BREAKING: Robert Downey Jr. Cast in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By April 21, 2016

Just ahead of the release of Captain America: Civil War, which features the introduction of this soon to be iconic onscreen duo, it looks like we won’t have to wait very long before we see Tony Stark/Iron Man and Spider-Man in a movie together again.

Following the recent rumors and confirmation of other MCU characters in the film, THR is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. has officially closed a deal to star in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, alongside the film’s star Tom Holland, and the already cast Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, and Laura Harrier. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, and mark the first solo Spider-Man movie coming from both Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

Michael Keaton has also been rumored to be playing one of the villains in the film as well, though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. The report states that getting RDJ to star in the film required a new set of negotiations to be made involving his contract, which already also includes both Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, and it’s unclear if the new deal focuses around Downey only starring in Homecoming, or subsequent sequels to the film as well.

So this is some pretty stellar news for a number of reasons. In addition to continuing to build their relationship set up in Civil War (which is done brilliantly, I might add), it also further cements the newest iteration of the character’s ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, keeping him close to the guy who not only started everything, but has remained at the forefront of the MCU ever since as well.

It’ll be interesting to see how substantial of a role Tony Stark has in the movie, which will apparently follow Peter on an emotional journey to finding his way home again, and if he’ll be a legitimate supporting player, or merely a cameo. The mentor/protege relationship set up in Civil War could make for an even more entertaining dynamic between the two, as well as allowing for strong character moments for the duo to share, which Civil War manages to pack in during a brief amount of screen time. I can’t imagine what kind of things we’ll get to see these two do together, for an entire film. Sign. Me. Up.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable