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Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers Returning For Sequel, Director Jon Watts In Talks

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If you enjoyed Spider-Man: Homecoming, then we have good news for you. It sounds like two of the film’s writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are returning for the currently-untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. Now, before you start celebrating too hard, it’s worth noting that while Homecoming holds up as an incredibly fun high school action-comedy, it boasted an entire crew’s worth of writers.

The screenplay alone boasts six writers — Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers. Based on the order in which they are credited, it looks very much like McKenna and Sommers had their hands in the final draft of the script. This is very comforting, as that means the duo were responsible for the way things ultimately ended up (though the contributions of the other writers shouldn’t be understated).

Regardless of how much they were involved in the script,
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Jon Watts In Talks To Direct ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts is officially in talks to direct the sequel for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. Spider-Man: Homecoming has been out there for around two weeks now, and after glowing reviews, pretty much across the board, bagged over $470 million in box-office revenue (and climbing).

The Hollywood Reporter reports the news of Watts’ potential involvement in the sequel, which already has a release date set for the summer of 2019.

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the first stand-alone movie for Tom Holland in the title role, who starred alongside the likes of Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers wrote the movie.

The sequel will release on July 5th, 2019. More as it comes in.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Ending Explained by Marvel Boss Kevin Feige

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Ending Explained by Marvel Boss Kevin Feige
If you didn't go to the Thursday night preview screenings of Spider-Man: Homecoming last night, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk. Among the hot topic of fans leaving Spider-Man: Homecoming Thursday previews was the rather surprising ending, which could easily take the franchise in exciting new directions. Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened up about why that ending was chosen, revealing it is something he has wanted to put on film for several years. This is your last chance to avoid Spoilers, so stop reading now if you haven't seen Spider-Man: Homecoming yet.

We've known for many months, through trailers and other footage, that Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) best friend Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) finds out early on that Peter is in fact the Spider-Man, giving Peter someone to share this massive secret with. The movie's final scene reveals that, after spending the
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review – A Second Opinion

Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya | Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers | Directed by Jon Watts

After a Spider-Man trilogy that hasn’t aged well in light of the newer superhero films, and after a failed reboot by Sony that included two lackluster films (to put it gently), Sony has teamed up with Marvel to make the Spider-Man film that fans have been wanting for decades. This time, Tom Holland takes up the web as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, a teenager trying to juggle his life as a teenager and as the newest New York superhero. Parker wants nothing more than to be the next member of the Avengers and under the watchful eye of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), he’s well on his way to the being the best friendly neighborhood
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Climbs to $15.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Climbs to $15.4 Million on Thursday Night
Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swung to an impressive $15.4 million at 3,493 North American sites on Thursday night.

It was the third-highest Thursday night preview gross of 2017, trailing only “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $17 million and “Beauty and the Beast” with $16.3 million.

An early survey of Thursday night moviegoers showed strong support for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” with 48% rating it “excellent” and another 38% as “very good,” according to comScore/Screen Engine’s PostTrak.


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Box office trackers have forecast an opening weekend take ranging from $85 million to $110 million at 4,348 locations. The studio estimates a lower $80 million. Critics have been raving about the film, which carries a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tom Holland stars as a 15-year-old Spider-Man, after playing the character once before in “Captain America: Civil War.” The superhero strives to become worthy of holding the title of Avenger, under the skeptical guidance of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Review

Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Zendaya | Written by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers | Directed by Jon Watts

Obviously, “Homecoming” has multiple meanings, not least of which is Spider-Man’s switch to the cool side of the Marvel fence, outside of Sony’s control. Makes sense. One could argue that the very DNA of the modern Marvel movie machine is based on what made Sam Raimi’s first two movies so successful: larger-than-life characters tackling real-world themes, with a lightness of touch that didn’t undermine the gravity of the drama. It’s a difficult balancing act; one which Marc Webb’s aborted reboot largely failed to replicate.

Today, Marvel is a blockbuster production line of Toyota-like efficiency, and part of its success lies in squeezing the authorship out of its directors. It was too much for Edgar Wright,
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Peter Parker swings into the McU with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Last week, I got the chance to check out Marvel’s latest outing, the combined production with Sony that relaunched Spider-Man. Yes, I’m talking about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film screened pretty early for critics, which is almost always a sign of quality, and that sure was the case here. With it opening this week, it’s worth raving about, just a little bit more. This movie is outstanding, one of the year’s best. It also marks a really strong entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, with that, today I’m going to be running down a list of the McU titles so far, focused on where Peter Parker and his web slinging alter ego fit in on the list. You see this list at least once or twice a year, but this is the most up to date one yet, obviously. First though, a quick bit more on this flick.
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Slideshow: Laura Harrier of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ at Film Preview in Chicago

Previous | Image 1 of 3 | NextLaura Harrier portrays Liz in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’

Chicago – Chicago welcomed one of its own back home when Laura Harrier, who portrays the key role of Liz in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” appeared at a Chicago preview for the film on June 21st, 2017. Harrier lived in nearby Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Evanston Township High School in 2008. The actress/model first gained notoriety in 2013, when she portrayed Destiny Evans in the reboot of the soap opera “One Life to Live.” Her appearance in “Spider-Man: Homecoming marks her major film debut. photographer Joe Arce captured these Exclusive Portraits of Laura Harrier during her appearance at a Chicago Preview for the film at the AMC River East Theatre. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

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Film Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Spins a Web of Fun

Chicago – Summer movies should be fun, and the superhero craze has Marvel Studios combining their adventures with a little joy. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” mostly contains that big high spirit, with Tom Holland portraying the title character with youthful zeal and energy.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

What also makes the film different is that its set in high school, and it is a high school with the awkwardness of that atmosphere, albeit with diverse and good-looking students. The audience comes in shortly after the current Spider-Man had been introduced, in the previous Marvel Studios Avengers film “Captain America: Civil War.” Spidey is a whooping cowboy type as performed by Holland, headstrong and curious on his own. He is challenged in this film by the “Vulture,” a criminal whose basis in larceny is class warfare. That clash is framed by a good old fashioned high school romance, as Spidey’s hormones are also tingling. There is almost too much happening,
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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is an instant superhero classic

Marvel really can’t seem to do any wrong these days. They just have a feel for how to make some of the best blockbusters in the business. That trend will continue in a big way next month with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a team up between Marvel and Sony. Getting the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a nice little cue, though the best part is just how amazing the movie is, no pun intended. Basically every part of this new Spider-Man franchise is the best that this character has ever been treated. It’s truly a spectacular comic book flick. The McU is lucky to have this friendly neighborhood wall crawler. Thankfully skipping over another origin story, this reboot puts Peter Parker (Tom Holland) already on the ground, having established him briefly in Captain America: Civil War. Following those events, we follow teenager Peter as he
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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is Nimble, Lighthearted Superhero Fun

Despite the fundamental truth that art is, at the most elemental level, unnecessary to survival, its unequivocal power to reward the soul and imagination proves undeniable across every culture and time period. This conviction was recently put to the ultimate test when it comes to the third launch of a Spider-Man in this infantile century, and particularly under the circumstances: crammed into a roster-heavy franchise threequel in a cinematic universe that, at the time, already spanned 13 films. While the neighborhood’s friendliest superhero was merely a blip in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland is now getting a proper introduction with his own feature, and, against all odds, it just about works. Despite succumbing to the seemingly inescapable monotony that pervades most final setpieces in this genre, the film exudes a charismatic quality of nimble fun with its playful direction and lighthearted lead performance.

Despite what the Robert Downey Jr.
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Watch the Spider-Man: Homecoming Red Carpet Premiere Live

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Watch the Spider-Man: Homecoming Red Carpet Premiere Live
Sony and Marvel proudly invite one and all to experience the World Premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Live from Hollywood! On June 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Pt/9:00 p.m. Et as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary Tcl Chinese Theater! This Live event, available to watch at,, and, will get you up close and personal with the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming like no one else can! While you're watching you can also tweet using the hashtags #SpiderManHomecoming, follow @SpiderManMovie on Twitter and like Spider-Man on Facebook at

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere is co-hosted by's Tamara Krinsky and Lorraine Cink. Scheduled to appear are, Tom Holland, Robert Downey, Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Tyne Daly, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Donald Glover, Bokeen Woodbine, Laura Harrier, Hannibal Buress, Jon Favreau,
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Spider-Man: Homecoming - director Jon Watts interview

Rob Leane Jul 4, 2017

Jon Watts chats to us about Spider-Man: Homecoming, sequels, Vulture, Tony Stark, Venom, Stan Lee, Marc Webb and more...

Back in 2015, I spoke to Jon Watts via an international phone line. I was at home, and he was deeply entrenched in Marvel Studios, beginning work on the film we later came to know as Spider-Man: Homecoming. The main topic of discussion back then was his Kevin Bacon-featuring micro budget thriller, Cop Car.

A year and bit later, on a blisteringly hot June day, Watts and I met for real in a swanky London hotel. He was just as lovely in real life as he was on the blower, enthusiastically chatting about Homecoming, the future of Spidey at the cinema, and a number of other projects. Here’s the transcript...

[Nb: this interview took place before all the 'Venom is in the McU'/'no it isn't' hoohah.]

In the press notes, one thing jumped out at me: apparently you made stick-figure videos while Marvel
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Did Jennifer Connelly Secretly Join Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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Did Jennifer Connelly Secretly Join Spider-Man: Homecoming?
With exactly two weeks left until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, it seems that a new mystery cast member has been unveiled. The IMDb page for Spider-Man: Homecoming has added Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly to the cast, with the actress portraying "Karen/Suit Lady." This casting has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time that news of a surprise casting addition happens just before a Marvel movie is released.

When Marvel announced the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the studio made a list of cast members that have been confirmed to attend, as part of the tip sheet sent to members of the press covering the event. That tip sheet included two cast members who had not been previously announced, Julie Delpy as Madame B, who trained a young Natasha Romanoff to become the Black Widow, and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, the wife of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). When production began last year on Captain America: Civil War, fans were surprised to find William Hurt as part of the cast, reprising his role from 2008's The Incredible Hulk as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. It remains to be seen if Marvel plans on confirming this casting as we get closer and closer to the July 7 release date of this Spider-Man movie.

Aside from the IMDb listing, no further details about this character have been given, but if it is true, this won't be her first time starring in a Marvel movie. Five years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, Universal Pictures released Hulk, which starred Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross. When Marvel Studios released The Incredible Hulk in 2008, just months after Iron Man, Liv Tyler portrayed Betty Ross alongside Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, who was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012's The Avengers. The actress is also married to Paul Bettany, who plays the iconic character Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's worth noting that anyone can edit a film's IMDb page, so it's possible that this could have been added by someone who was given some inaccurate information. On the other hand, the movie has already started screening for members of the press, so it's also possible that someone could have seen the movie and then added Jennifer Connelly's character into the movie's IMDb page. Regardless, fans will find out in exactly 14 days whether or not Jennifer Connelly is part of this highly-anticipated Spider-Man movie. There has already been one Spider-Man: Homecoming early reaction, which claims its the best Spider-Man movie ever.

If Jennifer Connelly is part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, she joins a diverse cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Michelle, who has been rumored to be the daughter of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. The Vulture, but that report was shot down. The cast also includes Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Michael Cherus as The Tinkerer, Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita and Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds. Jon Watts, who made his directorial debut with the indie hit Cop Car, directs from a script by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Jon Watts, Chris McKenna, Christopher Ford and Erik Sommers. Hopefully we'll find out more about Spider-Man: Homecoming as we get closer to the July 7 release date.
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Peter Takes His Driving Test in Spider-Man: Homecoming Teaser

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Peter Takes His Driving Test in Spider-Man: Homecoming Teaser
Even though he has a coveted internship at Stark Industries, and moonlights as a celebrated superhero, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has the same everyday problems as most high school kids. One of these problems is highlighted in a new short film from Audi that ties into Spider-Man: Homecoming, where Peter goes to take his driving test, with the help of a high-tech Audi prototype that he borrowed from his friend Tony Stark. This will be the first of several new Audi-produced digital shorts that will lead up to the July 7 release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will feature the exclusive first look at the new Audi A8. The luxury sedan can be seen for the first time on-screen in the movie, but we have two new photos of this vehicle below.

Making its film debut, the Audi A8 features the latest in future Audi AI technology, including the Audi AI traffic
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Another new Trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into action

Yesterday, Sony and Marvel continued to stoke the flames of excitement for their superhero team up with a new Trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Having your friendly neighborhood web-slinger join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or McU) not just for this hybrid production and last year’s Captain America: Civil War, but for all McU outings going forward is a big deal. Still, you have to nail the standalone film first. If that movie doesn’t work, then you’re really nowhere with the character, despite a promising debut last spring. Luckily, this Trailer suggests a very fun flick. You’ll see it below, so sit tight a bit, as we’ll begin once again with a bit of discussion! Once again, for those not in the know, the film is a reboot of the iconic character. This one is set within the world of the McU, essentially following the events of
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Iron Man Throws an NBA Party in New Spider-Man: Homecoming Video

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Iron Man Throws an NBA Party in New Spider-Man: Homecoming Video
Spider-Man gets invited to Tony Stark's NBA Finals party in a new Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot. It appears that Marvel and Sony Pictures aren't through promoting Spider-Man: Homecoming yet today. First there was the new epic, action-packed trailer this morning and now comes something a little lighter and fun. It's currently the end of May and in addition to summer blockbuster movies opening, it's also time for the NBA Finals, which apparently even superheroes care about. One particular superhero, Tony Stark, is throwing a huge party to see if Lebron James and the Cavaliers can do it again.

Sony Pictures' Official YouTube page unveiled the new television spot today and it shows Tony Stark picking out what to wear to his party while his assistant Happy Hogan is sporting a strikingly similar goatee to Starks, asking if he should invite the young Peter Parker. Spoiler alert, Parker is invited to
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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man: Homecoming Trailer Is Crazy Fun

Sony Pictures has released a lively new trailer for Spider-man: Homecoming.

In his review for Captain America: Civil War, Jim Batts says:

“…the breakout new addition to the Marvel movie universe may be Tom Holland as Peter Parker, the amazing Spider-Man. Holland (so great in the 2012 disaster drama The Impossible), brings a vulnerable charm to Pete while exuding boyish enthusiasm (and lots of “smack talk” chatter) to ole’”webhead”, stealing every scene, and leaving us anxiously awaiting his screen return in Spider-man: Homecoming. Now this is our Spidey!”

This is bound to be one of biggest hits of the Summer!

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-man: Homecoming.

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei
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Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has been confirmed for The Avengers 4

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Spider-Man: Homecoming hasn’t even hit the big screen as yet but talks surrounding his future appearance with The Avengers has been doing the rounds since his appearance in Captain America: Civil War last year. During a recent press gathering, the president of Marvel Studios made it perfectly clear the company still plenty of plans in store for the web-slinging hero.

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Having confirmed that Spider-Man will appear in the fourth Avengers movie as well as a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Kevin Feige, However, also revealed that the character’s future in its current manifestation with Tom Holland leading the charge in his lycra suit doesn’t go any further than The Avengers 4 and the sequel at this time stating “that is all Marvel Studios has planned with Sony Pictures. Well, for now, that is”. Feige also said Marvel Studios has no part
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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” drops a fun new Trailer

Yesterday morning, a second Trailer was released for the Sony/Marvel team up Spider-Man: Homecoming, which seeks to relaunch the character as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Getting Spidey into the McU was a big accomplishment in and of itself, but now making a webslinger movie that stands out from the two previous franchises will be another battle entirely. So far, things seem to be very promising, as evidenced with this new wall crawler debuting to acclaim in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, and that’s only further showcased with this new Trailer. You’ll be able to see it below, but as always, a bit of commentary is in order first! The film is a reboot of the character, set within the world of the McU, essentially following the events of the aforementioned Captain America: Civl War. Here, we follow teenager Peter Parker (Tom Holland
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