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Ever since the news broke that Sony and Marvel had reached an agreement to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rumors have been swirling about when and how we would first see him. We’ve been talking for months about how we expected to see the web slinger in Captain America: Civil War, but here’s the thing, Marvel has never actually confirmed that the wall-crawler is in the film. However, Iron Man just did.
Leave it to Robert Downey Jr. to just break all the rules. It’s the thing that Tony Stark would do anyway, right? Entertainment Weekly was on the set of the new movie recently and they asked several of the actors about the status of Spider-Man in the film. Chris Evans said he wasn’t allowed to say. Sebastian Stan claimed to have literally no idea who Tom Holland was playing in the film (we’ll come back to that one). However, when they asked Robert Downey Jr., he just went and spilled the beans like he gets paid $50 million and doesn’t care or something.
[Don] Cheadle and I are just going, ‘Wow, dude, look at this. We’re now like the old guard, and our storyline carries real weight just because of our history in the [canon].' But we’re also looking around like, ‘Who thought that Falcon and Black Panther and Ant-Man and now Spider-Man…?’ I mean it’s like wow, this thing is just crazy.
Tom Holland, according to the report, was also spotted on set wearing a Spider-Man costume, so unless he was just there to mess with the press, we have more confirmation. Also, to be fair, Sebastian Stan also made something of a confirmation as well, even if he didn’t mean to. Tom Holland has been officially confirmed by Marvel to be the next Spider-Man, it’s simply that the only movie he’s been officially announced in is the next Spider-Man standalone film. If Stan just confirmed that Holland is in Civil War at all, and he did, then we know who he’s playing, since having him play a different character here would make zero sense.
As much as we like to go chasing after news, we’re totally fine with Marvel trying to keep Spider-Man under wraps. It’s like the current questions surrounding Luke Skywalker in The Force Awakens. We know he’s in the new Star Wars movie, but we have no idea when or how, and that’s fun. Mystery is cool, especially when you feel good that the mystery is hiding something strong. Marvel hasn’t steered us wrong yet, so we think the next incarnation of the web head is going to be something to see and we can’t wait to see it.