After years of rights issues that kept Spider-Man away from Marvel's other iconic heroes, Sony and Marvel Studio struck a deal to share the character's rights, which allowed the web-slinger to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland has opened up about how this access to the MCU makes his Spider-Man unique, and what that uniqueness means for the character's motivation in future films.
"I think the difference now is that Peter Parker finally has an all-time goal, and his goal is to become an Avenger," Holland told Yahoo Movies. "Everything he does, even though he's doing it for the right reasons, is done so that one day he can become an Avenger and prove himself to Tony Stark. And I think we've never really seen Spider-Man with that kind of motivation before."
Sony has released two other series starring Spider-Man, but the beloved wall-crawler's rights weren't shared with Marvel Studios at the time, so characters owned by Marvel and Fox couldn't appear in those films. Tobey Maguire played Spider-Man in the first trilogy. However, after mixed reaction to Spider-Man 3, Sony rebooted the franchise and cast Andrew Garfield in the lead role. Garfield's series ended after 2014's Amazing Spider-Man 2 performed below expectations. While it's unlikely Fox's Fantastic Four and X-Men will join the MCU anytime soon, Marvel and Sony seem to want Holland to play the role for quite some time, with the actor slated to appear in six films -- three of which will be solo movies.
Spider-Man: Homecoming follows the events of Captain America: Civil War. Described as "a coming-of-age story," the film 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 new enemy, the Vulture (Michael Keaton). Spider-Man is also slated to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, which means that the wall-crawler will at least be working closely with the Avengers in the future. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the character will become an active member.
Directed by Jon Watts (Clown) from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), Spider-Man: Homecoming, stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Zendaya as Michelle, and many more. The film swings into theaters on July 7.