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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.
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.
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.