Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels will keep Peter Parker in high school

Captain America: Civil War introduced us to a much younger version of Peter Parker than we’re used to seeing on the big screen, and we’ll be getting a much better sense of his high school and superhero life in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming (opens in new tab). Right now Tom Holland can convincingly play a 15 year old but that won’t last for long, which begs the question – how long will this version of Peter Parker stay in high school post-Homecoming?

“This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year?”, Kevin Feige told Collider (opens in new tab). “Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those? I don’t know what, but it was sort of how do we do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years, which was one of the early ideas we had for the movies”.

The early Harry Potter films followed its heroes through a year in Hogwarts, so if the upcoming Spider-Man films are taking their cue from that franchise then we can look forward to at least one more film of Peter and his friends in high school (judging by the John Hughes-esque footage that was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con (opens in new tab) (read our report here (opens in new tab)), that’ll suit me just fine). Before sequels are green-lit though, Marvel will want to gauge the reaction to Homecoming: 

“The first step was reintroduce a new Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Civil War and have people leave the theater saying, ‘I love that Spider-Man. I wanna see more of him.’ I think that’s happened. The next step is making a great Spider-Man: Homecoming and a great film that showcases Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and makes everybody fall in love with him all over again. Should we be able to make more after that? Sure”.

Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Donald Glover, and Zendaya, Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into cinemas on July 7, 2017.

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