In more Robert Downey Jr. news, it has been confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. is joining the Sony reboot of the Spider-Man franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Sony now have a lot to live up to with their reboot as Spidey’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War has garnered praise from fans and critics. Marvel were able to achieve what Sony have been struggling to achieve with the recent box office failure of the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man reboots. In less than 15 minutes screen time in the roster of Avengers, Marvel set up the upcoming film with both humour and ingenuity.
Recently, a new report which confirms the old rumors that Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his Iron Man role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
When the new Spidey role was being cast, Tom Holland and other candidates were flown in to the Atlanta set of Captain America: Civil War, to read with both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Deadline is also reporting, though, that, while the Spider-Man reboot has gained Robert Downey Jr., the project has also lost Michael Keaton.
Michael Keaton was being sought to play the main villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, who had been rumoured to be Vulture. This new report reveals that the actor has fallen out of talks with Marvel and Sony, as the studios continue to search for the right actor to play this unspecified villain. It isn’t known when production will begin on Spider-Man: Homecoming, but both Marvel and Sony have already set a July 7, 2016 release date. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has already confirmed that it’s possible other Marvel characters could appear alongside Spider-Man, but as of now, Iron Man is the only one who has been confirmed.
There have also been rumours that Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the start of a new Spidey trilogy, which is set within Peter Parker’s high school years. The project will forgo the origin story previously told in the original Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man reboot movies, with Peter Parker already established as the wall crawler, as he juggles his crime fighting activities with his school work. The studios’ plans for a trilogy have not yet been confirmed at this time, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Robert Downey Jr. joins a cast that also includes Zendaya Coleman, who signed on recently to play a character named Michelle, along with Laura Harrier as an unspecified high school student and Tony Revolori as Peter’s schoolyard enemy Manuel. Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing Spider-Man: Homecoming from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation).