We've known for a while that Sony Pictures, which owns the film rights for "Spider-Man" and related characters, has an agreement that allows Peter Parker to pop-up in films set in Marvel Studios' Cinematic Universe, but the exact terms of that agreement have remained quite vague.
Now, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has revealed that he has been contracted to appear as the web slinger and his amazing alter ego in a total of six films – three solo "Spider-Man" movies, and three Marvel Cinematic Universe flicks.
Apparently this tally includes both "Captain America: Civil War" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming," on which filming recently wrapped. What remains unknown is in which projects Marvel Studios will chose to use Holland.
Expanding on how the deal works for him in practice, Holland told The Hollywood Reporter, "[the studios] give you options and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in 'Avengers,'"
While this might sound like confirmation that Spidey will be appearing in the third "Avengers" flick, the actor was quick to clarify, "I'm unclear as to which [Marvel] movies, though. I do know I have three Spider-Man [appearances in other] movies and three solo movies contracted. But if you have another [non-"Spider-Man"] movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other."
Elsewhere in THR, Holland revealed that his Spider-Man won't be punching his way out of problems – well, kind of.
Emphasising his character's youth and inexperience, Holland said, "every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation, so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that's almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone. It's all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence."
Which sounds not so much like there is isn't going to be any punching in the film, but that it isn't going to be young Peter's intent to hit any of his adversaries.
The actor also added that he had studied the previous performances of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield in the web-head role, saying "I watched every single one [of the previous "Spider-Man" films] years before I even got cast in this movie. And then we watched them all again and just picked little things that I thought was great and that I'd like to keep."
Directed by 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. The film opens July 7, 2017.