WARNING: The following article contains potential major spoilers for the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, arriving July 5, 2019.
While fans are still grappling with events of Avengers: Infinity War, and what they may mean for the untitled sequel, Marvel Studios is focused on the promotion of Ant-Man and The Wasp, the production of Captain Marvel, and the development of the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, which may have reeled in Jake Gyllenhaal is its primary villain. Little else is known, officially, about the kickoff of the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we may now have some tantalizing clues.
Purported plot details posted on Reddit may be little more than well-reasoned fan fiction, but they certainly seem to fall in line with the tone of the rebooted franchise, beginning with the sequel's supposed title: Spider-Man: Field Trip, which not only continues the school theme of 2017's Homecoming, but reflects recent confirmation that the sequel will move beyond New York City.
Attributed only to "a reliable source," the rumored plot points contend that Tom Holland's Peter Parker will mourn the loss of his mentor, Tony Stark, in Avengers 4. However, Spider-Man will have little time to grieve, as the sequel is allegedly driven by the theft of groundbreaking Stark technology -- by Mysterio, naturally -- and Peter's attempts to retrieve it.
According to the purported breakdown, Field Trip will be set primarily in London, where Peter and his classmates have traveled for a conference sponsored by Stark Industries. The film is said to introduce not only Jessica Drew, as a British agent pursuing Mysterio, but also a new rival for Peter: prodigy Alistair Smythe, who in the comics is perhaps better known as the villain Ultimate Spider-Slayer.
The rumored details also point to minor roles for Scorpion and Vulture, a surprise Marvel Comics villain revealed as Mysterio's employer, and, unsurprisingly, a buildup to the Sinister Six.
None of these points is exactly shocking, although it may stretch credulity to think Marvel and Sony are laying the groundwork for the Ultimate Spider-Slayer somewhere down the road (of course, there's nothing saying Smythe will actually graduate from tech rival to full-blown villain). The death of Tony Stark in Avengers 4 has long been assumed, if for no other reason than Robert Downey Jr.'s renegotiated contract with Marvel Studios is coming to an end.
Directed by Jon Watts, the (officially) untitled sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei. Pretty much everything else is rumor and speculation.