to be all kinds of hilarious. Heck, maybe even throw Cap in there — though that may be a bit of a retread of Tony with the whole father figure thing.

Regardless of which way they go, the possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to see which way they go!

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.