The first wave of reactions for Spider-Man: Homecoming have now made their way online, and many have cited the movie as easily the best Spidey flick to date. Tom Holland's performance as the web-slinger is one of the first aspects that people have jumped to when heaping praise, but the hero off-screen looks to be director Jon Watts.
His direction has not gone unnoticed by the film's producers, though, and both Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal have made it clear that they want Watts back at the helm when Spidey returns for a presently untitled sequel.
"Certainly that’s the intention for sure," Feige said in an interview with Collider.
"He knocked it [Spider-Man: Homecoming] out of the park," Pascal said. "We would be crazy [not to]. He did a wonderful job and the whole atmosphere of the movie, all the things that people like about it are the things he brought to it. He’s really special."
Watts himself was more reserved on the subject since the film has not yet released theatrically, but did confirm his involvement going forward.
"I don’t like talking about anything until the movie comes out… [But] yeah I think I’m signed for two movies," Watts said.
With Tom Holland also signed on for the long haul, it makes sense for the partnered studios to keep Watts at the helm and allow everyone to grow together in their respective roles, especially given the success that James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and the Russo brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War) have had when sticking to one Marvel project long-term.
Arriving in theaters on July 7, director Jon Watts’ 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.