Spider-Man: Homecoming is well on its way to a blockbuster opening weekend, with $15.4 million from Thursday night previews giving the franchise reboot a jump start on an expected domestic debut of between $100 million and $110 million. That could climb even higher, with the Marvel and Sony co-production earning glowing reviews.
Critics have praised Tom Holland's performance as a quirky Peter Parker, but the film's other hero may be the man behind the camera: director Jon Watts, who expertly created a tone akin to a 1980s coming-of-age film, one that works simultaneously as a teenage comedy as well as a superhero film. With Homecoming's assured success, Watts' involvement with the announced sequel might seem like a foregone conclusion, but the director has yet to confirm his return.
"For me it’s one movie at a time,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t wait to see [Avengers] Infinity War because I know what they’re doing but I don’t know the specifics. I feel like with Tom and with Spider-Man in this Marvel universe we’re just scratching the surface of what we can do."
For what it's worth, Holland appears much more certain of the director's return. "[Watts] is coming back for the next one," he insisted. "We can’t do another Spider-Man movie without Jon Watts."
In theaters now, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.