This summer's Captain America: Civil War did far more than just set up the Phase 3 films; it also allowed Marvel to show the world that they definitively know what to do with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We instantly fell in love with Tom Holland's take on the character, and we cannot wait to see what he and Jon Watts do with the character when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters next year. The Web Head's first solo outing will undoubtedly take inspiration from all Marvel adventures that have come before it, but according to Kevin Feige: the new series could even take a cue from the Harry Potter series.
While speaking with Collider at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained that a series of Spider-Man movies could follow the same format as the Harry Potter films. He elaborated:
Should we be able to make more after that? Sure. This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? 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.
Kevin Feige seems to think that the Spider-Man franchise could go on following the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming. He goes on to liken the passage of time to that of each of the Harry Potter films, which take place over the course of the titular character's full year at Hogwarts, and then subsequently come to an end when the school year closes out. Spider-Man and Harry Potter often deal with similar coming of age character beats, so it's not a bad idea for Marvel to play around with.
Given the way the Marvel Cinematic Universe already operates, this seems like the best way to go about crafting a Spider-Man series within the MCU. Marvel movies have advanced in real time, beginning with Iron Man in 2008, and actively acknowledging the time that passes between each major adventure depicted in each movie. If Peter Parker is a sophomore in high school at the time of Spider-Man: Homecoming, then releasing an annual film every year for the next three years could allow the filmmakers do watch Peter go from junior year, to senior year, and then finally follow him to college. Considering the genius casting of a 19-year-old, baby faced Tom Holland this is entirely feasible.
All that being said, Marvel has a reputation for putting one foot in front of the other. They will need to see how Spider-Man: Homecoming performs before committing wholeheartedly to the character in that way. We will bring you all of the latest and greatest Spider-Man: Homecoming details as they become available, and make sure to catch the movie when it hits theaters on July 7, 2017.