The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Spider-Man may be forever young, at least according to Marvel producer Eric Caroll. During a set visit, Caroll revealed to Screen Rant that this latest iteration of Peter Parker will be in high school for a while yet.
According to Caroll, Peter Parker is a sophomore in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and subsequent films will follow him through high school. As such, any sequels to “Homecoming” could take place in Peter’s junior or senior years; seeing as Marvel Studios and Sony have already greenlit a sequel, which is due out in July 2019, it seems likely that Caroll and the other masterminds behind “Spider-Man: Homecoming” are already setting the stage for Spidey’s future.
Previous “Spider-Man” films have found Peter in high school, but not for very long. In the 2002 “Spider-Man” film, which starred Tobey Maguire, Peter spent only the opening in high school; he soon graduated and spent the rest of the film trying to find his place at the Daily Bugle. Likewise, the 2012 “Amazing Spider-Man” film series starring Andrew Garfield found Peter graduating at the start of the second movie.
Though Peter has since moved on from high school in the comics, his history as a high schooler is one of the hallmarks of the character. After he was introduced in “Amazing Spider-Man” #15, he was one of the first comic book characters to lead his own title as a high schooler, and thus this became a staple of the character. This was expanded upon in Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s popular “Ultimate Spider-Man” series, which debuted in 2000; in this series, the character spent the majority of his arc in high school. The series eventually led to the creation of an animated series of the same name, based loosely on the comic series.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” follows the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” The film, described as “a coming-of-age story,” finds Peter attending his high school for gifted kids, trying to impress his new benefactor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and also dealing with a pesky arch enemy, the Vulture (Michael Keaton).
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.