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Robert Downey Jr. Joins Spider-Man Homecoming

"Spider-Man Homecoming Loses One Star but Gains Another"

Robert Downey Jr. has finalized a deal to join the cast of Spider Man: Homecoming, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and makes his debut in Captain America: Civil War.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Robert Downey Jr. Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon")

Homecoming has a start date of June 2016, with a cast that includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya in a leading role, and Tony Revolori, from the Grand Budapest Hotel as one of Peter Parker’s friends. Marvel president Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are set to produce.

Sony has held the rights to Spider-Man since the 1990’s, but its recent outings The Amazing Spider Man and its sequel and have both been critically panned despite having box office success. Last year, Sony executives invited Marvel to come in and handle the Spider-Man character. The first step is introducing Holland as Spider-Man in the Marvel’s Captain America series before he goes on to star in his own movie franchise.

With Downey signing on, Spider-Man will remain connected to Marvel not just creatively but literally. Homecoming keeps Spider-Man close to the Marvel universe and its films released by Disney.

"Captain America Civil War" French Premiere in Paris the 18 april 2016 in the presence of the actors Robert Downey Jr. , Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp and the Director Anthony Russo
“Captain America Civil War” French Premiere in Paris the 18 april 2016 in the presence of the actors Robert Downey Jr. , Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp and the Director Anthony Russo

News today states Michael Keaton was in early talks to play the villain, but has since confirmed he will not be a part of the project. The search is still continuing to fill the role.

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